GSC hostingbig weekend in Juneau

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010

The Juneau prep swimming and diving season just ended with the state meet in Anchorage, but there's still plenty going on in the pool.

The Glacier Swim Club will host the 2010 November Rain Invitational Swim Meet at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool beginning today. The event, sanctioned by USA and Alaska Swimming, runs through Sunday and features swimmers from all age groups around Southeast Alaska.

"For club swimming it's a chance to get out there and race some other teams," GSC coach Scott Griffith said.

Swimmers from Petersburg, Whitehorse, Sitka, Ketchikan and Haines will compete, along with 110 swimmers from Juneau.

"Some of them have gone through a whole season, and they're just going to hold a taper for another week and see if they can get some more (best) times," he said. "There are some events in club swimming they can't do in high school swimming, so this is a chance to get out there and race some events they don't normally get to do."

He said he expects about a dozen swimmers from the Juneau-Douglas swim team to compete this weekend, a week removed from the state meet at Bartlett High School.

The GSC season begins after Labor Day, and the group already competed in a meet in Whitehorse in October. But this event will mark the first time Juneau has hosted a meet this season, and Griffith said there will be great races in the pool all weekend.

"We're pretty excited. This is the first time the Whitehorse team has come down, and they're bringing some very talented older girls," he said. "So it'll be nice to have some new competition. Those girls could put up a race for some of our guys."

Outside of Whitehorse, Griffith said Sitka is bringing some of the high school's top-level swimmers and poses another threat to Juneau's athletes.

"It'll be a chance for some of our swimmers to shine in their local pool," he said. "Some of these kids (who people don't know about) have been swimming every day."

Griffith said Ciera Kelly, Dakota Isaak and Kenny Fox top the list of Juneau swimmers to keep an eye on this weekend. The meet starts today at 4:30 p.m. at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool and runs through Sunday with final events beginning at 9 a.m.

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