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State swim championships approach

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 1:04am
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From left-to-right: JDHS' Sophia Kaelke, Ketchikan's Maddy Stephens, JDHS' Gabi Kito, Ketchikan's Kiera O'Brien, JDHS' Haley Mertz and TMHS' Dana Bogatko start the women's 200 free during the Region V championships last weekend. Kaelke, Stephens, Kito, O'Brien, and Mertz qualified for this weekend's state championships in this event.  KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
KLAS STOLPE | JUNEAU EMPIRE
From left-to-right: JDHS' Sophia Kaelke, Ketchikan's Maddy Stephens, JDHS' Gabi Kito, Ketchikan's Kiera O'Brien, JDHS' Haley Mertz and TMHS' Dana Bogatko start the women's 200 free during the Region V championships last weekend. Kaelke, Stephens, Kito, O'Brien, and Mertz qualified for this weekend's state championships in this event.

Last Saturday, for the fourth straight season, the Dimond High School Lynx swim and dive team swept the Region IV Cook Inlet Conference team titles.

Fairbanks’ West Valley swept the boys and girls titles for the fifth straight year in the Mid Alaska Region VI Swim and Dive Championships.

Kodiak swept their Northern Lights Region III titles, the girls for the seventh straight time and the boys their fifth in a row.

Now these respective schools will attempt to do something that has never been done before in the history of Alaska high school swimming — win a state championship in Juneau.

“This is fun, we are really having a good time with it,” local swim representative Max Mertz said. “So many things you never think about.”

Mertz is one of the driving forces behind the 2013 ASAA First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State High School Championships being held in Juneau, the first time they have been outside of Anchorage in 23 years. Over 600 athletes, coaches, officials, parents and fans are expected to arrive from out of Juneau. The meet is hosted by Glacier Swim Club, the Juneau School District and the City and Borough of Juneau.

“I don’t know if we have had any headaches honestly,” Mertz said. “Anytime we are hosting a big meet there are a lot of pieces. We have a lot of experience running big meets, this one is about as big as we get in Alaska in high school.”

Dimond, West Valley, and Kodiak will be among the 25 schools represented at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday.

Roughly 307 swimmers and divers from schools including Bartlett, Chugiak, Colony, Craig, Eagle River, Homer, Hutchison, Kenai, Ketchikan, Lathrop, North Pole, Palmer, Petersburg, Service, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, South and Valdez will take on the Southeast Conference Region V champion Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls and Sitka boys as individuals and teams look for a state title.

Swim previews and interviews will run over the next few days as the competition approaches.

ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013

Swimming & Diving State Championships

At Dimond Park Aquatic Center

Hosted by Glacier Swim Club, Juneau School District, City & Borough Of Juneau

Thursday, Nov. 7

6 p.m. Mandatory Coaches & Team Captains Meeting

Friday, Nov. 8

Swimming Preliminaries

7:45 a.m. / CJ/Starter/Ref Meeting

8-10 a.m. / Swimming Warm-Ups (assigned after seeding meeting)

9 a.m. / All Swim Officials Meeting

10:10 a.m. / National Anthem

10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. / Swimming Prelims

Diving Preliminaries:

12:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Diving Judges Meeting / Girls Warmups / Girls Diving (16 to 12) / Boys Warmups / Boys Diving (16-12)

Diving Semi-Finals:

6-9 p.m. / Dive Judges Meeting / Girls Diving Warmup / Girl Diving Semi’s (12 to 8) / Boys Semi Diving Warmups / Boys Diving Semi’s (12 to 8)

Saturday, Nov. 9

9 a.m. / Diving Warmup

9:30 a.m. / Pool Cleared to prepare for swim

9:45 a.m. / Pool Warm Ups - FINALISTS ONLY

9:45 a.m. / Swim Ref/Starter/LCJ Meeting

10:55 a.m. / National Anthem

11:00 a.m. Swim/Dive Finals:

Event 1 / 200 Medley Relay-Girls

Event 2 / 200 Medley Relay-Boys

Event 3 / 200 Freestyle-Girls

Event 4 / 200 Freestyle-Boys

Event 5 / 200 Ind. Medley-Girls

Event 6 / 200 Ind. Medley-Boys

Event 7 / 50 Freestyle-Girls

Event 8 / 50 Freestyle-Boys

Event 9 / 1M Diving Finals-Girls

Event 10 / 1M Diving Finals-Boys

Event 11 / 100 Butterfly-Girls

Event 12 / 100 Butterfly-Boys

Event 13 / 100 Freestyle-Girls

Event 14 / 100 Freestyle-Boys

Event 15 / 500 Freestyle-Girls

Event 16 / 500 Freestyle-Boys

Event 18 / 200 Freestyle Relay-Boys

Event 19 / 100 Backstroke-Girls

Event 20 / 100 Backstroke-Boys

Event 21 / 100 Breastroke-Girls

Event 22 / 100 Breastroke-Boys

Event 23 / 400 Freestyle Relay-Girls

Event 24 / 400 Freestyle Relay-Boys

6:15 p.m. / Team Awards (Individual Awards are presented following events).

6:30 p.m. / State Meet Over

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