Windsor dominates SCL swim tournament

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Allie Davis and Sam Haley each collected two gold medals as Windsor’s swim team convincingly captured the girls’ and boys’ titles at the Sonoma County League Tournament on Saturday.

The Jaguars won the girls’ competition with 319 points to 256 for runner-up Analy, while the boys held a 265.5-208 advantage over second-place Casa Grande. The meet was held at Ridgway Swim Center.

Windsor also dominated the regular season standings, with the boys going 9-0 and girls 8-0-1.

After setting meet records in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle in Friday’s preliminary round, Davis won the finals in both events Saturday.

In the 100, the junior was clocked in 53.33 seconds, nearly a second quicker than runner-up Haley Cahill of Petaluma.

The 200 final was a runaway as Davis completed the distance in 1:54.79 while Analy’s Antonia Sturr was second at 2:13.05.

“I got off to good starts in both finals and led all the way,” Davis said. “I was definitely better in the preliminary round. My goal was to set meet records in both events and I was happy I was able to accomplish that in the prelims.”

Davis’ record time in the 200 was 1:51.61, bettering the mark of 1:52.67 she set in 2009.

In the 100, she stopped the tele-timer at 52.41, erasing the mark of 52.97 set by Healdsburg’s Katie Van Horne in 2002.

“I’m more confident and not as nervous as I used to be,” Davis said. “My teammates have helped with that. There’s such a high level of energy on our team.

“I’ve worked a lot to improve my turns and pulling more water with my strokes. It’s paid off this year.”

Haley’s two blue ribbons came in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

The junior took the 200 in 1:57.55, more than three seconds quicker than runner-up Alex Xu of Casa Grande. In the 100, he was timed in 52.71, nearly three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Dylan Steiner of Casa Grande.

“We’ve had a great year and I was happy for the kids that we did so well in the SCL Tournament,” Windsor coach Catherine Davis said. “They have such good attitudes and are so supportive of one another. That really helps.”

Headed by Davis’ daughters, Allie and Haley, Windsor will have its largest contingent ever at North Coast Section next Friday and Saturday in Concord.

Micaela Luders, Lindsey Clark-Warren, River Poze and Ben Crabb have qualified, and several others are expected to receive at-large berths.

Rebecca Baxley of Analy signaled she’s ready for NCS as she turned in the second-fastest 100 backstroke ever by an Empire high school female. The sophomore was timed in 56.43. That’s second only to the 55.76 recorded in 2006 by Amanda Sims, the Montgomery grad who went on to star at Cal.

Luders, who is a freshman, finished second at 57.50. That’s third best all-time in the Redwood Empire.

Baxley also won the 200 individual medley in 2:07.87, nearly 12 seconds quicker than Clark-Warren.

Baxley learned to swim when she was 10, and when it became apparent she was a natural, she joined the Piranha Swim Team in Rohnert Park. Now she competes with the Neptunes in Santa Rosa.

Other individual double winners on Saturday were Casa Grande’s Reid Whaley (100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle), and Analy’s duo of sophomore Nate Kuhn (200 and 500 free) and freshman Jonathan Knox (100 free and 100 back).