Juneau swimmers compete at NW Age Group meet

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2003

Kyle O'Brien led five members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships held March 21-23 in Federal Way, Wash.

O'Brien was the only GSC swimmer to reach the finals, posting a best finish of second place in the boys age 13 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.09 seconds.

O'Brien took third place in the age 13 200 free with a time of 1:54.31, was third in the 200 individual medley at 2:10.83, was third in the 400 IM at 4:39.94, took fifth in the 500 free at 5:12.58, and was eighth in the 100 butterfly at 1:00.19 (he was sixth after the preliminaries with a 59.45).

Kristin Jones took ninth place in the girls age 13 100 butterfly (1:03.33), just missing a spot in the finals and a chance to earn team points. Jones took 10th place in the 200 IM (2:19.44), 14th in the 200 free (2:04.36), 14th in the 100 free (57.79) and 16th in the 500 free (5:38.44).

Lia Heifetz took 13th place in the girls age 12 100 breaststroke (1:15.69) and was 17th in the 50 breast (35.38).

Julia DiCostanzo finished 16th in the girls age 13 50 free (27.13) and 31st in the 100 backstroke (1:11.43).

Jake Kreuzenstein, 18, who is just coming off a shoulder injury, finished 32nd in the boys age 15-18 500 free (5:09.01), 34th in the 400 IM (4:36.51) and 75th in the 200 free (1:58.69).

All of GSC's team points were scored by O'Brien, who earned 30 points to lead GSC to 49th place in the team standings. The meet featured about 1,500 of the top age group swimmers from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana, Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho, and 103 teams scored points.

The top Alaska team was Petersburg's Viking Swim Club, which tied for 14th place with 116 points. Tualatin Hills Swim Club of Tualatin, Ore., won the meet with 1,201.5 points, followed by King Aquatic Club of Seattle with 1,155.

Beside Viking and Glacier, there were nine other Alaska teams that scored points at the meet.

The Ketchikan Killer Whales tied for 32nd place with 48 points and Sitka's Baranof Barracudas tied for 82nd place with 10 points as the only other Southeast teams.

In highlights involving swimmers from Southeast Alaska, the Viking Swim Club relay team of Jordan Birchell, Thomas Willis, Jordan DeGayner and Trevor Williams won the age 11-12 200 medley relay race with a time of 1:56.40 and the same quartet won the 400 medley relay in 4:18.44. The foursome took third in the 200 free relay (1:45.97) and the 400 free relay (3:53.89). All four times broke state records and were national reportable times.

Williams took second place in the boys age 12 100 IM (1:00.52), breaking another state record. Those four teamed up with Carole Triem and Tessa Hasbrouck to lead Petersburg to the top finish by an Alaska team.

Laura Miller of Ketchikan won two individual events - the girls age 11 50 free (26.12) and the 100 free (57.30). Her teammate, Kirsta Bezenek, won the girls age 11 50 butterfly (29.12).

Complete results can be found on the Web at http://pns.org/fasttimes/results/meets03/03nwag/03nwag.htm.

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