Webb shines for Dolphins

Patrick Webb is pictured at the Kingman Dolphins swim Wednesday night at Del Webb Fitness Center.  Last weekend, Webb qualified for 11 events at the state meet.
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Patrick Webb is pictured at the Kingman Dolphins swim Wednesday night at Del Webb Fitness Center. Last weekend, Webb qualified for 11 events at the state meet. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

The Kingman Dolphins Swim Team will have representatives in 36 events at the Age Group State Championships March 15-18 at the Brophy Sports Campus in Phoenix.

The Dolphins qualified at the Spring Age Group Regional on Feb. 29-March 2 at the Southwest Valley YMCA in Goodyear.

"Overall, this was one of the best meets we have had," coach Michael Perrine said.

"All of the swimmers have been working hard, and their work paid off for them this weekend."

Patrick Webb led the Dolphins by qualifying for 11 events at the state meet. In the 11-12 years old division, Webb captured first place at the regionals in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 butterfly.

Webb also qualified in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle, the 50 and 100 butterfly along with the 100, 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Perrine said that Webb's performance in the 1,000 freestyle was amazing, as Webb knocked off 33-seconds of his time to qualify.

"I'm just excited to be in so many events," Webb said.

Kegan Snoddy, in the boys 10 & under class, qualified in five events. Snoddy qualified in the 50 back, 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 IM and 100 breaststroke. Perrine said that it was the meet of Snoddy's life as the youngster dropped at least four seconds off of his time in each event.

"There was a lot of competition, and it just made me swim a lot faster," Snoddy said.

Jacob Miyauchi, also in the 10 & under class, qualified in the 50 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 400 IM and the 500 freestyle. This was the first time that Miyauchi swam the 400 IM, and he qualified with 25 seconds to spare, according to Perrine.

"I was nervous in the IM because I hadn't done it in a while," Miyauchi said.

"But I did think I would be able to qualify."

Hunter Workman also qualified for four events, his are in the 13-14 class. Though Workman didn't qualify for the 100 IM, he did drop 10 seconds off of his time.

Workman will swim at the state meet in the 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly and the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

"Four is more than I have qualified for in the past years," Workman said. "It's all pretty exciting."

The theme for the Dolphins at the regional meet was their uncanny ability to knock time off of their previous bests. Even those Dolphins that didn't qualify for the state meet were able to accomplish this team goal.

Alex Bathauer dropped nine seconds off of her time in the 200 freestlye. Brady Cowin also dropped off nine seconds; his in the 100 backstroke and Mathew Donohoe knocked off four seconds in his 400 freestyle.

The Dolphins also have three swimmers in the Seniors Division who have already qualified for state, but did not swim at the regional meet.

Mariah Moon will swim for the Dolphins in the 50, 100 and 500 freestyle and Amy Webb will swim in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. Chris Workman has already qualified in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

"I can't even explain how proud of all the swimmers that I am," Perrine said.

"The board had set a goal for a swimmer to qualify for regionals and state in each age group, and we were able to achieve that goal."