Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys, girls win titles

Crimson Bears girls win 16th straight regional crown

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams captured a pair of conference crowns in impressive fashion Saturday in Ketchikan.

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The Crimson Bears' girls won their 16th consecutive Southeast Conference Swimming and Diving championship by more than 100 points while the JDHS boys broke Sitka's two-year grip on the title.

The JDHS girls captured first place in all but one event while setting four new conference-championship meet records in the process.

"I'm really happy with their swims and they performed the way they're capable of for where were at in getting them rested and tapered," JDHS coach John Wray said. "I was really heappy. The team swam with a lot of spirit and enthusiam."

Melissa Bogert, Sara Bogert and Kristin Jones won two regional titles each for the Bears.

Jones set new conference-meet records in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Jones won the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 15.51 seconds and the 200 IM in 2:11.95.

Melissa Bogert won the 200 freestyle in 1:56.33 and the 100 butterfly in a new conference-meet record time of 57.37. Her twin sister, Sara, took the 50 freestyle in 24.29 and the 100 freestyle in 54.49.

Also for JDHS, Lia Heifetz captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:19.12 while Jenna Rutecki won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.37.

The Crimson Bears girls also made a clean sweep of all three relay races. The JDHS team of Sara Bogert, Melissa Bogert, Jones and Amber Kelly set a new conference-meet record in the 400 freestyle relay with a winning time of 3:40.26. The quartet of Rutecki, Heifetz, Melissa Bogert and Jones won the 200 medley relay in 1:52.99 while Sara Bogert, Kelly, Heifetz and Rutecki joined forces to capture the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.24.

In the diving competition, Crimson Bears junior Allison Sharp finished a close second to Ketchikan's Chanah Dulin with 343.35 points. Dulin won the event with 349.20.

In the boys competition, JDHS won four individual titles and two relay championships to take back the conference title.

"It was a goal," Wray said of the boys winning the title. "I think it means a fair amount to them to have it back at their place."

Sophomore Cody Brunette led the way for Juneau-Douglas with victories in the 100 butterfly in 53.56 and 100 backstroke in 56.43.

Fellow sophomore Nick Rutecki captured the 200 freestyle in 1:49.76 while Seth Cayce won the 200 IM in 2:06.29. Cayce edged out Ketchikan's Grant Wadley by .54 seconds for the title.

Two Juneau-Douglas freshmen, Josh Anderson and Tyler Mickelson, helped lift the Bears to a pair of relay championships.

Anderson, Mickelson, Cayce and Alex Barto joined up to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.23 while Anderson, Cayce, Brunette and Rutecki combined to win the 400 freestyle in 3:22.63.

Sitka's Ben Adams won the 50 and 100 freestyle races. His time of 21.76 in the 50 freestyle was a new conference-meet record.

The individual champions, winning relay teams and top three divers automatically qualify for next weekend's Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championships next weekend at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Those who didn't automatically qualify must wait to see if their performances are good enough to make the state championships.

The next 12 fastest swimmers, four fastest relay teams and eight high scoring divers statewide will punch their tickets for Anchorage.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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