Crimson Bears qualify a host of athletes for state

Twenty-six team members are eligible

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams performed well enough on Saturday to qualify 26 athletes for the upcoming state championships.

On Sunday, the Alaska School Activities Association released the list of swimmers, divers and relay teams who made it to the state's most important

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high school meet on its Web site.

"We had a quite a few people step up," JDHS coach John Wray said of his team at the region meet. "I was happy with how things went and how we performed."

The JDHS girls won their 14th straight Southeast Conference title Saturday in Petersburg while the boys took second to defending state champion Sitka.

In all, the boys and girls won nine region titles in swimming, one diving title and three relay championships.

The girls 200-yard medley relay team of Julia DiCostanzo, Lia Heifetz, Sara Bogert and Melissa Bogert set a new regional record with a time of 1 minute, 51.05 seconds.

"There's a little payback there because we held the region record two years ago," Wray said "Last year in Sitka, Ketchikan edged us out. ... The girls wanted the region record back so they got it."

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Junior Kristin Jones won two region titles, taking the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle while Melissa Bogert won the 100 butterfly title. Amanda Jones took the 200 freestyle for the Crimson Bears.

JDHS freshman Lindsay Clark qualified for the 200 freestyle event at the state championships with a regional time of 2:06.80 on Saturday.

"Lindsay Clark had some great swims," Wray said "I think Lindsay swam with a lot of courage."

The boys qualified two relay teams, a diver and a number of swimmers in individual events following Saturday's meet.

Senior standout Kyle O'Brien will get a chance to defend his 100 and 200 freestyle titles after winning each race on Saturday in Petersburg.

O'Brien also teamed up with freshmen Nick Rutecki, Seth Cayce and Cody Brunette on the 200 freestyle relay team. They finished second but qualified for state with a time of 1:31.28.

"The 200 free was on the top five list in JDHS history," Wray said. "There were mistakes made in that 200 free relay that are all correctable so I'm confident we can even drop some more time off that."

The majority of the boys team headed to state are freshman. Brunette won two regional titles while Rutecki, Cayce, Alex Barto all qualified in individual events. Sophomore diver Nathan Teal will make his second trip to state after finishing second Saturday in Petersburg.

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