KINGMAN - A moment of silence began the Surprise Willow Canyon - Kingman High swim meet Wednesday at the Del E. Webb Wellness Center. It was one year ago when KHS swimmer Allissa Buchanan died in a one-vehicle accident on her way to swim practice.
After remembering their teammate, the Bulldogs came close to pulling off a sweep against Willow Canyon. The KHS boys team beat the Wildcats 103-67, but the girls fell, 87-81.
The boys won 10 of the 11 events, including the first 10. Patrick Tribbett, Jacob Aviles, Hunter Workman and Patrick Webb got things rolling for the Bulldogs with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.47.
Tribbett then won the 200 freestyle, Workman the 200 individual medley, Webb the 50 freestyle, Workman the 100 butterfly, Austin Bracken then took the 100 freestyle, and then Webb won again in the 500 freestyle.
Tribbett, Bracken, David Yingling and Webb won the 200 freestyle relay, Tribbett then took the 100 backstroke and Aviles made it 10 consecutive for KHS with a win in the 100 breaststroke.
"They did a really good job," KHS boys coach Randy Wilke said. "Even at the Brophy meet, everyone took off time."
The Bulldogs swam at Brophy last Saturday, and Webb qualified for the state tournament with a provisional time in the 500 freestyle. He currently has the 17th fastest time in Class 5A-II with 5:09.53.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Tribbett, Workman, Aviles and Webb has also qualified provisionally. They are 20th with a time of 3:46.17. The top 24 times qualify for state.
"We only have the region meet left in which to qualify," Wilke said. "We have to get everything together and gel there. It's the last chance."
The KHS girls team led 79-75 with one event to go, and coach Beth Mathe had to make a hard decision. On the cusp of getting their first win, the Bulldogs wanted to try for some class records. Mathe went along, set up relay teams filled with freshmen and seniors rather than her 'A' team.
As a result, Willow Canyon took first and second in the 400 freestyle relay to outpoint the Bulldogs 12-2 for a come-from-behind win.
"That's on me," Mathe said. "I wanted them to get a win, but they wanted to get the class records."
KHS did win six of the 11 events. Jamie Rose won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Lexi Bathauer took the 100 butterfly and backstroke, and Raina Gentry won the 100 freestyle.
Stephanie Lowes, Courtney Phillips, Dallas Dudley and Gentry combined to win the 100 freestyle relay for the Bulldogs and now hold the senior class record.
"I'm seeing constant improvement," Mathe said. "I'm starting to see the fight at the end of meets when we're tired. The fight is lasting longer."
Mathe said Rose is close to qualifying provisionally for state in the 50 freestyle, and Rose, Bathauer, Gentry and Taiza Savage have a shot in the 200 freestyle relay.
KHS swims against Phoenix Goldwater at 3:45 p.m. Monday at the Wellness Center. The region meet doesn't begin until Oct. 29.