Juneau boys claim Sitka swimming title

Crimson Bear girls place fourth as many new swimmers make their season debuts

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

With many swimmers participating in their first meet of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming squad won the team titles at Friday's and Saturday's Sitka Invitational.

The Crimson Bear girls posted fourth-place finishes each day.

On Friday, the Juneau boys took first place with 94 points, with Petersburg in second place with 80. The Juneau girls finished fourth with 53 points, trailing Sitka (78), Petersburg (68) and Ketchikan (67).

On Saturday, the Crimson Bear boys earned first place with 107 points, with Petersburg in second place with 71 points. The Juneau girls finished fourth with 48 points, behind Sitka (78.5), Kayhi (66.5) and Petersburg (65).

"We had some real good swims," Juneau coach John Wray said of Friday's results. "Jake Kreuzenstein won the 200 (yard) and the 500 freestyle."

Also posting first-place finishes for the Crimson Bears on Friday were Heather Harris in the girls 100 free and Ryan Stidolph in the boys diving event.

Juneau's Nathan Schroeder finished second in boys diving on Friday, and Crimson Bear swimmers Q Smyth and Abe Levy earned second place in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Levy said his breaststroke time was a personal best.

On Saturday, Harris and Smyth won the girls and boys 200 freestyle. In the 200 free, the Juneau boys claimed the top four places.

Smyth also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle, and Josh Stone finished third.

Kreuzenstein won Saturday's 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, Schroeder won the boys diving title and the Juneau boys won the 400 free relay.

Stidolph finished second in Saturday's diving event.

Wray said the team used a different goal each day of the meet.

"Our goal (Friday) was to race hard and don't give up," he said. "(Saturday) our goal was to don't give in to the fatigue, and we race hard. I was really happy.

"The conditioning and confidence the kids have was really evident."

Smyth said the team had a lot of positive energy during the meet.

"It was a knockout day," he said of Friday's races. "There was a lot of energy, we had a lot of motivation. I was really pleased with my first-day times."

He said the meet was the first time he had competed in the 500-yard freestyle, and he finished in 5:43.

While it was much longer than the 200-yard length he is used to, Smyth said the 500-yard event "seems like it goes by in 30 seconds."

Complete individual results from the Sitka meet were not available to the Juneau Empire on Saturday. They will be printed in the Empire later this week.

Juneau's next meets are in Valdez next weekend - a dual meet with Valdez on Thursday, followed by the Valdez Invitational on Friday and Saturday.


Team results


Boys - 1. Juneau-Douglas, 94; 2. Petersburg, 80; 3. Ketchikan, 66; 4. Sitka, 25; 5. Craig, 2.

Girls - 1. Sitka, 78; 2. Petersburg, 68; 3. Ketchikan, 67; 4. Sitka, 53; 5. Craig, 17; 6. Haines, 2.


Boys - 1. Juneau-Douglas, 107; 2. Petersburg, 71; 3. Ketchikan, 68; 4. Sitka, 26; 5. Craig, 4.

Girls - 1. Sitka, 78.5; 2. Ketchikan, 66.5; 3. Petersburg, 65; 4. Juneau-Douglas, 48; 5. Craig, 20.

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