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Sonoma boys out-swim ’Hounds, girls upended at Healdsburg

Sonoma’s Rick Taggesell, seen competing recently at the Sonoma Aquatic Center’s pool, won the 100-yard freestyle event and anchored the boys’ victorious 400 free relay team during the Dragons SCL dual-meet win over Healdsburg last Thursday. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s Rick Taggesell, seen competing recently at the Sonoma Aquatic Center’s pool, won the 100-yard freestyle event and anchored the boys’ victorious 400 free relay team during the Dragons SCL dual-meet win over Healdsburg last Thursday. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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Back to full strength after pulling out a hard-fought Sonoma County League dual-meet win the week before minus four of their top competitors, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity boy swimmers racked up another road win, while Sonoma’s girls’ team fell short of a second straight SCL victory.

Opening and closing their league dual with convincing relay wins, the visiting Dragon boys defeated Healdsburg 87-79, led by the triumphant 200-yard medley relay team of junior Adam Curry and sophomores Cian Lacy, Jack Lewis and Max Sheppard in 2 minutes, 7 seconds; and the first-place 400 relay team of Curry, Lacy, junior Rick Taggesell and sophomore Jacob Paine in 4:11.0.

Also leading the Sonoma boys were Lacy’s 100 butterfly first-place-finish in 1:09.0; Sheppard’s 100 backstroke first place in 1:17.0; Taggesell’s 100 free first in 1:02.0 and 100 breast-stroke second place in 1:16.04; Curry’s 500 free first in 6:13.0 and 200 individual medley (IM) second in 2:44.0; freshman Jackson Mighell’s 200 free first in 2:30.0 and 100 breast third in 1:20.0; Lewis’ 50 free second in 27.89 and 500 free third in 6:38.38; and frosh Brandon Barmore’s 200 free and 100 breast thirds in 2:33.0 and 1:20.0, respectively.

The Lady Dragons dropped a 92-66 decision to Healdsburg, paced by junior Amanda Gillion’s 200 IM and 100 fly first-place finishes in 2:42.0 and 1:12.0, respectively.

Sonoma’s girl swimmers were also paced by senior Gina Peil’s 50 free second in 29.30 and 100 fly third in 1:30.0; sophomore Briana Lehane’s 500 free second in 7:55.0; frosh Cameron Taggesell’s 100 back second in 1:22.0; senior Maria Hawing’s 200 IM and 100 free thirds in 3:09.0 and 1:16.0, respectively; sophomore Natalie Baker’s 500 free and 100 breast thirds in 8:01.0 and 1:35.0, respectively; and frosh Jasmine Johnstone’s 200 free third in 3:21.0.

The Dragon swim teams travel to Santa Rosa for a 4 p.m. SCL dual meet with Piner Thursday, April 24.