Crimson Bears break records and gain experience during busy three days of competition

Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2005

Records fell for the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team this weekend.

The Crimson Bears twice broke school marks, including the girls 100-yard butterfly and the 200-medley relay in which the girls' set a new Region V record.

On Thursday, the Crimson Bears boys and girls each defeated host Cordova in dual-meet action.

The girls upended Cordova 116-27 while the boys topped the host school 85-65. JDHS sophomore Kristen Jones proved the star of the dual meet by breaking the 100 butterfly school record with a time of 59.87 seconds.

On Friday, JDHS traveled to Anchorage to take on Dimond and South.

The boys finished third in the tri-meet with 76 points while the Lynx took first with 145.

Kyle O'Brien led Juneau-Douglas with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. The boys also took the 200-medley and the 200-freestyle relay races.

"We competed really well, we just didn't have the depth the other teams had," JDHS coach John Wray said.

The girls captured Friday's tri-meet with 124 points. South had 121 while Dimond amassed 81 points.

The 200-medley relay team provided Friday's highlight by setting new school and Region V records with a time of 1:57.71.

On Saturday, JDHS butted heads with more than 30 teams at the Bartlett Invitational.

The Bears' Melissa Bogert broke Jones' two-day old school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.33.

Kristen Jones won the 500 freestyle and Lia Heifetz captured the 100 breaststroke on Saturday.

For the boys, Matt Josephson won the 100 backstroke, and O'Brien took home the 500 and 200 freestyle titles.

Saturday's meet proved especially important for the divers. It was the first time this season the divers needed to perform a repertoire of 11 dives, opposed to the compulsory six dives needed in regional competition.

"They held up to the pressure of facing these high quality divers," JDHS diving coach Kathy Tide said. "They were very classy and didn't crumble under the pressure. I was very proud of them."

Hanna Davis took sixth place, Tanya Trucano finished seventh and Allison Sharpe took 15th place in Saturday's diving competition.

The diving competition took about 10 hours to complete, which made it a test of not only physical ability but of mental endurance.

"It gets pretty hard, so you get to socializing, then before you know it, you're up," Davis said. "You have to concentrate for those five seconds."

Overall standings and results were not available by press time.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com



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