Crimson Bears 'unleash the beast' over the weekend

Juneau's Jones sets two new school records

Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2005

With two wins and a handful of personal bests, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team enjoyed a successful weekend in Ketchikan.

The girls team won its meets on Friday and Saturday in convincing fashion while the boys finished second to Sitka on both days in the five-team competition.

"Things went pretty doggone well," JDHS coach John Wray said. "We had the motto this week of unleashing the beast. We did that for sure."

The Crimson Bears' girls team racked up 160 points on Friday and 156 points on Saturday as sophomore Kristen Jones set a pair of school records.

Jones posted a 5:11.18 in the 500-yard freestyle Saturday to beat her own state record.

She also broke the 200 individual medley school record previously held by Heidi Reynolds in 1987. Jones completed the 200 IM in 2:12.42.

"Kristen is a hell of a talent," Wray said. "She really loves to race. In that record, she got out-touched by a freshman from Ketchikan, but she went out there and raced. She's a heck of a competitor and very talented.

Wray also said that twin sophomores Melissa and Sara Bogert set class records for JDHS.

Sarah set a mark in the 100 backstroke while Melissa broke the sophomore record in the 100 butterfly.

"It was a real satisfying weekend for the kids," Wray said.

For the boys, Wray said he was pleased in how his defending state champs competed.

"We don't have the depth on the boys side to contest for the region with Sitka," Wray said. "What we could do at state, I don't have a clue. It'll be a wide-open affair. Our main purpose was to send a message in state that the boys are the defending state champs and we're not going to go away quietly."

Wray said the 200 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team posted the best times in Alaska as of last week's time.

The 200 freestyle team featured Kyle O'Brien, Matt Josepheson, Jon Wendel and Nathan Ord while the 200 medley team consisted of O'Brien, Josepheson, Wendel and Travis Blair.

"I had hoped we'd do as well as we did, but I didn't think it would be to this level of effort," Wray said. "I knew we could do this. We have the talent."

Look for complete times and results later this week.

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