Hughes posts national times at sectionals

Three other Juneau swimmers do well at state senior meet

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2002

Juneau's Paul Hughes posted two national reportable times during the Western Zone NW Sectionals swim meet held Feb. 28 to March 3 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Hughes, 15, a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School, was the lone entrant in the meet for Glacier Swim Club. His performance helped the club post the top Alaska team ranking in the meet, finishing in 55th place overall with 15 points and 36th among male teams. Washington's Bellevue Swim Club won the meet with 726 points.

The meet featured swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, and it is the replacement meet for what used to be known as the Junior Championships series. More than 750 swimmers qualified for the meet, including 18 swimmers from Alaska.

Hughes won the B final (ninth place overall) in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.79 seconds. He also took third place in the B final (11th overall) in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.31.

Both times were considered national reportable top-16 times for his age group. Hughes was the fastest 15-year-old in both of his events, which featured swimmers as old as 18. Hughes also broke the Glacier Swim Club's age 15-16 division and senior division records in both events.

Hughes also qualified for the meet in three other events. He finished in 44th place with a time of 1:59.97 in the 200 individual medley, was 56th in the 100 freestyle with a 48.69 and took 81st in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.41. All of his times were personal bests, and his 100 free time also set GSC age 15-16 and senior division records.

A week earlier, three Glacier Swim Club members went to Anchorage for the Senior Region XIV Great Alaska Open swim meet held Feb. 22-24 at Bartlett High School.

Tyler Hennon, 15, Natalie Hale, 16, and Kelsey Potdevin, 14, all students from Juneau-Douglas High School, claimed 10th place in the meet's final team standings with 126 points. All the swimmers competed in one age group. Last year, Glacier Swim Club sent several more swimmers to the meet and took second place in the team standings, but GSC didn't have the depth to match that finish this year.

Midnight Sun Swim Team of Fairbanks won the overall title with 1,069 points and Anchorage's Northern Lights Swim Club finished two points behind. In the male team standings, NLSC edged out MSST 604 to 601. In the female team standings, Aurora Swim Team of Anchorage had 469 points to edge out MSST with 468 and NLSC with 463.

Hennon scored 80 points to finish sixth in the individual standings for males, and GSC was ninth in the team standings for males.

Hunter McCallister of MSST was the top male individual with 120 points, followed by James Rutter of Valdez Torpedoes Swim Club with 103 and Chris Edwards of NLSC third with 97.

Hale and Potdevin combined for 46 points, which took 11th place among female teams. Potdevin scored 24 points and tied for 31st place in the individual standings for females, while Hale had 22 points and tied for 34th place in the individual standings.

The top individual female swimmers were Katie Faulkner (112 points) and Renae Rykaczewski (107), both of Homer's Kachemak Swim Club, with Elizabeth Pitta of Aurora third with 94 points.

Hennon had two third-place finishes to lead GSC, posting a time of 10:31.26 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and a 17:50.29 in the 1,650 free. Hennon took fourth place in the 500 free (5:06.72), fifth in the 200 backstroke (2:09.50), sixth in the 200 free (1:55.29) and 11th in the 100 back (1:01.14.

Potdevin's best finish was sixth place in the 100 back (1:06.11). She also took 11th place in the 50 free (27.01), 14th in the 500 free (6:01.57), 15th in the 200 free (2:12.73), 17th in the 200 butterfly (2:46.08) and 18th in the 100 fly (1:11.32).

Hale's top finish was fourth place in the 1,650 free (20:49.12). She also took 14th place in the 100 fly (1:10.61), 14th in the 200 fly (2:41.85), 16th in the 100 back (1:10.02), 19th in the 200 back (2:29.41) and 24th in the 200 IM (2:33.62).

Last weekend, Juneau hosted the Southeast Last Chance Swim Meet, where swimmers had their final chance to post Junior Olympics qualifying times for this season.

No team or individual point standings were kept for the meet, but event-by-event results are available on the Web at

The next big meet for Glacier Swim Club is the NW Section Age Group Championship held March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

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