KINGMAN - At the beginning of the year, first-year coach Callie Peat's goal was to make some changes to the Kingman High swim record board that hangs at the Del E. Webb Wellness Center pool.
After Wednesday's home meet, Peat is pleased at how the season has gone, with Patrick Webb as a new addition to the board this year.
"They all made huge improvements and that was my main goal for them - to drop time," Peat said. "The kids were so fantastic and they worked really hard for me. At the beginning they were a little apprehensive, like 'why do we have to do this,' and I think they saw the payoff at the end. I had a lot of kids tell me that this is the fastest they've ever swam."
While there weren't as many changes to the record board as she had hoped, it was still a very successful season for the Bulldogs, with Webb already qualifying for the state meet in the 500 freestyle and a boys relay team is in the running for state as they have secured a preliminary time.
"I'm really excited to have some state hopefuls, a relay team and some kids in a few events that might go to state," Peat said. "I'm really excited about that."
Hunter Workman and Webb led the Bulldogs Wednesday to a 117-14 win over Flagstaff.
Workman finished first in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.19 seconds and placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.99. Webb took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.14 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:25.84.
Other first place finishers for the boys were David Yingling, 200 individual medley (2:29.03); Patrick Tribbett, 200 freestyle (2:19.37); Paul Yingling, 100 backstroke (1:08.86): and Austin Bracken, 100 butterfly (1:06.23).
On the girls side, Jamie Rose led the team with a pair of first place finishes in 50 freestyle (28.27) and the 100 butterfly (1:13.45) as the Lady Bulldogs fell 91-49.
KHS has two regular season meets left before heading to the regional meet Oct. 28-29 and the state meet in Mesa Nov. 3-5.
But while the season is coming to a close, Peat is excited at the prospects for next year and once again making changes to the record board.
"I'm excited on that because I have already exceeded last year's team with these guys," Peat said. "We still want to get some of those records. Every year that's the goal, and we want to get more kids to swim. We want to build and get a bigger team so when we are competing in these dual meets we have a chance to win as a whole team. We really need numbers to do that."
Other placers for KHS included:
Austin Bracken, 2nd, 100 freestyle, 1:02.20; Brandon Grimes, 4th, 200 IM, 3:03.25; 3rd, 100 butterfly, 1:28.70; Dalton Fichter, 3rd, 100 freestyle, 1:12.30; 100 breaststroke, 2nd, 1:34.86; David Yingling, 100 backstroke, 3rd, 1:11.77; Geo Sheng, 3rd, 50 freestyle, 38.02; Jessica Jablonski, 3rd, 100 freestyle, 1:18.30; 5th, 100 backstroke, 1:30.78; Kelly Eaton, 5th , 100 freestyle, 1:23.97; 4th, 100 backstroke, 1:27.69; Makayla Newberry, 3rd, 50 freestyle, 30.98; 2nd, 500 freestyle, 6:25.36.
Makenzie Wood, 3rd, 200 freestyle, 2:24.98; 2nd, 100 breaststroke, 1:30.46; Patrick Tribbett, 2nd, 100 backstroke, 1:10.08; Paul Yingling, 2nd, 100 butterfly, 1:13.19; Richard Jenks, 2nd, 50 freestyle, 34.63; 3rd, 100 breaststroke, 1:37.36; Sierra Hinds, 4th, 50 freestyle, 36.68; 4th, 100 breaststroke, 1:39.39; Wyatt Brooks, 4th, 500 freestyle, 6:11.53.