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Local swim/dive teams compete in Petersburg

Posted: September 10, 2011 - 11:08pm

Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain each competed in a two-meet, two-day swim and dive competition with four other Southeast schools over the weekend in Petersburg.

The results were the same for both days, with the Ketchikan girls and Petersburg boys winning both meets.

On Friday, the Ketchikan girls finished first with 122 points, followed by Juneau-Douglas with 97, Petersburg was third with 46, Thunder Mountain fourth with 22, Sitka fifth with 18 and Craig sixth with 8.

The order of finish was the same Saturday, with the Kings scoring 129 points to the Crimson Bears’ 109, followed by the Vikings’ 67, the Falcons’ 43, the Wolves’ 22 and the Panthers’ 13.

“The kids did great this weekend and I’m pleased with how they swam,” JDHS co-coach Scott Jones said. “Ketchikan has strong (girls’) team and we also used this meet as an opportunity to use kids in events they might not have swam for a year or two — not events where they would necessarily place the highest. It was a good opportunity to have them swim things they normally wouldn’t.”

Local winners included Juneau-Douglas’ Haley Mertz in Friday’s girls’ 200-yard individual medley (2:20.86) and 100 butterfly (1:05.37), and the team of Auri Clark, Julianna Lukshin, Jocelyn Cayce and Talyn Ramos also won the girls’ 200 free relay in a time of 1:51.44

Clark won Saturday’s 100 fly (1:03.60), and Ramos the 100 free (1:00.17),

Petersburg won Friday’s boys’ meet with 109 points, followed by Sitka (62), JDHS (59), Craig (42), TMHS (32) and Ketchikan (23).
The Vikings scored 122 on Saturday, followed by the second-place Wolves’ 88, the Bears’ 82, the Panthers’ 50, the Falcons’ 38 and the Kings’ 37.

Local winners included Cody Schick in Friday’s boys’ 200 free (1:53.75) and 100 back (59.13), Nathan Messing in the boys’ 100 fly (57.08) and Tatsu Monkman in the 500 free (5:25.52).

On Saturday, Messing won the 200 free (1:57.96) and 100 back (57.74), Monkman the 200 IM (2:14.31), Schick the 50 free (22.51),

JDHS swimmer Calder Otsea said the Petersburg boys’ teams swam a strong meet and benefitted from having its full team.

JDHS had just seven swimmers on the boys’ side.

“We did well for the events we were swimming,” he said. “I got all best times and other people did, too, and we swam well as a team. Petersburg was especially strong since we were in Petersburg, and they had all of their swimmers. Sitka was strong, too.”

Keith Andrews also swept both days of dive competition, the first of the season for the Bears, after scoring 180.7 points the first day and following it up with 175.60, topping teammate Dakota Scranton (141).

“Keith is a fourth-year diver this year and he’s made some big improvements since last year. His form has improved immensely,” JDHS dive coach Hans Marx said. “He’s doing a lot of the same degree-of-difficulty dives, but his control and form have really improved. Both Keith and Dakota dove strong on Saturday and it was a very successful meet.”

Thunder Mountain assistant coach Scott Griffith said the Falcons are continuing to improve.

“The kids did great and they’re all working really hard in the pool right now,” he said. “It was a tough travel but we had a lot of best times and they all swam well, right about where they need to be this time of year.

“If there was one standout for the weekend, it’s junior Jimmie Busch. He might have had his best times in every race and he really stepped it up a notch.”

Griffith also was pleased with the divers’ performances.

“For three of our girls, it was their first competition,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a pretty good dive team in addition to the swimmers by the end of the season.”

Next up is Friday and Saturday’s dive competitions at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool in Juneau, beginning at 4:30 Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

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