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Age Group Champs

GSC wins team title for 3rd straight year

Posted: February 28, 2013 - 1:14am
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Members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club flash the No. 1 sign after winning the 2013 Age Group Swim Championships Team Title in Kodiak last weekend.
Members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club flash the No. 1 sign after winning the 2013 Age Group Swim Championships Team Title in Kodiak last weekend.

Juneau’s Glacier Swim Club exceeded coach Scott Griffith’s expectations by three-peating as the 2013 Alaska Swimming Age Group Champions last weekend in Kodiak.

According to Griffith, high travel costs limited the GSC to taking just two-thirds of the swimmers who had qualifying times.

“Our swimmers did awesome,” Griffith said. “We did not expect this.”

Buoyed by the efforts of Bergen Davis (three records), the girl’s 13 & 14 relay teams (two records), and Aidan Seid (the only swimmer with all best times), GSC scored 609 team points at the age group meet hosted by the Kodiak Kingfishers Swim Club.

In second place were Aurora Swim Team with 521; 3. Kodiak Kingfishers 515; 4. Ak-Knik 421; 5. Baranof Barracuda Swim Club 275.5; 6. Northern Lights Swim Club 228; 7. Midnight Sun Swim Team 159; 8. North Pole Aquatic Club 149; 9. Seward Tsunami Swim Club 101; 10. Wasilla Waves Swim Club 91; 11. Chugiak Aquatics Club 89 12. Sockeye Swim League 59; 13. Kachemak Swim Club 58; 14. Soldotna Silver Salmon 51; 15. Valdez Torpedoes Swim Club 43 16. UnAtt - Aurora Swim Team 39; 17. Cordova Iceworm Swim Team 25.5; 18. Unidentified Swimming Objects 6.

Five GSC swims touched the wall in team record time.

Bergen Davis set the new 11 & 12-year-old 200 back mark with a 2:14.63, besting his own record set in 2012.

Davis also broke Kyle O’Brien’s 2002 11/12 Y.O. boy’s 200 IM with a 2:14.54 and O’Brien’s 2002 11/12 Y.O. boys 400 IM with a 4:48.67.

The GSC 13 & 14 girl’s 200 Medley Relay team of Taylor Beardslee, Mia Ruffin, Gabi Kito and Sophia Kaelke bested the 2012 record (Beardslee, Isaak, Ruffin, Kaelke) with a 1:56.57.

The GSC 13 & 14 girl’s 400 Medley Relay team of Ruffin, Lexi Gross, Kito and Kaelke set the team record with 3:50.34, besting the 2012 mark (Ruffin, Hamrick, Kaelke, Isaak).

Seid notched his personal best times in the 100 Back, 200 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 400 IM, among other swims, that resulted in his placing 8th in total individual scoring for 14 Y.O. boys with 11 points (top scorer was Jarod O’Brien of Aurora Swim Team with 45).

Ruffin scored the most individual points in the 14 YO girls age division with 47. Ruffin placed first in the 100 and 200 back, 100 and 200 breast, 100 and 200 fly, and 200 IM. Kaelke was third with 35 points, Beardslee fourth with 23, Gross sixth with 21, and Eliza Chappell seventh with 19.

Davis gathered the top 12 YO boy’s individual point total with 49 for wins in the 50, 100 and 200 back, 100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM. Charlie Jim placed 7th with 23 points and Christopher Ray 16th with 4.

Other top individual GSC scorers included:

Mesa Moran 10 & Under Girls, 7th with 19 points (1. Patricia Eppingher, Midnight Sun, 49 points); Noah Loseby, 10 & U boys, 2nd, 43. Jim Erik, 4th, 27 (1. Makai Saline, Baranof Barracuda, 49); Cameron Howard, 11 YO girls, 5th, 25. Kaia Quinto, 6th, 21 (1. Izzy Powers, Chugiak Aquatics, 49); Tyler Weldon, 11 YO boys, 8th, 19 (1. Dominic Baciocco, Baranof, 39); Evangelyn Pajarillo, 12 YO girls, 6th, 25. Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt, 9th, 18. Taelyn Norvell, 12th, 8. Peyten Schultz, 13th, 7. Natalie Cosgrove, 17th, 3 (1. Pearl Jarupakorn, Ak-Knik, 43); Gabi Kito, 13 YO girls, 4th, 21. Tasha Elizarde, 10th, 7. Claire Norman, 10th, 7. Sarah Mertz, 16th, 4. Meg Kurland, 19th, 1 (1. Cheyenne Burke, Ak-Knik, 45); Talon Lindquist, 13 YO boys, 1st, 49.

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