Dolphin swims to top-10 finish in 6 events

Patrick Webb finished in the top 10 in all six events he swam for the Kingman Dolphins Swim Team boys 11-12 division at the 2008 Arizona Swimming's Age Group State Championships July 17-20 at Chandler High.

Jacob Miyauchi was a top-ten finisher in two events and nearly broke into that group a third time as the Dolphins finished in 19th place out of 32 teams with 98 points. The Dolphins were six-and-1/2 points ahead of La Camarilla Swim and eight points behind Prescott Aquatic. Brophy East Swim Team won the event for swimmers 14 years old and under with 3,130 points.

Webb's best finish came in the 200-meters butterfly as he took fourth with a time of 2:46.04. Webb came in seventh place twice. He swam the 100 butterfly in 1:16.74, and the 400 freestyle in 5:07.06.

These three events have qualified Webb for the 2008 Pacific Swimming Far Western Age Group LC Championship Wednesday through Aug. 3 in San Jose, Calif. Though other Dolphins have qualified for this meet in the past, Webb will be the first Dolphin to attend and compete in it.

Webb also took eighth place in the 400 individual medley and finished 10th in both the 50 and 800 freestyle.

Miyauchi's top-10 finishes came in the 200 butterfly and the 1,500 freestyle. Miyauchi took sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 21:23.40 and eighth in the 200 with 3:27.33. Miyauchi almost cracked the top 10 in the 200 backstroke, placing 11th with a time of 3:00.95. He also competed in the 50 backstroke and 400 freestyle.

Miyauchi joined Webb in a couple of firsts for the Dolphins at the state meet. This was the first time that the Dolphins had qualifiers for the 800 and 1,500 freestyle. It was Webb who qualified for the 800, and Miyauchi was in the 1,500.

Brady Cowin, boys 10 andunder, Curtis Henry, boys 11-12 and Alexis Bathauer, girls 11-12, also competed for the Dolphins at the state meet.

It's a busy weekend for the Dolphins as the seniors, those 15 and over, will be at the 2008 Arizona Swimming's Senior State Championships at Arizona State University in Tempe today through Sunday.

Chris Workman, Shane Hall, Amy Webb and Mariah Moon will represent the Dolphins.

The rest of the Dolphins will host Needles in a dual meet starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park.