Swimmers off to Petersburg

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team will get its final regular-season tune-up this weekend, as the Crimson Bears travel to a Region V meet in Petersburg.

Juneau coach John Wray said 22 swimmers and four divers will head to the Friday-Saturday meet.

"We are looking at finalizing the regional lineup," he said. "The only downside of having a large, healthy program is that we can't take everyone to regions."

The Region V meet will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Ketchikan.

Wray said he plans to juggle the relay lineups a lot at the Petersburg meet to find the best combinations to take to Ketchikan.

Those Crimson Bears who are not traveling to Petersburg will take part in time trials at the Augustus Brown pool this weekend, Wray said. The results from those trials will also be taken into consideration when paring down the region meet roster.

Several Crimson Bears continue to hold fast in the rankings of the state's top prep swimmers. The Crimson Bears boys 200-yard medley relay is ranked second in the state, and the boys 400 freestyle relay is ranked fourth. Juneau's Olin Robus is ranked second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley, and Tyler Hennon is second in the 500 freestyle.

Three Juneau divers have received top-five rankings - Marnita Coenraad (second) and Lexy Wagoner (fifth) for the girls and Patrick Hoke (fifth) for the boys.

Elsewhere in Southeast, Haines' Genny Szymanski continues to hold the top time of the season in the 100 backstroke. State-leading Southeast boys are Ketchikan's Ben Voetberg (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley) and Sitka's Matt Way (100 breaststroke).

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