Dolphins boys win Tomlin

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The Dick Tomlin Memorial Invitational was held at Centennial Pool Saturday. McKenzi Wood (facing camera in water) waits to emerge after her race as a new one begins.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br> The Dick Tomlin Memorial Invitational was held at Centennial Pool Saturday. McKenzi Wood (facing camera in water) waits to emerge after her race as a new one begins.

Patrick Webb and Brady Cowin each captured five first-place finishes at the Dick Tomlin Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Centennial to lead the Kingman Dolphins boys to the meet championship. Kingman edged out Anthem for the boys title.

Webb, in the 11-12 division, took first in the 100-meters, 200 and 1,500 freestyles, the 100 butterfly and the 400 individual medley. Cowin won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles along with the 50 and 100 backstroke in the 8-and-under division.

As a team, the Dolphins won 21 of the more than 90 events that were swum over the two-day swim meet. "This was the first year that the Dick Tomlin had gone two days," Dolphins coach Michael Perrine said. "The kids did really well, especially those who aren't in the year-round program."

Chris Workman, Tyler Julle, Patrick Tribbett and Jacob Miyauchi each took first place twice for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins girls team finished in third place as Anthem captured the girls meet. Alexis Bathauer led the girls with three first-place finishes, the entire total that the Dolphins girls had for the meet. Bathauer won the 100 and 200 freestyles and the 100 backstroke.

In combined scoring, the Dolphins finished the meet in second-place behind Anthem.

Now that the Dick Tomlin is behind them, the Dolphins have set their sights on the 2008 Arizona Swimming Long Cour se Age Group State Championships that starts today and runs through Sunday in Chandler. All divisions except the senior age group will swim at the state meet this week. The seniors will compete next week.

The Dolphins are sending seven swimmers who have qualified for the meet this week. An eighth qualifier, 10-and-under swimmer Kegan Snoddy, will not make the event due to prior family commitments. Snoddy had qualified for five events.

Miyauchi and Webb lead the Dolphins by qualifying for six events each. Miyauchi will compete in the 11-12 division in the 400 IM, 50 and 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, and the 400 and 1,500 freestyle.

Webb, also in the 11-12 division, qualified for the 50, 400 and 800 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly and the 400 IM.

Bathauer, another 11-12 division swimmer, has qualified for five events. She will be in the 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke and the 400 IM.

Curtis Henry, 11-12, will take part in four events. Henry's events are the 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly and the 400 IM.

Alek Dunton, 10-and-under, secured three races that include the 50 and 200 freestyle and the 50 butterfly. "I've been dropping a lot of time," Dunton said when he talked about his successes this season. "I made it in three events and dropped 21 seconds in my 200 freestyle."

Brady Cowin, 10-and-under, will race in the 100 backstroke and Hanna Olney, 11-12, has qualified for the 50 breaststroke.

"It says a lot about Brady qualifying in the backstroke," Perrine said.

"He's not been able to swim the event at all the events because they weren't held."

Perrine said that he is hopeful about the state meet and expects good results from the Dolphins.

"At the state meet, we have competitors from everywhere," he said. "They should be pushed with the best from around the state.