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