The first cross-town swim meet between Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain is going to be wet and wild, and very early Saturday morning.
It will also be a chance for locals to watch some of the state’s top 16 ranked swimmers in action. Both JDHS and TMHS are represented in the current 2011 Alaska High School Season Top 16 swim times.
If fans can brave the 6 a.m. warm-ups and 6:45 a.m. start, something swim team members do almost daily for practice, then they can catch a glimpse of what could be a number of this year’s state champions.
On the girls side, TMHS hasn’t broken into the rankings yet but the JDHS 200 Medley Relay has the fastest time in the state at 1:52.06.
The Crimson Bears are also second in the 200 FR at 1:42.93 (top time Ketchikan 1:41.67) and fifth in the 400 FR with 3:54.32 (KHS 3:46.09).
JDHS freshman Ciera Kelly is second in the 200 IM with 2:14.99 and Auri Clark is sixteenth in 2:20.01 (top time, Sam Wicks, East 2:12.86).
Kelly is also second in the 50 Free with :24.67 and Dakota Isaak thirteenth in :25.89 (Wicks :24.11). Kelly won a 50 Free at last weekend’s Sitka Invitational, posting the fastest time there.
Isaak is also third in the 100 Breast with 1:10.43 and Clark fourteenth at 1:14.84 (Kari Wray, Dimond 1:09.52); and Isaak is ninth in the 100 Fly at 1:02.35 and Clark is twelfth with 1:03.60 (Janelle Stacey, Ketchikan :58.94).
Clark is thirteenth in the 200 Free with 2:05.36 and Haley Mertz sixteenth, 2:05.89 (Wicks 1:55.54). Mertz is also eleventh in the 100 Back at 1:03.11 (Wicks :58.10).
In the 100 Free, Mertz and Clark are fifteenth and sixteenth, respectively, with :57.77 and :57.96 (Wicks :53.49).
For the boys, the TMHS 200MR are 10th at 1:49.14 and JDHS 14th in 1:51.45 (Sitka 1:43.15); the Crimson Bears and Falcons go ninth, 1:36.66, and 11th, 1:36.98, respectively, in the 200 Free Relay; and fifth, 3:29.85, and 12th, 3:39.82, in the 400 FR (Dimond 3:25.21).
Juneau’s Cody Schick is inching in on a state title quest in the 50 Free, posting a :22.51 for second, while TMHS’s Kenny Fox and Thane Reisus-O’Brien are sixth and fourteenth with :22.98 and :23.52, respectively (Nando Macinko, Kodiak :21.76).
The Falcons’ Kenny Fox is surprising state swimmers, posting a :56.51 in the 100 Fly for fourth and JDHS’s Nathan Messing is sixth with :56.97 (Erik Wilcox, Dimond :54.81). Fox posted the fastest 50 time in Sitka as well.
Schick is fourth in the 100 Free with :50.03 and Messing twelfth at :51.33 (Macinko :48.23). Schick is also fourth in the 100 Breast with 1:06.19 and Reishus-O’Brien is seventh with 1:06.62 (Christian Carrico, Soldotna 1:04.44); and Schick is seventh in the 200 Free with 1:53.39 while Messing is eleventh at 1:55.42 (Jackson Ursin, Dimond 1:48.48).
Messing is fifth in the 100 Back at :57.50, Fox is eighth at :58.80 and Schick tenth at :59.13 (Zach Rockwell, South :56.60). Messing also churns through the 200 IM for eighth with 2:07.69 (Preston Marsh, Petersburg 2:05.25) and toughs out the grueling 500 Free for 11th with 5:17.01 (Ursin 4:5861).
On the springboard side, Juneau’s Keith Andrews is currently ranked ninth with a point total of 180.70 for six dives (Rafe Hembree, West Valley 262.00).