Juneau-Douglas senior Kyle O'Brien earns All America swimming status

Crimson Bear posted one of the top 150 times in the nation

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006

Juneau-Douglas High School senior swimmer Kyle O'Brien earned National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo Swimming and Diving All America status for his performance at the 2005 Alaska School Activities Association Swimming and Diving State Championships.

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Last year in Anchorage, O'Brien won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 42.83 seconds, just two-tenths of a second shy of breaking the 1985 state record.

O'Brien's performance in the event was the among the top 150 high school times in the event last year. He posted the 120th fastest time nationwide, according to the NISCA. The senior became the fourth Crimson Bears swimmer to reach All America status. Former JDHS swimmers Scott Peterson, Jesie Lewis and Paul Hughes also earned All America honors.

O'Brien also won the 100 freestyle last year in a school-record time of 47.72.

In addition to O'Brien's accomplishments, junior Melissa Bogert earned All America consideration for her time in the 100 butterfly. Bogert finished in the top 200 last year in the event with a time of 57.56.

"Having Kyle and Melissa earning this level of recognition reflects on the effort, pride and commitment by the entire swim and dive team at JDHS," Crimson Bears swim coach John Wray said in a release.

The NISCA ranks the best times by athletes in each state championship meet for the entire country.

• The Juneau Empire sports department can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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