Record-breaking performances for Glacier Swim Club

Kyle O'Brien sets 3 new state marks

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006

Glacier Swim Club members Kristin Jones and Kyle O'Brien competed in 12 different events at the Speedo Champions Series Western Regional Long Course Senior Sectionals from July 18-22 in Federal Way, Wash.

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The meet attracted the top youth swimmers in the western United States.

The duo posted personal best times in 10 of the 12 races.

O'Brien placed in three different events. He took 13th out of 113 athletes in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 13.90 seconds. He took 19th out of 92 swimmers in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.27. O'Brien's time of 54.83 in the 100 freestyle placed him 24th out of 127 competitors.

Earlier in July, the Glacier Swim Club earned its highest finish ever at the 2006 Long Course State Championships in Anchorage by taking second.

The team won the most points per swimmer award and had five athletes finish in the top three of their age groups.

Also, every single GSC swimmer earned a point in either an individual or relay race.

O'Brien once again led the way by smashing three Alaska state records.

Competing in the boys 15 and over division, he broke Logan Tucker's 1999 record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.60.

He also broke his own 100 freestyle record in 55.49 and took down the 200 IM record in 2:16.63.

The 13-14 year old boys relay team of Seth Cayce, Josh Anderson, Alex Barto and Cody Brunette broke the 10-year-old state record in the 800 relay in 2:15.93.

Brunette and O'Brien took first place overall in their respective age groups while Jones finished second in the 15 and older girls category.

Amanda Jones took third in the 15-and-older division while Ciera Kelly placed third overall in the 10-and-under division.

Also, five GSC swimmers qualified for the Alaska All-Star team, which will compete in the Western Zone Meet in Fresno, Calif., starting Tuesday. Brunette, Cayce, O'Brien, Amanda Jones and Auri Clark all made the squad.

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