Local prep swimmers crack first Top 16

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

Several members of the Juneau-Douglas swim team cracked the initial Top 16 rankings with the Crimson Bear boys' team earning high marks in several events, while Thunder Mountain also broke through for two top relay times.

The weekly rankings are compiled by Northern Lights Swim Club coach Cliff Murray, and reflect the best times in the state that have been turned in.

The JDHS boys have two of the top two relay times thus far in the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:28.21, good for best in the state), and the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:35.59, good for second best).

Tyler Mickelson currently owns the state's best 100-meter butterfly time (54.63). Nathan Messing's time of 58.57 is tops on the 100-meter backstroke list, while teammate Cody Schick is right behind him at 59.62.

This weekend marks the first full-squad meet, including swimmers and divers, at Ketchikan.

"We are looking forward to the Ketchikan meet. We will be taking five divers and 14 swimmers," JDHS coach Kathrin Millhorn said via e-mail. "The kids have been working hard on the technical parts of swimming and look pretty good. We anticipate our turns and wall work will be a little better this weekend than it was in Craig. This should result in some faster times.

"This will be the first competition of the season for our divers so we are really looking forward to seeing what they can do."

Thunder Mountain also cracked the state's Top 16 in two events: the boys' 200 medley relay (2:05.93, good for 15th best), and the boys' 400 free relay (4:04.25, good for 13th best).

"That's awesome," TMHS coach Jason Wilson said of his second-year guys breaking through for the first time. "I think they should be excited. It's more encouragement for the kids. They've been working really hard so I'm really curious to see how we do this weekend.

"We should be close to full strength with about 14 kids going," he continued. "We've got our divers going and it should be an exciting weekend."

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