Juneau synchronized swimming duo places 5th at junior nationals
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JUNEAU - Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swim team duet Sarah Felix and Kimiko Urata placed fifth at the U.S. Junior National Synchronized Swimming Championships last weekend in Irvine, Calif.
The two 17-year-olds score of 76.057 was just 0.225 behind the fourth-place team and 0.79 behind third place.
Urata also took 10th overall in the solo competition.
With the fifth-place finish, Felix and Urata will compete with the best 30 swimmers ages 14-to-18 in the Phase II team trials in the end of May. The U.S. Junior National team consists of the top 10 swimmers and represents the United States in international competition.
Southeast Alaska swimmers take 17th at sectionals
JUNEAU - Swimmers from Juneau's Glacier Swim Club joined forces with Sitka and Ketchikan swimmers to place 17th out of 135 teams at the United States Western Age Group Sections in Federal Way, Wash., on March 23-25.
Southeast Alaska Swim Club competed against teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest as four Juneau swimmers finished in the top eight.
Ciera Kelly broke six new team records in the girls 9-10 year old division while Auri Clark set two new team marks in 11-12 year old girls.
Kelly broke her own 100-yard freestyle record for a third time and is closing in on a top-16 time, which would rank her nationally among the United State's top swimmers.
The 9-10 girls 200-yard freestyle relay team took fourth while the 11-12 200 medley relay team placed sixth.
The 9-10 year old boys 200 medley relay team set a new state record in its age division while finishing second. The 9-10 boys 200 freestyle relay team also won its event.
Kenny Fox placed fourth in the 50 backstroke, fifth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 50 butterfly while Nick Rutecki took fifth in the 100 freestyle.
In the United States Senior Sections on March 7-11, SEAK took 19th overall.
Kyle O'Brien competed in the finals of six events. He placed fifth in the 200 individual medley.
Melissa Bogert took 14th in the 100 butterfly while Sara Bogert placed 13th in the 50 free and 21st in the 100 free.
The men's relays took eighth in the 400 medley, 10th in the 200 medley, 16th in the 400 freestyle and 16th in the 200 freestyle. The 200 and 400 medley teams of O'Brien, Ben Campen, Cody Brunette and Ben Adams set new state records in each race.
The women's relays placed seventh in the 200 medley and 12th in the 400 medley.
Julia DiCostanzo, Elizabeth Jagusch and the Bogerts set a new state record in the 200 medley while the Bogerts, Jagusch and Amber Kelly broke the previous state record in the 400 medley.
Sara Bogert, Melissa Bogert, Kristin Jones, O'Brien and Brunette also set new team records at the meet.
Franklin wins singles tournament at JRC/The Alaska Club
JUNEAU - Beatrice Franklin upended Laurel Messerschmidt 7-5, 6-2 to win the women's AB division of the JRC/The Alaska Club Singular Sensation Singles Tournament on March 25.
Franklin topped Merijke Coenraad 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals while Messerschmidt topped Sandi Hughes 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
In the women's open division, Bev Smith finished with a perfect 2-0 record to win while Annie Kincheloe took second with a 1-1 record.
Nathan Graves won the men's B title with a 3-0 record. Jerry Adams took second place with a 1-2 record.
In men's A action, Ron Crenshaw topped Graves 6-0, 6-2 in the final. Crenshaw defeated Jim Bowman 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (8) in the semifinal round while Graves defeated Alex Andrews in the other semifinal.
Lewis Brooks beat Garold Larue 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 to win the men's open title. Larue beat Vini Lata 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals while Brooks topped Bong Carandang 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (5) in the other semifinal.
Phillip Murray wins division at Alaska Shotokan Tournament
JUNEAU - Phillip Murray took first place in the 15- to 17-year-old Boys Advance Kumite division at the Alaska Shotokan Tournament on Saturday. Kumite is a fighting form of Shotokan.
Murray also took second in the same division for Kata, which judges forms.
Douglas Murray placed third in the men's black-belt Kata division while the Juneau Boys Team of Phillip Murray, Jimmy Nguyen and Justin Stantorf placed second in the Advanced Youth Division for Kata.