Southeast swimmers head to Sitka

Posted: Friday, October 03, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team will send a small crew of 18 swimmers and divers to Sitka this weekend for the Sitka Invitational swim meets at Blatchley Pool.

The Crimson Bears aren't sending their entire team because several members went north to Fairbanks last weekend, and Juneau coach John Wray said he wants them to have time to catch up on their studies.

"We're basically taking the kids who didn't go to Fairbanks," Wray said. "With schoolwork demands, we can't have the kids traveling two straight weekends. With the Juneau Invitational, this will be three straight weekends of meets. We've got enough kids, and this way a few of the other ones will get to travel this year."

In the boys half of this weekend's meets, Wray said he's looking to see how senior Nathan Schroeder does in the diving event. He also wants to check out two young breaststrokers - sophomore Matt Josephson and freshman T.J. Preston.

In the girls portion, Wray wants to see how freshman Julia DiCostanzo does in the sprint freestyle events. He also wants to watch a couple of divers - namely freshman Kaitlin Niewoehner and sophomore Tanya Trucano.

"Nathan's a heck of an athlete, and it's a shame we don't have three more years to work with him," Wray said. "He's been doing well in practice and we want to see how he does in front of the judges. Julia was sick for the Ketchikan meet and she swam well at the Juneau Invitational. We want to get her some more seasoning. We've got five girls competing for four (team) spots at regionals, so someone is going to be disappointed when it comes time to choose our team."

In this week's list of top swim times for the season, Juneau has the top time in the state in the boys 200-yard medley relay. Other Southeast swimmers with No. 1 times in the state include Ketchikan's Ben Voetberg in the boys 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Sitka's Matt Way in the boys 100 breaststroke and Genny Szymanski of Haines in the girls 100 back.

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