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Rick Wery broke four state records in the men's age 50-54 division last weekend, leading the Juneau Masters Swim Team to a third-place finish at the Alaska Masters Short-Course Yards State Swimming Championships held Friday and Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool.
The Anchorage team Swimming With Alaska Masters (SWAM), which had 39 swimmers at the meet, won the overall team title with 1,553 points. The Alaska Club (another Anchorage team) took second place with 745 points and 22 swimmers. Juneau, which had 14 swimmers, took third place with 574 points, followed by Fairbanks Arctic Swim Team (FAST, 10 swimmers) with 486 points and the Ketchikan Masters Swim Team (10 swimmers) in fifth place with 394 points.
Fifteen teams sent swimmers to the state meet, which was held using a 25-yard pool configuration. The Juneau and Ketchikan teams were the only squads from Southeast Alaska to make the trip. The two Southeast teams did not enter any relay events, costing them valuable team points in the meet.
In the women's standings, SWAM won the title with 1,072 points followed by Juneau in second with 347 and Ketchikan in third with 213. SWAM had 29 female swimmers, compared to eight for Juneau and six for Ketchikan.
The Alaska Club, with 15 male swimmers, won the men's team title with 544 points, followed by SWAM with 445 and Buckner Masters Swim Team of Fort Richardson in third with 260. Juneau took fifth with 227 points and Ketchikan was sixth with 181.
Wery set state records in the 200-yard backstroke (2 minutes, 34.79 seconds), 200 breaststroke (2:35.76), 100 breast (1:08.77) and the 100 individual medley (1:02.97). He also posted national qualifying times in the two breaststroke events, the 100 IM and the 500 freestyle (6:02.18), an event that he finished second in his age group. Wery also took second place in the 200 free (2:12.54).
The U.S. Masters SCY Swimming Championships will take place May 15-18 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Rumble said Wery is considering making a trip to the meet, but she isn't sure if Juneau's other swimmers to post national qualifying times - Ritchie Sonner and Elizabeth Johnson - will go.
Sonner was one of two Juneau swimmers to win the individual point titles for her age group. Sonner won five of her six events in the women's age 45-49 division, with national qualifying times in all six of her events and one state record. The former Florida State University swimmer won the 50 back (a state record 32.49), 200 back (2:40.96), 50 free (27.50), 100 IM (1:11.50) and 50 butterfly (31.00). She also took second place in the 50 breast (38.73).
Krista Van Enkenvoort, who competed in the women's age 25-29 division, was Juneau's other age group points winner. Van Enkenvoort won five of her six events, but had no national times or state records. She won the 50 back (33.53), 200 IM (2:42.78), 100 IM (1:11.29), 100 breast (1:21.77) and 100 back (1:14.97). Van Enkenvoort took second place in the 100 free (1:04.43).
Results for the other Juneau swimmers are below. Complete results from the state masters swim meet can be found on the Web at http://www.akmswim.org.
The Juneau Masters Swim Team is open to all swimmers age 19-older who are able to proficiently swim at least 50 yards of freestyle (American crawl) and 50 yards of backstroke. The team meets from 5:30-6:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool in Juneau.
OTHER JUNEAU SWIMMERS
Marianne Stillner (women's age 55-59 division) - won the 50 back (48.65), 50 breast (57.67), 100 free (1:34.07), 50 free (39.70) and 100 back (1:55.27), plus she took second place in the 100 breast (2:10.06).
Stephanie Walden (women's age 35-39 division) - won titles in the 100 IM (1:15.82) and 400 IM (6:00.16); took second place in the 200 IM (2:44.26), third in the 50 fly (31.36) and fourth in the 100 free (1:05.86) and 100 fly (1:12.17).
Elizabeth Johnson (women's age 19-24 division) - posted a national qualifying time in the 200 breast (2:54.71). Johnson took second place in all six of her events - the 500 free (6:39.06), 200 IM (2:47.64), 200 breast, 100 breast (1:18.99), 100 IM (1:17.16) and 200 free (2:25.13).
Cathy Tide (women's age 25-29 division) - won the 200 back title (3:00.83); took second place in four events - the 50 fly (35.20), 100 IM (1:23.71), 100 back (1:23.29) and 50 back (38.23); and was fourth in the 100 free (1:08.05).
Juneau co-coach Jan Rumble (women's age 35-39 division) - was second in the 500 free (6:10.83), 100 IM (1:16.90) and 1,650 free (22:04.29), took third in the 50 back (35.73) and 100 free (1:03.51), and she was fifth in the 50 free (29.31).
Cathie Mullen (women's age 40-44 division) - was second in the 100 back (1:25.47) and 200 free (2:34.24), third in the 500 free (6:43.38), fourth in the 100 free (1:11.66) and fifth in the 50 free (32.46).
Dean Courtney (men's age 35-39 division) - won the 50 back (35.69), 200 back (2:45.83) and 100 back (1:13.98), plus he took second in the 50 free (26.75) and third in the 100 free (58.85) and 100 IM (1:12.59).
Paul Johnson (men's age 50-54 division) - won the 50 back (40.53) and 50 fly (35.95), took second place in the 50 breast (41.12) and 100 IM (1:24.60), was third in the 100 breast (1:30.17) and fourth in the 200 breast (3:31.26).
Juneau co-coach David Seng (men's age 40-44 division) - won the 200 breast (2:50.74). Seng took second place in four events - the 200 IM (2:31.52), 50 breast (36.29), 100 breast (1:15.16) and 100 IM (1:07.17) - and was third in the 50 fly (29.54).
Tracy Rivera (men's age 35-39) - won the 400 IM (6:45.07), took second in the 1,650 free (24.27.11), was fourth in the 500 free (7:11.27), and took fifth place in the 100 free (1:08.13) and the 100 IM (1:21.79).
Bob Wysocki (men's age 35-39) - third in the 50 free (26.16) and fourth in both the 100 free (1:03.30) and 100 IM (1:15.34).