Juneau's Glacier Swim Club tunes up at Haines Winter Games

The Juneau Glacier Swim Club put 56 swimmers into the waters at the Haines Winter Games Invitational recently. No team scores were kept.

According to coach Scott Griffith the meet served two main purposes for the club.

One of those purposes was for many of the younger swimmers to get their first winter travel meet.

“Winter Games offers a great chance for swimmers to get experience traveling and performing at a two-day swim meet,” Griffith wrote. “These are the swimmers that will be GSC’s future as they mature and improve their swimming.”

According to Griffith the second purpose of the Winter Games was to offer more experienced swimmers a chance to race and get more qualifying times for upcoming championship meets.

GSC swimmers had 58-percent best times at the Winter Games.

All Best Times, swimmers who had their best swims in every event, included Kiana Allen, Gabe Gonwa Ramonda, Micah Grigg, Annie Hagen, Arlo Handley, Kelliana Jim, Taelyn Norvell, Kiley Stevens, Lionel Ward, Victoria Wilcox, and Dani Witt.

Amanda McDowell and Cecilia Ramos won eight individual races, Christopher Ray seven, Cameron Howard and Charlie Jim six, and Tate Goering, Gabi Kito, Sarah Mertz, and Abigail Taylor Roth five each.

Griffith also thanked the town of Haines for doing a tremendous job of hosting the swim meet with basketball games and a Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament occurring at the same time.

The GSC will travel to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Open, February 17-19. An ‘Open’ swim meet means there are no age groups. The competition will be the senior state championship swim meet.

The GSC will host the state Age Group Championships, for the best 9-14 year-olds in the state, on February 24-26.

On March 7-11, qualifying GSC swimmers will travel to Federal Way, Washington for the Western USA Senior Sectional Championships. On March 30-April 1 the North West Age Group Sectionals are held in Federal Way.

On April 13-15 qualifying swimmers will attend the Mad Dash Invitational in Ketchikan

A time trial will be held on April 15 at August Brown Pool and the Alaska State Junior Olympics are in Anchorage on April 26-29.

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