Juneau-Douglas began the 2011 swim and dive season on a high note, sweeping the opening Region V Craig Swim Meet over the weekend in Craig.
The girls’ team took first with 104 points, 32 points better than second-place Ketchikan. Thunder Mountain finished third with 33 points, followed by Sitka’s 17, Petersburg’s 13 and Craig’s 9.
“The girls did great. They did very well on focusing on the things they needed to do,” JDHS co-coach Kathie Millhorn said. “We came into the meet focusing on technique, and I was really happy to see the girls apply all of the things we’ve been working on.
“They weren’t worried so much about what everybody else was doing, and I think that worked in their benefit this weekend.”
Things were much tighter on the boys’ side, where 10 points separated first-place JDHS — which brought just four swimmers — from fourth-place Thunder Mountain. The Crimson Bears edged the Panthers 59-57 for top honors, Ketchikan was just five points back of Craig with 52 points, followed by Thunder Mountain and Sitka, tied for fourth with 49 each. Petersburg was sixth with 40 points.
“It’s interesting it turned out that way because we only traveled with four: Nathan Messing, Tatsu Monkman, Dakota Scranton and Cody Schick,” Millhorn said. “We had one boy in each event, and Cody had to scratch the fly because we were a little concerned after he said his back was bothering him on Friday.
“But they had a great showing for just the four of them. They did an awesome job.”
Thunder Mountain coach Jason Wilson was pleased with his team’s performance, with a few swimmers setting personal records.
Wilson said the team was a bit tired after a full day’s travel to Craig, but he feels like their training is coming along.
“This was the first meet and we’re two-and-a-half weeks into our training. The first thing I noticed right off the bat is some of our swimmers look like they’re swimming tired, but they’re also looking strong,” he said. “That’s kind of a contradiction but they look powerful in the water, though a little sluggish.
“It’s a long trip to Craig and I think we swam pretty tired on Friday, but I know Kenny Fox bettered his 50 free time by a few tenths of a second,” he continued. “We had a lot of freshmen swimming for the first time and I thought they did really well.”
Wilson said the weekend was a good gauge to see where the team is at, but there will be no rest for the weary.
“No, no. No resting,” he said. “We actually swam today on Sunday and did a light workout to loosen up. I gave the kids off tomorrow to let them sleep in for a day, and we’ll hit it hard for the next two meets. We won’t start tapering until before the last meet in Ketchikan.”
The next meet is at Petersburg Sept. 9-10.