The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team swept to victories in its opening two meets of the season Friday and Saturday at Sitka's Blatchley Pool, while the Crimson Bear boys took third place on Friday and second Saturday. The Ketchikan boys swept their two meets.
"Everybody swam outstanding, we had some exceptional swims," said JDHS swim coach John Wray.
The girls team obliterated the competition by beating second place Sitka High School by more than 40 points on Friday, winning 115-73. Ketchikan took third with 45 points, Petersburg had 41 and Craig was fifth with 19. On Saturday, Juneau won with 132 points, followed by Sitka with 60, Ketchikan with 58, Petersburg with 45 and Craig with 10 points.
Leading Juneau to victory Frday were the Potdevin sisters -- Weather and Kelsey -- who won two races each.
"I felt really good," said Weather Potdevin, who won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. "I wasn't even trying very hard and I nearly posted my best time."
Kelsey Potdevin won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly. Also having strong showing for Juneau was Annie Fox, who won the 100 free, and diver Becca Canaday. Juneau also placed first in the 200 and 400 free relays.
The girls team reeled off another impressive win on their second swim meet Saturday. This time the girls more than doubled their nearest competitor's score.
Juneau event winners on Saturday included Christina DiCostanzo in the 200 individual medley, Kelsey Potdevin in the 50 free and 100 free, Liz Brooks in the diving, Lisse Focht in the 500 free and Natalie Hale in the 100 backstroke. Juneau also won the 200 and 400 free relays.
"Our girls team is really strong and we'll do well this season," Weather Potdevin said. "I think we will take region and hopefully do well at state."
The boys team finished third Friday in a very tight team finish. Ketchikan won Friday's meet with 87 points, followed by Sitka with 83, Juneau with 77 and Petersburg with 50. On Saturday, Ketchikan won with 91 points, followed by Juneau with 78, Sitka with 65 and Petersburg with 63 points.
One bright spot in Juneau's close defeat Friday was Jake Kreuzenstein who won the 200 free by posting one of the top times in Alaska this year with a time of 1:51.96.
"I dropped two seconds from my personal best," said Kreuzenstein, who also helped the Juneau team win the 400 free relay. "I did pretty well, it felt good."
Tyler Hennon of Juneau won the 500 free, while Greg Albrecht won the diving event.
Kreuzenstein commented on Juneau's competition, "Sitka has a bunch of older guys who were hard to compete against."
Adding that he was satisfied with Juneau's showing, "We just worked hard during practice and when we got (to Sitka) we just had fun."
The boys was also more impressive during their second meet as well moving up to second place out of the other Region V schools.
Kreuzenstein won the 200 IM and the 500 free to lead Juneau on Saturday, while Albrecht again won the diving event.
"This was about where we though we were," coach Wray said about Juneau's performances. "We knew the girls were going to be strong. For the boys, we are going home and reevaluating."
Juneau is off this coming weekend, then heads to Petersburg for two meets on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22.