The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams made big statements over the weekend in Anchorage.
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Both the Crimson Bears boys' and girls' teams won the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational on Saturday as the team went up against more than 500 swimmers and divers.
The JDHS girls racked up 414 points to win their third straight Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational while the boys had 269 points in the win.
"We took 13 girls up and all 13 girls scored individual points and scored relay points," JDHS coach John Wray said. "We also won the boys team title. That was unexpected but partway through I realized we were doing pretty well."
The format of the invitational scores the top 16 places, as opposed to the top eight like most competitions.
For the girls, Juneau-Douglas won one relay and took the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
"I think they got excited with the fact that it's that many people," Wray said of the big field. "There were some very good races going on with good competition. You maybe in the second-to-last heat, but the seven other people are close to you in time. You have to get yourself focused and do something or you'll get left behind."
The event is also unique for the divers. On Saturday, divers had to perform 11 dives instead of just six. This gets the divers prepared for the state championships in November.
Allison Sharp took fifth for the girls while Nathan Team placed sixth for the boys.
In the boys competition, Wray took seven athletes and each one of them scored points.
Alex Barto, Seth Cayce, Cody Brunette and Nick Rutecki joined forces to win the 200 medley relay while Cayce took the 100 backstroke.
On Friday, the JDHS girls won a tri-meet against Service and Eagle River while the boys placed second to the Cougars. The girls won all but two events on Friday while the boys 200 medley relay team of Barto, Cayce, Brunette and Derik Anderson cruised to victory in 1 minute, 46.13 seconds.
Juneau-Douglas will head to Sitka next weekend for its third weekend of meets in as many weeks.
"We had some people drop times, some held consistent," Wray said. "We're getting beat up and tired at this point, but I'm really enthused."
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