Glacier Swim Club rolls to SE regional title

Swimmers set eight team records at meet

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won the Mike Smithers Southeast Regional Swimming Championships on Sunday in Sitka.

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The team amassed 1,446 combined points in the meet, easily topping second-place Baranof Barracuda Swim Club by 750 points. GSC won the boys title with 546 points, while the girls took first place with 900 points.

GSC's Kristin Jones won points competition, set two team records and a regional record for 15-and-older girls. Jones' time of 15 minutes, 56.95 seconds broke her own regional and team record in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She also set a team record in the 17- to 18-year-old 1,650 freestyle.

Jones led a very strong crew in the 15-and-older girls division. Glacier Swim Club occupied the top seven spots in the age group for individual points.

Glacier Swim Club's Ciera Kelly set new team marks in the 100 freestyle, 100 individual medley and 500 freestyle for 9- to 10-year-old girls. She went on to win the 9- to 10-year-old girls individual points title.

Kenny Fox set a new team record in the 9- to 10-year-old boys 500 freestyle while the 9- to 10-year-old girls 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams broke GSC records.

Auri Clark captured the 11- to 12-year old girls individual title while Kyle O'Brien captured the boys 15-and-older championship. GSC's Cody Brunette finished second to O'Brien in 15-and-under boys.

Also, GSC swimmers set 10 new meet marks.

Up next for Glacier Swim Club is the U.S. Senior Sectional Championships on March 7-11 in Federal Way, Wash. Eleven swimmers, including nine from Juneau, will compete as members of the Southeast Alaska Swim Team.

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