When it should have been in Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool Friday, the Juneau-Douglas High School swim team was stuck in a Juneau fog.
But the Crimson Bears finally got on a flight out of town early Saturday morning and rebounded to sweep the titles at the Saturday meet of the two-day Ketchikan Invitational.
The Juneau girls won on Saturday with 92 points, followed closely by Petersburg (85). The Juneau boys won with 156 points, well in front of second-place Petersburg (73).
In Friday's meet, the Ketchikan girls won with 100 points, ahead of second-place Petersburg's 78. The Petersburg boys won the Friday meet with 113 points, trailed by Ketchikan (63).
On Saturday, Crimson Bear sophomore Paul Hughes turned in several impressive performances, including a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.55 seconds.
"He's the first swimmer for JDHS in the 27 years the school's had a swim team to break 1 minute in the breaststroke," Juneau coach John Wray said.
Hughes' time also is a full second ahead of the fastest 100 breaststroke time - 1:00.55 by defending state champion Gilbert Raposa of Dimond - on the most recent listing of this season's top swim times around Alaska.
Hughes also won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.94, a 0.39 second improvement on his state-best time.
"He was trying to break two minutes for the 200 IM and fell a little bit short, but it was still a very strong swim," Wray said.
Wray said Hughes and Kirk Fishel each swam several strong relay legs, and Fishel won the 100-yard butterfly.
Other individual winners for the Juneau boys were Jake Kreuzenstein (200 free), Q Smyth (100 free) and Tyler Hennon (500 free).
For the Juneau girls, the Potdevin sisters - Kelsey and Weather - each won races. Kelsey won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, setting a personal record in the 200, and Weather won the 500 freestyle.
Claire Gross set a personal record with her second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke for the Crimson Bears.
Wray said he was pleased with how the team handled the weekend's distractions. This was the second time this season that Juneau has missed a portion of a swim meet due to travel delays.
The Crimson Bears missed a dual meet in Valdez in September when their plane was delayed in Juneau due to mechanical problems, but they were able to reach - and win - the Valdez Invitational meet the next two days.
"In the 11 years I've been doing this, these are the first times we couldn't get to a meet on the first day," Wray said. But, he said, "everything worked out for the best."
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