All-Empire Swimming and Girls Swimmer of the Year

Swimmer of the Year
ALLIE DAVIS, Windsor, junior

Windsor’s Allie Davis started swimming at such a young age that she doesn’t remember all the details.

But her mom, Catherine, has vivid memories of her fearless 6-year-old daughter in the pool.

“Allie was always the one jumping in before everyone else,” Catherine said.

“You know, without supervision, jumping into the deep end.”

Allie came by her love of the water naturally. Her mom is her coach at Windsor High and her grandfather, Ken Hicken, was a freestyler from Great Britain who, at 16, qualified for the 1944 Olympics, which weren’t held due to World War II.

Nearly seven decades later, it’s clear Allie is doing her part to continue the family legacy.

Davis placed an exclamation mark on her junior year with a third-place finish at the North Coast Section Championships in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth-place finish in the 500 free, events in which she is the Empire’s all-time record holder. Davis, who is the Empire Girls’ Swimmer of the Year, is also closing in on qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Davis is 1.18 seconds away from qualifying for the Trials in the 200-meter freestyle.

Davis says her success has come as something of a surprise. She broke the Empire records of legendary Maria Carrillo swimmer Maya DiRado in the 200 and 500 free. DiRado capped her freshman year at Stanford this spring with a pair of top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships.

“Maya was just crazy fast,” Davis said.

“I never thought I’d be at the level I am now. It’s really exciting.”

— Eric Branch

Rebecca Baxley, Analy, sophomore
Jenna Bauer, Montgomery, freshman
Haley Cahill, Petaluma, junior
Karissa DeRousseau, Maria Carrillo, senior
Micaela Luders, Windsor, freshman
Angelica Nowack, Montgomery, freshman
Kate Sabourin, Montgomery, sophomore
Celine Sargis, Santa Rosa, freshman
Reid Whaley, Casa Grande, sophomore
Taylor Young, Ursuline, sophomore

Dawn Barlow, Summerfield Waldorf, junior
Ariana Bates, Montgomery, junior
Ashley Boyle, Analy, junior
Lindsay Clark-Warren, Windsor, junior
Kirsten Craig, Windsor, senior
Savannah Moen, Montgomery, junior
Meghan O’Rourke, Montgomery, senior
Julia Personeni, Ursuline, sophomore
Allison Straus, Ursuline, junior
Antonia Sturr, Analy, sophomore