The Southeast Region Swimming Championships in Ketchikan on Feb. 17-19 turned into a record-breaking party for Juneau's Glacier Swim Club.
GSC smashed three team records and broke 18 meet records to win the overall regional title. GSC amassed 1,295.5 points, beating the second-place Ketchikan Killer Whales by 322.5 points.
"That probably surpassed our expectations a bit," GSC coach Scott Griffith said.
Among the many stars for Glacier Swim Club, one of the biggest for the team turned out to be one of the team's youngest athletes.
Eight-year-old Dakota Isaak broke the team record in the 25-yard backstroke for athletes 8-and-under. Isaak posted a time of 18.11 seconds, besting Marie Gregovich's record set in 1975.
Isaak also set a club record in the 50 backstroke and set four meet records in the 8-and-under age class. In addition to the club records, Isaak
"She's a little 8-year-old and just started swimming last year," Griffith said. "You can just look at her and tell she's going to be a swimmer. She was racing and was talking about this meet weeks beforehand."
In addition to Isaak's new records, Amanda Jones broke a 15-year-old team record in the 100 butterfly for 17-and-18 year olds. Jones posted a 1:00.14 in the 100 butterfly to break Lani Wilson's record.
Twins Melissa and Sara Bogert combined to break four meet records while Kyle O'Brien took down five different records at the meet. Cody Brunette set two new meet marks with times in the 100 butterfly and 1,650 freestyle for 13-14 year old boys.
GSC also set two new girls relay records and one new boys relay record.
Individually at the meet, swimmers from GSC dominated each age division.
O'Brien, Matt Josephson and Jon Wendel finished 1-2-3 in points in the 15-18 year old boys division while Jones took first place in the 15-18 year old girls. The Bogert twins tied for second behind Jones.
In 13-14 year old boys, Brunette captured the most points overall with teammate Seth Cayce finishing second.
Josh Anderson and Cody Schick finished 1-2 in 11-12 year old boys while Auri Clark took third place in 11-12 year old girls.
In 9-10 year old girls, Ciera Kelly finished third. Isaak took first place in the 8-and-under category.
Trevor Jones took third in 8-and-under boys.
"It's been a good year," Griffith said. "As a team they were focused for the first meet in December and they were focused on this meet. The nice part about this meet is the whole team participated from the 7-year-olds to the 18-year-olds."
While the team collected most of the medals and trophies in Ketchikan, a select few Glacier Swim Club members qualified for the USA Swimming Western Zone Regional Championships which will take place March 8-12 in Phoenix.
The regional meet attracts the best 40 to 50 13-and-older swimmers in the western U.S.
Wendel and Josephson both qualified in the 100 backstroke while Jones earned spots in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Also, all five of the GSC's senior girls relay teams qualified for Phoenix.
For this group, the Southeast region meet represented the last chance to make it to the Western Zone championships.
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