Six Glacier Swim Team members participated in the IM Extreme Northwest Games this past weekend at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon and swam away with a good bounty of medal wear.
“I thought our swimmers swam very well,” GSC coach John Wray said. “We knew they were going to be competitive, we just didn’t know they were going to be this competitive. I was very happily surprised.”
Over 85 swimmers representing swim clubs representing Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Inland Empire, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Sierra Nevada, Snake River, Wyoming and Alaska participated in the three-day event. GSC finished in 5th in the team standings. But it was in the individual results that the Juneau athletes shined.
Ciera Kelly (15) took first place in the 15-year-old girls classification, winning all 6 of her events and breaking the GSC record for the 15/16 year old girls 200-yard IM (formerly held by Kristin Jones in 2006).
“It felt good knowing that all the Juneau swimmers could go down to Oregon and do good,” Kelly said. “We could compete beyond Alaska. We all did better than we expected. It was a really big accomplishment for all of us.”
Mia Ruffin (13) took first place in the 13 year-old girls group on total points scored over 6 events.
“It didn’t feel that hard,” Ruffin said. “We are used to swimming eight events at a normal swim meet. I was really happy because I swam most of my not so good races. So I was really surprised that I got first.”
Bergen Davis (11) took first place honors in the 11-year-old boys, again on total points.
Dakota Isaak (14) took 2nd in the 14-year-old girls.
“Our team did really good,” Isaak said. “I was really happy to place second. Our next meet is next month here and I am really excited about that.”
Jorden Davis (15) 3rd in the 15-year-old boys group.
Evangelyn Pajarillo (11) 17th in the 11-year-old girls classification
The IM Extreme Games is a new concept introduced by USA Swimming 3 years ago to develop all-around athletes who can excel at all the four competitive strokes. Each swimmer competed in a long distance freestyle event, the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and 2 individual medley events over the three days. Points are awarded for each time swum, with total points calculated to determine individual age group and team winners.
The next competitions for Glacier Swim Club will be the Winter Games Jan 27-29 in Haines, Great Alaska Open Feb. 17-19 in Anchorage and the Alaska Age-Group Championships Feb. 24-26 to be held at Juneau’s Dimond Park Aquatic Center.