O'Brien leads Southeast swimmers at Northwest Sectional meet

Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Kyle O'Brien of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club reached the finals in five of his six events at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships held March 19-21 at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The meet featured 1,230 swimmers from 135 teams representing Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. There were 82 swimmers from 16 Alaska teams at the meet, including eight swimmers from Glacier Swim Club.

The Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts of Tualatin, Ore., (a suburb of Portland) won the team title with 1,092.5 points, with King Aquatic Club of Federal Way, Wash., took second with 915 points. The top Alaska team was Anchorage's Northern Lights Swim Club with 80 points for 23rd place.

The top Southeast team was the Ketchikan Killer Whales, which tied for 38th place with 42 points. Viking Swim Club of Petersburg tied for 41st place with 37 points, while Glacier Swim Club finished in a four-way tie for 47th place with 29 points. Sitka's Baranof Barracuda Swim Club tied for 68th place with 19 points to round out the Southeast teams to score points at the meet.

O'Brien, 14, who is a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School, dropped time in all six of his events and set a team age-group record of 2 minutes, 2.28 seconds for the 200-yard individual medley, finishing third in the event.

O'Brien also took third place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:57.96, the first time he's broken five minutes. In the 200 free, O'Brien missed a senior sectional meet qualifying time by 0.01 seconds, finishing third in 1:47.70. O'Brien took fourth place in the 100 free (50.18), was sixth in the 100 backstroke (56.70, he was seeded 11th). In the only event where he didn't make the championship final, O'Brien dropped three seconds in the 200 back and finished ninth.

Also competing in the meet for Glacier Swim Club were Jenna Rutecki, Cody Brunette, Julia DiCostanzo, Lia Heifetz, Amanda Jones, Amber Kelly and Kristin Jones.

• Kristin Jones, 14, who swam on all four girls age 13-14 relay teams, reached the finals in two of her six individual events - the 200 free (eighth) and 100 butterfly (seventh).

• Kelly, 13, set personal records in her two events - the 200 back and 100 free.

• Amanda Jones, 15, competed in the 200 IM and 100 fly.

• Heifetz, 13, swam in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, setting a PR in the 100.

• DiCostanzo, 14, swam in the 50 free and was on all four age 13-14 relay teams.

• Rutecki, 13, competed in the 100 and 200 back events, posting a PR in the 100.

• Brunette, 12, the only male in the group besides O'Brien, set PRs in three of his five events, including a 2 1/2-second drop in the 100 IM.

Another Southeast swimmer to do well in the meet was 12-year-old Laura Miller of the Ketchikan Killer Whales. Miller, 12, reached the finals in all but one of her events and won three - the 50 free, 100 free and the 50 back. In the 100 free her nearest competitor was 1 1/2 seconds behind. She also took second in the 200 free and was eighth in the 100 IM. She took 10th in the 100 back, the only event where she didn't make the finals.

Trevor Williams, 13, of Petersburg's Viking Swim Club won the 100 free, took fourth in the 200 IM and took second in the age 11-13 200 breast.

Elizabeth Jagusch of Ketchikan took second place in the girls age 15-18 100 breast, while Abbey Jackson, 14, of Viking took eighth in the 100 back.

In boys events, Viking's Jordan Reid, 11, took fifth place in the boys 50 fly, while Sitka's Matt Way, 17, took seventh in the age 15-18 50 free and fifth in the 100 breast.

To download complete individual results off the Web, go to http://pns.org/fasttimes/results/meets04/03nwag/03nwag.pdf. Team scores can be downloaded at http://pns.org/fasttimes/results/meets04/03nwag/03score.pdf.

The next event for Glacier Swim Club is the Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic State Championship meet held April 15-18 at Anchorage's Bartlett High School pool.

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