Hughes, O'Brien, Jones lead Glacier Swim Club

Juneau's team sets four state records; finishes fourth at Alaska State Junior Olympic Meet

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Paul Hughes of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club was voted Alaska Swimming's Male Swimmer of the Year, while teammates Kyle O'Brien and Kristin Jones combined to set four of the five state records broken during the 2002 Speedo Alaska Swimming State Junior Olympic Championships held Friday through Sunday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

The trio led Glacier Swim Club to a fourth-place finish in the final team standings.

Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage claimed the team title with 2,270.5 points, followed by Aurora Swim Team of Anchorage with 2,110.5 in second place and Alaska Pacific Swim Club of Anchorage in third place with 1,850.5 points.

Glacier Swim Club was next with 1,682 points, using Sunday's final relays to edge ahead of North Pole Aquatics Club with 1,649 points in fifth place.

The Ketchikan Killer Whales took eighth place with 726 points to lead the other Southeast teams at the meet. Viking Swim Club of Petersburg took 10th place with 692 points, the Craig WaveRunners Swim Club finished 13th with 347 points, the Baranof Barracuda Swim Club of Sitka took 14th with 237 points and the Haines Dolphins Swim Team finished in 17th place with 176 points. There were 23 teams from around the state scoring points, plus several unattached swimmers from regions without active teams.

Hughes won his award based on his accomplishmets for the year, but he also won the boys age 15-older individual point-scoring award for the weekend's meet. Hughes won five events, took second in another and fourth in the last event. Teammate Tyler Hennon took fifth place in the age 15-older individual point-scoring award standings.

O'Brien won the boys age 11-12 individual point-scoring award, with teammate Mike Fishel taking second place in the age group. O'Brien also set three state age group records on the weekend, in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11 minutes, 26.25 seconds), the 400 individual medley (4:51.60) and the 200 butterfly (2:23.13).

Jones broke the age 11-12 girls state record in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 20:00.10. The only other state record broken in the meet was by NLSC's Brette Winegarner in the girls age 17-18 100 backstroke (59.69). Jones finished fourth in her age group's individual point-scoring award standings and was the only other Glacier Swim Club member to crack the top-five finishers in her age group's individual point standings.

Southeast swimmers to wind up in the top-10 finishers for their respective age group individual point-scoring award standings included the following:

• Laura Miller of Ketchikan won the girls age 10-younger award, followed by Erin Streuli of Petersburg in second place and Alexandra Broschat of Sitka in third;

• Jesse Archambault of Ketchikan took fifth place in the boys age 10-younger division and Thor Stenfjord of Petersburg was ninth;

• Kassie Beseau of Craig won the girls age 11-12 division award, with Jones fourth, Craig's Elizabeth Thomsen fifth, Juneau's Helen Reimer in a tie for sixth and Juneau's Julia DiCostanzo in a tie for 10th;

• O'Brien and Fishel of Juneau finished 1-2 in the boys age 11-12 division with Petersburg's Thomas Willis in fourth place, Ketchikan's Nick Fama in sixth and Sitka's Alex Dailey in ninth;

• Genny Szymanski of Haines finished in fourth place in the girls age 13-14 division, with Petersburg's Carole Triem in seventh place and Juneau's Kelsey Potdevin in 10th;

• Cameron Spence of Ketchikan finished 10th in the boys age 13-14 division;

• There were no top-10 finishers from Southeast in the girls age 15-older division; and

• Hughes won the boys age 15-older division, with Hennon fifth, Ketchikan's Ben Voetberg sixth and Juneau's Olin Robus in ninth place.

"This was a team effort and we could not have had the success without all 31 swimmers supporting each other throughout the meet," Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe said. "I would say that we were the loudest and only team cheering for all our swimmers each race. Of course, you will be able to tell as soon as you speak to the swimmers, chaperones and coaches when we arrive home."

Complete meet results can be found on the Alaska Swimming Web site, http://www.akswimming.org/juniorolympics/.



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