The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons had home-water advantage on Friday and Saturday for the first time all season, and both schools tookadvantage.
The JDHS boys took first place both evenings with strong overall swimming. Senior Cody Brunette had several fast swims, and said this meet was better than he hadanticipated.
"I said that there would probably not be a lot of good swimming, but there actually were a lot of good times and a lot of good races," he said. "This has been the best meet so far in enthusiasm and team spirit."
The JDHS girls' team found themselves in a battle with Ketchikan on both nights. The Bears got the better of them Saturday, placing first a night after finishing second.
Lindsay Clark said Saturday night's performance was great for the team.
"I think we did better today because we beat Ketchikan, and I know a lot of my teammates have been improving their times and I, personally, have been improving my times," Clark said. "We've gotten season bests, and the team really pulled through today.
"It's a lot more encouraging," she continued. "And it's our home pool so we know it best and that helps us swim better. We just want to own (the competition)."
While Juneau-Douglas finished with great results over the weekend, Falcons assistant coach Jesie Ormsby said the young Thunder Mountain team competed well all season.
"The kids swam really well," Ormsby said. "A lot of them surprised me because how they practice is different than how they race, so they really pulled it out and did a good job.
"These kids are very coachable, which is a really important quality, and that's encouraging me as a coach. I'm looking forward to upcoming years."
Luke Brockmann, of Thunder Mountain, said he was very happy with the way things turned out in the Falcons' first meet in Juneau.
"It was pretty good. I dropped a lot of times and swam a lot of races," he said. "I enjoyed it. I think everyone on the team enjoyed it."
The overall results were not available at press time Saturday night, and will be listed in Monday's paper.
The Region V meet will be in Sitka beginning Oct. 30.
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