JDHS girls swim team wins easily in Petersburg

Crimson Bears boys place third in both meets

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams finished up their third Southeast Conference meet of the season over the weekend in Petersburg.

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The two-time defending state champion Crimson Bears girls team won Friday and Saturday's meets comfortably while the JDHS boys took third each day.

With meets in Anchorage and at Sitka on the horizon, JDHS coach John Wray brought only five male athletes to Petersburg - swimmers Josh Clark, Mircea Brown, Derik Swanson, Evan Norman and diver Nathan Teal -to give them an opportunity to swim in the fastest heats.

"I'm really happy with how they did," Wray said of the boys team. "It wasn't about the team score. It was about the individual presentation of how they raced."

The four swimmers joined forces to win the 400-yard freestyle relay Saturday in 4 minutes, 30.91 seconds and Friday's 200 freestyle relay in 1:47.77.

Clark, a senior, posted a personal best time in Saturday's 100 backstroke. The senior won the event in 1:02.89.

"Josh Clark swam a very strong backstroke (Saturday)," Wray said. "He did a personal best. He did that after making a mistake in the start of that race (Friday). Today he took control of the event."

Teal won the diving competition each night for JDHS.

The girls won each meet easily over the weekend.

On Saturday, Amber Kelly captured the 200 freestyle in 2:08.51 and the 100 butterfly in 1:03.29. Sara Bogert won the 50 and 100 freestyle races, Jenna Rutecki took the 100 backstroke, Lia Heifetz won the breaststroke and the Bears also captured each relay on Saturday.

Katie Busch placed second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley for JDHS.

On Friday, Busch won the 100 butterfly in 1:05.05 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.41.

"Katie Busch swam excellent races today and yesterday," Wray said. "Some of the girls who finished third, fourth, fifth showed a lot of toughness."

Diver Allison Sharp won the diving competition Friday and Saturday.

Also on Friday, Sara Bogert and Melissa Bogert won two races each.

Next for JDHS will be a tri-meet Friday at Anchorage against Service and Eagle River followed by the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational on Saturday.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.

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