Bathauer, Narvarte win points titles for Dolphins

KINGMAN - Alexis Bathauer and Diego Narvarte each were first-place points-winners for the Kingman Dolphins Swim Team at the 4th Annual Ride The Way Havasu Winter Challenge Jan. 30-31 at Lake Havasu City.

Bathauer won the girls 13-14 Division with 144 points that she tallied with four first-place finishes and four thirds. She beat out Paige Grimes of the Anthem Dolphins by seven points, and Bathauer knocked off nearly 10 seconds off her best time in the 200-meter backstroke when she won the race in 2:52.1.

Narvarte was victorious in the boys 7-8 Division with 140 points to win by 16 over Daniel Simmons of Anthem. Narvarte had two firsts, four seconds and two thirds on his way to the points title. He beat his best time in the 100 individual medley by a whopping 37.41 seconds.

KDST took 39 swimmers to the event, many of whom were swimming in their first meet. The Dolphins finished third in the six-team meet and finished ahead of their hosts, the Havasu Stingrays.

"I was impressed with our new swimmers," KDST coach Beth Mathe said. "The younger swimmers were out in force and scored big points for the team. I'm proud of our older swimmers as well. They swam hard and scored a lot of points."

Patrick Webb scored two firsts and six seconds but could not overcome Mickey Scharbrough of the Stingrays for first place in the points championship in the boys 13-14 Division. Webb did take off some spectacular times in his events. He took nearly two minutes off his 800 freestyle time and more than a minute in both the 400 freestyle and the 400 individual medley.

Brady Cowin took first in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke in the boys 9-10 Division. He trimmed the medley time down 12 seconds to 3:27.06.

Kade Juelfs in the boys 7-8 Division and Jeff Watkins in the boys 13-14 Division each had a first-place finish. Juelfs won the 25 breaststroke, and he took off 32.35 seconds off of his 100 freestyle time when he finished fourth in that race.

Watkins won the 100 backstroke in his inaugural timed swim.

"I'm happy we were able to finish ahead of the Stingrays," Mathe said. "This is a credit to our swimmers who believe in what the coaches are teaching them and are working hard to obtain their personal goals as well as the goals of the team."

Qualifying Dolphins will head to the Lost Dutchman Meet hosted by the Rio Salado Swim Club in Chandler Feb. 13-15.