'907' makes wake at Western Zones

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010

These daily capsules are from the Western Zones Swimming Championships, held Aug. 10-14 at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center in San Jose, Calif. The Alaska Zone Team, or the '907,' competed in the meet, finishing with 15th overall against teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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Day 1 - Alaska Swimming started Western Zones with two fast relays.

The 13-14-year-old girls' 400-meter freestyle relay of Dakota Isaak, Kaitlyn Groleske, Alex Weeks and Ciera Kelly improved their seed time by 20 seconds to place 15th.

Then the 18-and-under (18U) relay of Emmie Jennings, Mia Ruffin, Tara DeGeorge and Olivia Bowen improved their seed time by two seconds to take 13th overall.

Day 2 - The Zone team built on its momentum from Day 1 with fast individual and relay efforts.

• Bowen improved four seconds in finals to jump up to fifth place in the 17-18 200 backstroke.

• Kelly moved up to second in the 13-14 50 free.

• Josh Anderson jumped from unranked to fourth place in the 17-18 50 free.

• DeGeorge, Ruffin, Bowen and Emmie Jennings earned 10th place in the 18U 400 medley relay.

Day 3 - Alaska continued to swim fast in prelims and finals, and Thursday was butterfly day for the 907.

• Kelly had her two best times, including a 1.5-second drop from prelims to finals, to place eighth in the 13-14 100 fly.

• Bowen also dropped one second in finals to earn third place in the 17-18 100 fly.

• In addition, DeGeorge earned ninth in the 11-12 400 free, just a few seconds off of the state record.

• Alaska sits in 15th place ahead of Arizona.

Day 4 - Alaska just missed cracking the finals.

• Erin Moody finished ninth in the 10U 100 butterfly. Jennings also placed ninth in the 11-12 50 breaststroke, missing the finals by two-hundreths of a second.

• The 18U 200 medley relay of DeGeorge, Jennings, Bowen and Ruffin raced to 13th.

• Alaska continued to battle Arizona for 15th place.

• The 907 finished with its best day of the meet. Four individual finalists and a relay scored as Alaska was able to finish ahead of Arizona in 15th place.

• Anderson jumped from unranked to fifth in the 17-18 100 freestyle, and added a fourth-place finish in the 800 free.

• Kelly added a seventh-place finish in the 13-14 100 free.

• Bowen dropped four seconds from prelims to finals in the 17-18 100 back to move from eighth-place qualifier to fourth.

• And in an exciting ending to the meet for Alaska, Kelly, Groleske, Isaak and Weeks raced to a seventh-place finish in the 13-14 200 free relay.

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