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Glacier Swim Club combines with high point totals

Posted: December 13, 2011 - 1:05am
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Dakota Isaak, Abigail Taylor Roth, Sophia Kaelke and Lexi Gross check their times in the 100-yard breaststroke.  Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
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Dakota Isaak, Abigail Taylor Roth, Sophia Kaelke and Lexi Gross check their times in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The point totals built quickly for the Glacier Swim Club during the recent 2011 Southeast Championships at the Dimond Park Aquatics Center.

First off the blocks were a group of eight-year-old girls. Tahlia Gerger, Quyen Loseby, Amanda McDowell and Zoe Spencer won the 100-yard relay.

As the age’s advanced, the relay wins advanced and the point totals increased. As different swimmers finished multiple swims over three days of competition it became apparent the quality of talent lurking in the Juneau pool waters.

“All of them have been best times,” Tyler Weldon said excitedly of his swims. “I don’t know how many races that has been though, but I love the water so I don’t care how many. I want to swim all day.”

Weldon finished ninth for 9-10 age men and 16th overall in the combined men and women’s overall 9-10 age group standings.

The GSC had at least one swimmer challenging for individual point totals in each age group and came away with team wins for men’s, women and overall points.

Combined team scores were: 1. GSC 2,346 (Women 1,479/Men 867), 2. Baranof Barracuda Swim Club 1,325 (W 521/M 804), 3. Ketchikan Killer Whales 630 (W 387/M 243), 4. Viking Swim Club 482 (W 123/M 359), 5. Southeast Alaska Swim Team 269 (W 85, M 184), 6. Haines Dolphins 107 (W 53/M 54), 7. Southeast Alaska Swim Team CGA 100 (W 100).

Happiness and enthusiasm wasn’t limited to the youngest strokers.

“I am really happy,” Dakota Isaak said. “I wasn’t expecting it.”

Standing breathless after posting a personal best time in the women’s 13-14 age group 100-yard butterfly, Isaak noted her goals and what swimming means to her.

“Soon I want to break one minute,” Isaak said. “A 59 would be nice but I need to get a one-minute flat first. I didn’t have anything left though. I gave it my all. I am really tired right now, tired but happy.”

Continued Isaak, “I just love our team. I get really excited around them. They are like my family. And I just love racing a lot.”

As Isaak walked away another swimmer gave her a high-five. Claire Schumacher is in the 9-10 girls age group and admires Isaak’s work ethic.

“I have done pretty good today,” Schumacher said as she stood with Weldon, one of her classmates, teammates and good friends. “I have a couple JO times and a couple Age Group times. The 100-back is my best swim. I just really like going fast, like Dakota.”

Point totals suggest all GSC swimmers like swimming, and racing, a lot. Following are the overall placing and combined point totals of GSC members for each age group (Rank, Swimmer, Total):

8 & Under – 3RD overall, McDowell, 49 points; 5, Keleo Luerra, 39; 7, Q. Loseby, 36; 12, T. Gerger, 20; 14, Z. Spencer, 17; 18, Aspen Kasper and Brynlee Adams, 7.

9 & 10 – 3, Cameron Howard, 54; 8, Noah Loseby, 38; 10, Kaia Quinto, 33; 11, Christopher Ray, 31; 14, Makenna Graham, 25; 16, T. Weldon, 21; 21, Mesa Moran, 13; 23, C. Schumacher and Erik Jim, 11; 25, Dessa Gerger, 10; 26, Reed Gardinier, 8; 28, Gabriel Loseby, 7; 30, Teja Tolbert, 6; 36, Eva Goering and Jackson Norberg, 1.

11 & 12 – 2, Gabi Kito, 59; 6, Sarah Mertz, 53; 7, Bergen Davis, 52; 12, Tasha Elizarde, 39; 13, Claire Norman, 38; 18, Jenae Kesey, 29; 19, Will Blanc, 26; 20, Evangelyn Pajarillo, 25; 21, Meg Kurland, 22; 22, Cassie Dzinich, 21; 28, Chloe Likins, 12; 30, Taelyn Norvell and Stephen Silides, 11; 34, Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt and Tate Goering, 4; 37, Annie Hagen, 3; 38, Peyten Schultz, 2.

13 & 14 – 1, D. Isaak, 63; 2, Mia Ruffin, 61; 3, Jorden Davis, 58; 5, Thane Reishus-O’Brien, 51; 8, Trevor Jones, 40; 11, Sophia Kaelke, 35; 13, Taylor Beardslee, 31; 14, Abigail Taylor Roth, 30; 16 Aidan Sid, 25; 17, Kaia Hamrick, 24; 19, Eliza Chappell, 23; 21 Erika McCormick, 17; 22, Treyson Ramos, 13; 26, Robert Newman, 8; 30, Lexi Gross and Rielly Walsh, 6.

15 & Over – 3, Nathan Messing, 57; 4, Ciera Kelly, 55; 5, Kenny Fox, 49; 10, Claressa Ullmayer, 36; 13, Talyn Ramos, 27; 14, Calvin Walsh, 25; 15, Cecilia Ramos, 24; 19, Luke Brockmann and Josiah Loseby, 20; 21, Calder Otsea, 19; 22, Selene Smith, Dakota Scranton and Addie Gonwa Ramonda, 11.

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