Juneau girls unbeaten after Sitka swim meets

Crimson Bear boys suffer first loss of the season

Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2000

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team kept their undefeated record intact this weekend during the Sitka Invitational swim meets Friday and Saturday at Blatchley Pool in Sitka.

But the Crimson Bear boys suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday, losing to Sitka 97-94 in a meet with five Southeast teams. Juneau's boys rebounded to win Saturday's meet 78.5-75 over Ketchikan.

The Juneau girls claimed Friday's title by a 106.5-75.5 margin over Petersburg and won again 103-72 over Petersburg. Complete results are available on the Scoreboard, Page B2.

"I think everybody got at least a couple of PRs (personal records)," Juneau freshman Lisse Focht said after posting second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 freestyle on Saturday. Focht was also a member of Juneau's winning 200 free relay team.

"A lot of people did good," Focht said. "We were missing a couple of good people (diver Kylie Manning and swimmer Jake Kreuzenstein were among those who stayed home). The past month, the whole team has been sick. I think some of them decided to stay and catch up on their schoolwork."

On Friday, Juneau's boys were led by the performance of Forrest Preston who had victories in the 200 free and the 500 free, while Chad Walter won the 100 butterfly. Juneau also had victories in the boys 200 medley relay and the boys 200 free relay. In the girls meet Friday, Juneau picked up a victory from Annie Fox in the 50 free, Heather Harris in the 500 free and the girls 400 free relay team.

In Saturday's meet, Juneau's only individual victories came from Walter in the boys 100 backstroke and Martha Kaiser in the girls 100 free. Juneau's girls won the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay, while Juneau's boys won the 200 medley relay.

While Juneau was missing a few key swimmers this weekend, it also had a couple of new people make their debuts. One of those was freshman diver Gabe Kelly, who took third place in Friday's meet and fourth place on Saturday. Kelly just started diving about a month ago.

"It was my first meet," Kelly said. "It was a lot of fun. I used to go to the free swims a lot and play on the diving board, and then I joined the dive team. There's a lot going on. It's very demanding."

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