The Douglas High School swim teams kicked off their season last week with a dual meet against Desert Christian.
The Bulldogs were defeated 73-59 while the Lady Bulldogs fell 74-65.
In the boys meet, Tristen Luna won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:34.17. He was also first in the 100 breaststroke posting a time of 1:12.32.
In the 200 free style race Quentin Herrera placed second with a time of 2:33.83 and Israel Andrade was third with a time of 2:48.72.
Herrera and Saul Salinas finished in third and fourth place in the 50 freestyle posting times of 29.33 and 30.33 seconds respectively.
In the 100 freestyle Gabriel Aguilar came in first with a time of 1:02.03 and Jose Moreno third with a time of 1:25.75.
The Bulldog swimmers swept the top two spots in the back stroke as Aguilar came in first with a time of 1:15.38 and Rogelio Martinez second with a 1:15.90.
In the relay events Douglas’ 400 freestyle relay team of Herrera, Salinas, Luna and Martinez came in first with a winning time of 4:18.25.
The Bulldogs 200 freestyle relay team of Aguilar, Patrick Ramacho, Israel Andrade and Herrera finished second with a time of 1:59.90 while the Bulldogs other relay team of Juan Martinez, Diego Luy, Javier Busanez and Jose Moreno were fourth with a time of 2:36.91.
Douglas’ 200 medley relay team of Aguilar, Salinas, Luna and Martinez came in second with a time of 2:06.56.
In the girls meet, Douglas’ 200 medley relay team of Vctoria Grijalva, Victoria Morales, Frances Young and Carolyn Miller came in second with a time of 2:16. The other relay team from Douglas, Ariana Sanchez, Andrea Parra, Ana Morales and Zenaida Parra placed third with a time of 2:32.89.
In the 200 freestyle Young finished second with a time of 2:50.80 and Parra was fourth with a time of 3:09.89.
Grijalva finished second in the 200 individual medley recording a time of 3:03.08.
In the 50 freestyle relay Miller came in first with a time of 27 seconds; Victoria Morales was third with a 29.63 and Ana Morales fourth with a time of 31.85.
Miller also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.40; Grijalva was third with a 1:12.93.
Zenaida Parra finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 8:06.44.
In the 100 backstroke Parra was second with a time of 1:31.09 and Brianna Salcido finished fourth with a 1:45.12.
Young won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:27.48; Ana Morales third with a time of 1:37.09 and Sanchez fourth with a time of 1:39.77.
The Lady Bulldogs 400 freestyle relay team of Victoria Morales, Victoria Grijalva, Ana Morales and Miller came in second with a time of 4:40.35
The 200 freestyle relay team of Ana Morales, Salcido, Sanchez and Andrea Parra was second with a time of 2:20.46 while the other relay team of Maria Palacios, Kayla Parra, Andrea Guerra and Sara Altamirano was fourth with a time of 2:31.77
Douglas’ swim coach Michelle Cardenas said afterwards she felt her teams performed really well for the season opener.
“A lot of these swimmers haven’t swam before,” she said. “Probably a good two-thirds of our team is new. It was awesome to have everybody out there swimming. We did lose but we’re not discouraged.”
Some of the races had more than one heat and that was due to the increase in numbers.
“It’s great to have heats,” she said. “The numbers are fantastic. … It makes it more fun.”
The coach said Miller had a good meet for the girls and showed she will be a serious competitor and Luna for the boys showed he’s going to be a state contender as well.
The DHS swimmers are back in action Thursday swimming at Cholla.