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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2001

Hughes wins Western Zones swim title

Paul Hughes of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club became the first local swimmer in a decade to set a record in the Western Zones Swimming Championships. The Western Zones meet features the top swimmers from several states, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Hughes broke the boys age 13-14 division record in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 8.18 seconds Friday night in Maui, Hawaii, winning the title. In addition to breaking the Western Zones meet record, Hughes set records for Alaska Swimming and Glacier Swim Club, and he qualified for USA Swimming's U.S. Open meet in December in Long Island, N.Y. The only other Juneau swimmer to set a record at the Western Zones meet was Lani Wilson in 1991.

Besides Hughes, several other Southeast swimmers are among the 62 athletes on Team Alaska. Swimmers from Juneau are Hughes, August Brunner, Rikka Brunner, Kirk Fishel, Martha Kaiser and Hannah Robus. Results from other events weren't available.

Swimmers from Petersburg's Viking Swim Club include Josh DeGayner, Alex Schramek, Trevor Williams and Tommie Willis. Swimmers from the Ketchikan Killer Whales are Sofia Costales, Laura Miller, Joey Rauwolf and Ben Voetberg. Kieran Jacobson-Ross, Guy Simmons and Alexis Will are representing Sitka's Baranof Barracudas Swim Club, while Anna Szymanski and Genny Szymanski are from the Haines Dolphins Swim Team.

Juneau East Majors lose final game

Gastineau Channel Little League's Juneau East All-Stars team lost its final game of the Far West Region Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Tournament, dropping a 15-6 decision to Salem, Ore., on Friday in San Bernardino, Calif.

No scoring details were available for the game, which left Juneau East with an 0-4 record in the tournament and the distinction of being the 14-team tourney's only winless squad. But Juneau East manager Rod Baker told the Riverside Press-Enterprise the losses were only a minor disappointment.

"We lost, but we had a good time," Baker said. "Ive got sons coming up. I hope to be back."

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