State swim championships bring largest gathering of athletes ever to Juneau

Roughly 272 athletes from 25 teams will grace the Dimond Park Aquatic Center beginning today in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Swimming & Diving State Championships. This is the largest gathering of competitors in Juneau since the Southeast Age Group Swim Championships in 2012 brought over 250 competitors and assorted parents and fans.


“And this is a lot more complicated,” local CPA Max Mertz said. “This is fun, we are really having a good time with it.”

Mertz, Juneau School District Athletic Director Sandi Wagner and Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith were the driving forces behind the championships being held in Juneau, the first time they have been outside of Anchorage in 23 years.

Over the past six years the Southeast Region has had a least one girls and boys team in the top five final placing at the state championships and have totaled the second highest combined score by regions.

Juneau swim fans who could not afford the expense of traveling to Anchorage, or the time away from work, can now experience the thrills of the state’s most prestigious swim event by just driving, or walking, to the DPAC.

“A lot of our families and our community never see that because it is never here,” GSC coach Scott Griffith said. “They know that just through the results but to be able to show our community, and the whole state, what kind of meets we run and also what kind of talent we have here will be really exciting.”

Over 600 athletes, coaches, officials, parents and fans are expected to arrive from out of Juneau. Glacier Swim Club, the Juneau School District and the City and Borough of Juneau host the meet.

“I don’t know if we have had any headaches honestly but there were so many things you never think about,” 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.”

Over 240 separate volunteer positions had to be filled including catering for the hospitality room and a concessions team. ASAA paid for 30 stroke-and-turn and dive officials to attend from around the state.

Roughly 600 visitors from outside Juneau are expected and only Craig, Metlakatla and Ketchikan athletes were housed out as in the traditional Southeast style. Hotels and car rentals have had reservations since last year.

Competition water temperatures and air temperatures had to be perfected in and around the pool. A wooden deck was built and will be placed over the adjacent wading pools next to the main competition pool for bleachers to hold the swim competitors.

The state venue requires a “gate,” meaning that the meet will be providing an income in tickets and concessions. ASAA does charge admission to championship events. The swim meet is $10 general admission. Seniors 65 and older and students grades 7-12 are $5.

Increased security over the pool deck will limit access to officials, participants and media.

“The planning has been going on for two years,” Mertz said. ““We are hoping to put on a really good meet. It is certainly not just the work of one or two people.”

Rosters of teams are posted online with this story at

Following are the athletes attending:

Bartlett (2)-

Jennifer Jarupakorn, Alex Soto.

Chugiak (12)-

Hannah Babin, Abby Blackstone, Brandy Bookout, Sammy Burke, Marissa Carroll, Shawn Fugere, Marissa Headrick, Emmie Jennings, Kate Marshall, Zachary Martin, Austin Rochon, Bea Williams.

Colony (11)-

Elliot Amato, Joseph Anderson, Zach Bloom, Triston Denny, Katelyn Foster, Kenneth Hondl, Alex Kessler, Sierra Kinworthy, Anne Sullivan, Isaiah Tira, Larkin Udomporn.

Craig (1)-

Micah Stickwan.

Dimond (27)-

Nathan Alfano, Caitlin Asay, Dax Cvancara, Luke Cvancara, Ruth Cvancara, Austin Desatoff, Madeline Flores, Alyssa Hampton, Jacob Hanni, Olivia Hanson, Megan Hawkins, Jack Hoen, Matthew Horwatt, Emily Husa, Jordan Jefferies, Atticus Madland, Thomas Monaghan, Madeleine Oakley, Jarod O’Brien, Aleah Rohde,

Arianna Rohde, Taylor Ross, Ripple Sato, Michael Summers, Jenny Wilcox, Kendal Williams, Kari Wray.

Eagle River (19)-

Emily Berard, Jordyn Bruce, Samantha Coy, Brandon Fast, Sarah Fischer, Nigel Floyd, Blaise Fox-Icarro, Bryce Fox-Icarro, Courtney Fox-Singh, Julia Geskey, Erik Korzon, Mark Korzon, Kate Maker, Brady McGee, Esther Min, Joseph Min, John Randall, MacKenzie Smith, Jami Stone.

Homer (8)-

Kaec Brinster, Katherine Dolma, Ian Hall, Jasmine Lewis, Mark Nagel, James Nagle, Brian Rowe, Gregory Smith.

Hutchison (1)-

Joe Vonderbruggen.

