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Juneau swim team sweeps at Petersburg

Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2003

Juneau-Douglas High School swimmers and divers swept the team titles at Friday and Saturday's meets at Petersburg, the final tune-ups for the Region V meet.

The meets offered Crimson Bear coach John Wray his final chance to try out new lineups for relay events before the region meet, which will be held in Ketchikan in two weeks and determines which Southeast swimmers qualify for November's state meet.

"I think we definitely achieved what we wanted to do," Wray said. "After looking at the splits and the results, I've got a much clearer picture of where we're going to put people."

On Friday, the Crimson Bear girls led the field with 131 points, followed by Ketchikan (72), Petersburg (70), Sitka (31) and Craig (6). The Juneau boys were first with 134 points, followed by Ketchikan (89), Sitka (65), Craig (15) and Petersburg (13).

At Saturday's meet, the Juneau girls finished first with 132 points, Petersburg took second with 76 and Kayhi finished third with 60. Sitka (26) and Craig (2) rounded out the field. For the boys, Juneau was first with 126 points, trailed by Ketchikan (97), Sitka (52), Craig (15) and Petersburg (13).

Wray said a number of Juneau swimmers had personal bests at the meets - including freshmen Amanda Jones (200 freestyle), Kyle O'Brien (200 freestyle) and Kacey Klein (500 freestyle).

Juneau senior Kirk Fishel made a strong return to competition after a long layoff due to health problems.

"He got some times that will put him back on the state's top-16 list," Wray said. "We'll have to see what he does in two weeks."

Four of Juneau's divers faced off with competitors from Petersburg and Sitka at the meets. Juneau sophomore Lexy Wagoner and senior Patrick Hoke said they tried out some new dives.

"There were some last-minute things thrown in," said Wagoner, who finished second in Friday's girls competition and first on Saturday. "I've been working on front somersaults and adding a twist to it."

Hoke, who won the boys event both days, said he tried out a reverse one-and-a-half twist, with modest success.

The Crimson Bears' eyes now turn to the region meet. Wagoner said she is looking forward to the energy of that meet, which comes from its inherent sense of uncertainty.

"We're all really excited about it," she said. "State is fun, but regionals are almost more fun because you don't know who is going to go to state."

Complete individual results were not unavailable Saturday evening. They will run in the Empire later this week.



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