The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams head into the second half of their season this weekend in Ketchikan.
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The boys and defending state champion girls teams will take on Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg and Craig.
"The season is into the back half," JDHS coach John Wray wrote in an e-mail. "Everyone is fatigued. Everyone, from all the teams including us, will be swimming tired this weekend."
The Crimson Bears are coming off a busy weekend trip to Anchorage where they faced East Anchorage and South Anchorage in a tri-meet and competed in the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational.
At Bartlett, the girls ran away with first place while the boys took fourth.
Wray will be sending 22 athletes to Ketchikan this weekend and said he'll be looking for toughness from his swimmers.
"Those who do well are those who mentally can push through that fatigue," Wray wrote. "That level of toughness is what we are looking for."
The girls should be considered favorites this weekend. This also will be a chance for some of their younger and less experienced swimmers to get in the pool.
Already blessed with a powerful junior and senior class, the freshman are stepping up for the girls.
Freshman Lindsay Clark has posted the 16th fastest 500-yard freestyle time in the state this season.
For the boys, Kyle O'Brien continues to impress. He holds the state's fastest times in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke this season.
This weekend should be another important meet for Juneau's relay teams.
Sitka, the defending state boys champion, boasts the state's top times in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
The Wolves have the second-fasted 200 medley relay time while JDHS is first.
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