Ketchikan girls, Sitka boys claim Kayhi swim meet titles

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Ketchikan girls and the Sitka boys swimming and diving teams claimed their respective titles Friday and Saturday in the Ketchikan Invitational Swim Meets at the Mike Smithers Pool.

The Ketchikan girls won Friday's meet with 106 points, while the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took second place with 90 points. Sitka had 61 points and Petersburg had 56 to round out the scoring. On Saturday, Ketchikan scored 136 points to win the girls meet. Juneau took second place with 65 points, followed by Petersburg with 56, Sitka with 51 and Craig with one point.

The Sitka boys won Friday's meet with 109 points, edging runner-up Ketchikan with 96. Craig took third place with 36 points, followed by Petersburg with 29 and Juneau with 24. On Saturday, Sitka again scored 109 points for the boys victory. Ketchikan took second with 88 points, followed by Craig with 36, Juneau with 31 and Petersburg with 22.

The Crimson Bears were competing with only about half of their normal swimmers, as coach John Wray said he took just four boys and 22 girls. Most of Juneau's more-experienced swimmers stayed home so they could prepare for next weekend's trip to Anchorage, where they will get their first competition outside Southeast this year.

"We had some really good swims," Wray said. "Senior Tom Josephson is getting into shape and he won the 200- and 500-(yard freestyle events) both days. He improved his times and got confidence, and that will help.

"We had two divers competing in their first meets - senior Monica Daugherty and freshman Hannah Davis - and they both did well for their first time competing. If they can get 11 dives ready they might be able to compete in regions. Another freshman, Jenna Rutecki, had some real solid swims. She didn't win anything, but she had some seconds and thirds and this was a good confidence builder for her."

Josephson led the Juneau boys with his four victories, and he was the only Juneau boy to win an event. Juneau senior Marnita Coenraad won the girls diving event both days, while freshman Koko Urata won the girls 200-yard freestyle on Saturday and was the only other Juneau girl to win an event.

Complete results will run in the Empire sports section later this week.

The Crimson Bears will head to Anchorage for a tri-meet with Service and Bartlett at Bartlett High School on Friday. On Saturday, the swimmers will compete in the Bartlett Invitational while the divers will go to the Chugiak Invitational.

"This will be a nice way for us to see a bunch of teams," Wray said of the two invitational meets next weekend, which should attract most of the state's top swimmers and divers.

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