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Wed, Dec. 11

Dolphins turn a few heads at state meet

Kael Juelfs

Kael Juelfs

KINGMAN - The Kingman Dolphins Swim Team had a strong showing at the 2010 Arizona Swimming Long Course Age Group Championships at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe July 22-25. KDST finished in 19th place out of 34 teams with 11 top-10 finishes.

The 10-and-under 200-meter freestyle team of Jacob Catalfamo, Kael Juelfs, Marco Narvarte and Brady Cowin put together a great swim to place second for the Dolphins. They turned around and placed third in the 200 medley relay.

Juelfs also placed in the top 10 with a third place swim in the 100 breaststroke, fourth in the 50 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley.

Cowin also had three top-ten races when he finished fifth in the 100 backstroke, eighth in the 50 backstroke and ninth in the 100 freestyle. He also placed 15th in the 100 butterfly.

Catalfamo finished 10th in the 50 butterfly and was 14th in the 400 IM.

Patrick Webb (14) took seventh in both the 400 and 1,500 freestyles. He was also 11th in the 800 freestyle, 13th in the 200 butterfly and 14th in the 400 IM.

Giancarlo Narvarte (12) scored points for the Dolphins by taking 14th in the 400 IM, and Marco Narvarte (10) took 12th in the 200 freestyle and 16th in the 100 freestyle.

Christina Barton (10) added to the Dolphins' tally by taking 16th in the 50 breaststroke, and Blair Benefield (14) did as well.

"I think we turned a few heads with our performances," KDST coach Beth Mathe said. "Our swimmers stepped up to the plate and delivered. They dug deep and performed wonderfully."

Matt Bathauer, Mike Bathauer, Aden Dunton, Diego Narvarte, Jacob Miyauchi and Alexis Bathauer were also in the KDST contingent.

"Everyone had great swims and they all had time drops," Mathe said. "This shows the hard work from all our swimmers this summer season."

KDST wrapped up the summer season at the Cottonwood Invitational Friday. Results were not available by press time.

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