JDHS girls wins regional swimming title

O'Brien, Brunette win two titles each to lead Crimson Bears' boys to second-place finish

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006

The defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School girls swimming and diving team won the Southeast Conference championship Saturday in commanding fashion in Petersburg.

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The girls amassed 147 points to win the title. Ketchikan took second with 73 while Sitka and Petersburg posted 46 points each.

In the boys competition, defending state champion Sitka won with 118 points while JDHS took second with 80 points. Ketchikan placed third with 69 points, Petersburg had 33 and Craig added 15. The girls won all but four events to take the overall title.

Junior Kristin Jones won two individual events to lead the Crimson Bears. She captured the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 15.28 seconds and won the 500 freestyle in 5:18.54.

Jones also teamed up with Amanda Jones, Amber Kelly and Melissa Bogert to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:43.85.

Bogert won the 100 butterfly in 59.08 and joined forces with Julia DiCostanzo, Lia Heifetz and Sara Bogert to win the 200 medley relay in 1:51.05.

DiCostanzo swam with Sara Bogert, Jenna Rutecki and Amanda Jones to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.37.

Amanda Jones won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.47 to round out the swimmers' accolades.

In the diving competition, Juneau-Douglas' Allison Sharp won the regional title with a season-high score of 340.95.

For the boys, Sitka's strength in the relay races proved the difference in victory.

The Wolves won the 200 medley relay in 1:41.06, just nipping Juneau's second place team of Kyle O'Brien, Seth Cayce, Cody Brunette and Nick Rutecki. The Crimson Bears' foursome placed second in 1:41.94.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Sitka beat JDHS by a margin of just .55 seconds. The Wolves clocked in at 1:31.28 while O'Brien, Rutecki, Cayce and Brunette posted a time of 1:31.83.

Sitka also won the 400 freestyle relay with JDHS placing fourth.

Individually, O'Brien and Brunette each won two regional titles.

O'Brien, a senior, won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.50. He also edged Sitka's Ben Adams by .06 seconds to win the 100 freestyle title in 48.30.

Brunette, one of Juneau's fleet of fast freshmen, captured the 100 butterfly in 55.49 and the 100 backstroke in 56.19.

Cayce, a freshman, placed second in the 200 IM in 2:08.48 and third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.09.

Another freshman, Alex Barto, took third in the 500 freestyle in 5:22.17 while Rutecki, another first-year swimmer, placed third in the 50 freestyle in 23.97.

In the diving competition, Nathan Teal placed second with a score of 377.50.

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