JDHS swim team gets 7 honors

Crimson Bears post multiple All-American performances

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team made a big national splash on July 1.

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The Crimson Bears received seven All-American designations from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for the 2006-2007 school year. The NISCA recognizes the 130 fastest times in 48 states during the school season.

The seven designations is the highest total ever for the JDHS swimming and diving team.

Kyle O'Brien, who graduated from JDHS in the summer and will swim for Northwestern University, clocked the 55th fastest time in the nation with his 1 minute, 41.17 seconds performance in the 200-yard freestyle. It is the second year in a row O'Brien made All-America in that particular race.

Melissa Bogert's 56.38 in the 100 butterfly was the 50th fastest time this year.

Her twin sister, Sara, received two designations. Sara Bogert posted the 75th fastest time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.87 seconds. Her 53.47 time in the 100 freestyle proved the 111th best performance this year.

The Bogerts return for their senior seasons this fall for the two-time defending state girls champions.

The girls team also had three relay All-America times.

The 200 medley relay quartet of Julia DiCostanzo, Lia Heifetz, Melissa Bogert and Sara Bogert clocked the 61st fastest time of the season in 1:48.93.

Sara Bogert, Jenna Rutecki, Amanda Jones and DiCostanzo teamed up to set the 64th fastest time in the 200 freestyle rely in 1:37.90.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Kristin Jones, Amanda Jones, Amber Kelly and Melissa Bogert's time of 3:35.92 was the 126th fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay this past year.

Amanda Jones and DiCostanzo will both swim for South Dakota State University this year.

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