The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams opened their season on a winning note as they swept to the titles in the Petersburg Invitational swim meets at Petersburg High School.
The Crimson Bear girls won Friday's meet with 106 points, followed by Petersburg with 79, Ketchikan with 58, Sitka with 46 and Craig with 17 points. The Juneau boys also won Friday, posting 126 points to 72 for Petersburg, 45 for Ketchikan and 27 points for Sitka.
On Saturday, Juneau's girls won again as they scored 113 points to 86 for Petersburg, 52 for Ketchikan, 44 for Sitka and 16 for Craig. The Crimson Bear boys also won, scoring 114 points to 63 for Petersburg, 34 for Ketchikan and 25 for Sitka.
"We had a couple of freshmen swim quite well," Juneau coach John Wray said. "Giselle Stone was second in the 50 free (Saturday) and Claire Gross took second in the 100 breaststroke. The kids we have who swam the last couple of years placed about where we expected them to. Sophomore Mike Kasten swam well today and improved his times, freshman Aaron Hughes was second yesterday in the 100 breaststroke (to older brother Paul) with a chest cold and didn't swim today, and freshman Josh Stone swam some of his best times and performed well."
For Juneau's freshmen, this was their first chance to see high school competition, which is a lot different than what they see in the club team program.
"It's a lot quicker and a lot more fun," said Josh Stone, who is no relation to Giselle. "It was kind of nervewracking being the youngest swimmer, but I did pretty well. I amazed myself. I didn't think I'd go that fast."
For some of the older swimmers, this was a chance to get reacquainted with some of their friendly Southeast rivals. Sophomore Tyler Hennon won the boys 500-yard freestyle on Saturday, kicking his season off to a good start.
"I felt really good," Hennon said. "I went a little up (slower) in my events, but that's only natural since it's the start of the season. With every year you're more experienced and more comfortable in the water. Our freshmen are looking really good. I feel good about our team for the next couple of years. We've got some strong relay teams of both genders, which shows our good depth and diversity."
Kelsey Potdevin won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke to lead the Juneau girls on Friday, while her older sister Weather Potdevin won the 500 free, teammate Lisse Focht claimed the 200 free and Marnita Coenaard won the diving event for the Crimson Bears. Juneau's girls also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay events.
Other girls event winners Friday were Ketchikan's Kate Gazaway in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly events, Craig's Shona Pierce in the 100 free, Petersburg's Angela Henderson in the 100 breaststroke and the Petersburg 200 free relay team.
Paul Hughes led the Juneau boys on Friday with victories in the 200 free and 100 breast events. Olin Robus won the 100 fly, Kirk Fishel won the 200 IM, Jake Kreuzenstein won the 500 free and Gabe Kelley won the diving event for the Crimson Bears.
The other boys winners on Friday were Sitka's Carrington Gorman in the 50 free and 100 free events, Petersburg's Aaron Marsh in the 100 back and the Ketchikan 200 free relay team.
In Saturday's girls meet, Kelsey Potdevin edged her sister Weather by 0.02 seconds to win the 200 free, while Weather edged Kelsey by 0.81 seconds to win the 100 free, as both won in one of their sister's dominant events. Focht won the 500 free for Juneau, while Coenaard won the diving event and Juneau's girls claimed the 200 free relay.
The other girls winners on Saturday were Pierce in the 50 free and 100 back, Petersburg's Carole Triem in the 100 fly and 100 breast, Henderson in the 200 IM and Petersburg's girls in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay events.
Hughes won the 50 free and 100 free to lead Juneau's boys on Saturday, with Hennon winning the 500 free, Robus winning the 100 breast and Kelley in the diving event. Juneau's boys won all three relay events Saturday.
The other boys event winners on Saturday were Ketchikan's Ben Voetberg in the 200 free and 100 back, Petersburg's Jake DeGayner in the 100 fly and Sitka's Mica Trani in the 200 IM.
Complete results from this weekend's meets will run later this week.