Swimmers from all over Southeast Alaska got out of the Juneau weather and into the pool over the weekend at a swim meet whose name befitted the elements outside.
The November Rain Invitational Swim Meet brought approximately 190 kids to Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, and Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith said it went even better than he had hoped.
"The kids from Juneau surpassed all the coaches' expectations," he said. "We were pleasantly surprised by some of the new kids who got in there and raced, and some kids we thought would be tired were getting best times and setting records.
"So it was very exciting, especially with a big meet coming up in three weeks."
Griffith said one of those swimmers was Ciera Kelly, who set the GSC team record in the girls' age 13 and older 100-yard butterfly with a 58.99.
"Ciera Kelly is a familiar name, and she's in the middle of hard training," he said. "So it was surprising how well she's swimming."
Another strong performer was Mia Ruffin, who barely missed setting a team record in the girls' 11- to 12-year-old 100 breaststroke over the weekend. Griffith said other names that impressed on the girls' side were 10-year-old Cassie Dzinich and Hannah Brockmann in the 13- to 14- year old division.
On the boys' side, Griffith said he had some swimmers go beyond his expectations.
"We had some really great swims from some of our 10 (years) and unders and 11- to 12-year-old boys, and that's not necessarily our strong point," he said. "We had some kids really impress us."
Griffith mentioned Charlie Jim, Noble McMaster, Noah Loseby, Cody Adams and Treyson Ramos among the swimmers who look promising going forward during the club's season.
"We also had Cody Schick - who is just off the high school state meet - come back and swim. And not only was he a great role model and leader for our kids, but he swam some races faster than at state last weekend," Griffith said. "That was pretty exciting to see."
As for the future of the GSC during its current season, Griffith said he's looking forward to watching his team perform.
"It was an extremely promising weekend. It's always good to have a home meet early in the season so the kids feel comfortable," he said. "The thing that really stood out - the kids who are our better swimmers swam faster than we expected. That's pretty encouraging with the Southeast Championships coming up."
The Southeast Championships will take place Dec. 2-5 in Sitka. Check Tuesday's sports section for Sunday's final swimming results.
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