Juneau-Douglas (12)-

Eliza Chappell, Kaia Hamrick, Dakota Isaak, Sophia Kaelke, Ciera Kelly, Gabi Kito, Haley Mertz, Mia Ruffin, Dakota Scranton, Aidan Seid, Abigail Taylor-Roth, Rielly Walsh.

Kenai Central (5)-

Bill Ashwell, Celestina Castro, Kristen Durand, Cole Gross, Josh Peck.

Ketchikan (17)-

Beau Albertson, Emma Bullock, Rian Farvour, Bernadette Franulovich, Angie Gomez, Logan Hammersland, Luke Jones, Caleb Kuikhoven, Corbin McCord, Kiera O’Brien, Shaelynn Painter, Chance Rhein, Brennan Schulz, Ella Sherrill, Maddy Stephens, Kaitlyn Tighe, Zane Welker.

Kodiak (18)-

Jonas Anderson, River Hanson, Tessa Heiberg, Brittany Horn, Ila Hughes, Blake James, Delany Johnson, Sam Kirchenshlager, Rosyln Kreigh, Dan Lambert, Nicholas Lincoln, Tahna Lindquist, Illa Macinko, Elinore Millstein, Max Much, Dyton Schauff, Nathan Schauff, Hannah Vogt.

Lathrop (1)-

Zach Campbell.

North Pole (11)-

Hannah Boatman, Alicia Edsell, Alisha Graham, Josh Handeland, Martha Hood, Kelsey Nore, Sean Preece, Veronica Shilanski, Amber Sommer, Maria Villa, Kimberly Williams.

Palmer (12)-

Denali Branham, Naomi Graham, Noelle Graham, Rachael Hanson, Sarah Hanson, Daniel Jackson, Erica Munro, Mckenzie Musgrave, John Snelders, Millie Snelders, Katie Stark, Gabe Waldhaus.

Petersburg (10)-

Abel Auelbach, Shania Dahlberg, Skipper Erickson, Nels Evens, Ian Fleming, Ben Higgins, Izabelle Ith, Vince Kowalski, Evan Marsh, Ben Zarlengo.

Service (11)-

Nathanial Adams, Jackson Berlin, Nikolaus Bruce, Melinda Farmer, John Haas, EZ Hogue-Corwin, Wongi Kim, Thomas Krasnican, Samuel Powers, Jonah Rogers, Emma Tarbeth.

Seward (4)-

Isabel Barnwell, Olivia Beckham, Jessica Degnan, Sasha Hamner.

Sitka (9)-

Louis Belley, Miles Chadwick, Spencer Combs, Brady Harang, Justine Harang, Evan McArthur, RJ Miller, Will Pate, Megan Reid.

Soldotna (16)-

Brent Christenson, Chase Corona-Cain, Jacob Creglow, Megan English, Kaitlyn Groleske, Xochi Harbison, Isabell Henry, Rachel Henry, Dustin Hunter, Nathaniel Lazaros, Daniel McElroy, Emma Selden, Molly Silta, Elias Skiba, Cody Watkins, Alex Weeks.

South Anchorage (22)-

AJ Behm, Megan Burbank, Shannon Chan, Vernon Chan, Ashley Dike, Dakota Dragomir, Aaron Dudley, Marshall Dupree, Ryan Emili, Nathan Hiles, Joley Hodgson, Connor Knutson, Nathan Lai, Lara Lockard, Sierra Panting, Amber Schoff, Alex Shannon, Erica Stewart, Mary Wichorek, Taylor Wilson, Lucas Wito, John Wolcott.

Thunder Mountain (11)-

Dylan Allio, Taylor Beardslee, Hannah Brockman, Jorden Davis, Kenny Fox, Trevor Jones, Austin Land, Josiah Loseby, Thane Reishus-O’Brien, Terra Pierce, Calvin Walsh.

Valdez (2)-

Riley McNelly, Colleen Murphy.

West Anchorage (13)-

Eva Damrill, Tara DeGeorge, Nolan Fitzgerald, Emma Griffith, Lily Harris, Sarah Harris, Katie Haxby, Aiden Hellen, Camille Heubner, Leah Knight, Aljendra Legate, Maslin Palmer, Kendall Wagner.

West Valley (17)-

David Chen, Richard Chen, Trae Curtis, Abigail Dixon, Jennifer Hannah, Cassidy Heaton, Luis Marquez, Sabrina Nichols, Kendall Nicholson, Ryan Nicholson, Tommy O’Donoghue, Tristan O’Donoghue, Angie Randall, Emily Shipman, Caleb Stout, Zoe Thorsen, Vanessa Wetterhall.


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