Juneau's Glacier Swim Club opened its 30th season of competition by posting its top best-times mark during head coach Gary Crowe's tenure, helping to send him off in style.
The 15 GSC swimmers who competed at the October Splash meet on Oct. 11-13 at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool posted personal records in 83 percent of their events during the meet (88 PRs in 106 events).
It was Crowe's last meet as head coach of GSC. Crowe, who led the team for six years and before that coached in Ketchikan, is moving to Champaign, Ill., to take over a team.
"I am glad to end my tenure as head coach on such a positive note," Crowe wrote in an e-mailed report about the meet. "I am proud to say I have coached each and everyone one of you and have been associated with such a fine group as Glacier Swim Club."
The October Splash meet featured the Ketchikan Killer Whales, the Baranof Barracudas of Sitka, the Stikine Sea Runners of Wrangell, the Craig Waverunners, Viking Swim Club of Petersburg and Glacier Swim Club of Juneau. No team scores were kept, and most of the swimmers were younger since the high school season is currently in progress.
Of the GSC swimmers, 13 recorded at least three PRs with two swimmers having one or two PR times. The 13 who had at least three PRs each were Cassie Anderson, Tessa Beedle, Zoey Bigelow-Brice, Erin Burnham, Auri Clark, Lindsay Clark, Hanna Davis, Maggie Ehrhart, Megan Ehrhart, Ian Kelley, Carly Klein, Kim Miles and Sara Sayre. Posting one or two PRs were Neal Callahan (who was swimming in his first meet with GSC) and Nathan Messing.
Seven swimmers had 100 percent best times for the weekend, led by 8-year-old Auri Clark who had a PR in all 11 of her events.
Megan Ehrhart, age 11, posted nine PRs in nine events, while Anderson, 9, and Burnham, 9, both had PRs in all seven of their events. Sayre, 12, had six PRs in six events; Miles, 11, went 3-for-3; and Callahan, 10, was 2-for-2 in PRs. Lindsay Clark, 10, was 9-for-11 on PRs, while Klein, 8, went 7-for-8 in the best times list.
Maggie Ehrhart, 13, qualified for two events in the Alaska Senior Championships, making the qualifying times in the 200-yard backstroke and 400 individual medley events. She also qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 400 IM, as did Lindsay Clark in the 100 freestyle.
Lindsay Clark won seven events during the meet, including the girls age 10-younger 200 IM, the 500 free, the 50 breaststroke, the 100 backstroke, the 100 IM, the 100 breast and the 50 back events.
Auri Clark won five events, including the girls age 8-younger 100 free, the 50 butterfly, the 100 IM, the 50 breast and the 25 fly. Carly Klein won four events, the girls age 8-younger 25 free, the 50 back, the 50 free and the 25 back.
Complete results can be found on the Web at http://www.gsc-swim.org/october_splash/FridayResults.html, http://www.gsc-swim.org/october_splash/SaturdayResults.html and http://www.gsc-swim.org/october_splash/SundayResults.html.