Juneau swimmers battling for state title in Ketchikan

Glacier Swim Club second in overall standings after two days of competition at age-group meet

Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2002

Juneau's Glacier Swim Club is within striking range of winning the team title at the Alaska Swimming Age-Group Championships, but it will need to make a move during today's events at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Pool to claim the crown.

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Complete results from the Alaska Swimming Age-Group

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Glacier Swim Club was in second place in the combined team standings after Friday's and Saturday's events with 298 points, which trails only the 326 points posted by Alaska Pacific Swim Club of Anchorage. The meet features the state's top club swimmers age 14 and younger.

Viking Swim Club of Petersburg ranks third with 241 points, followed by defending champion Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage in fourth with 202 points. The host Ketchikan Killer Whales moved up a spot in Saturday's results, moving into fifth place with 200 points and passing Midnight Sun Swim Team of Fairbanks (183), which was fifth after Friday's events. Other Southeast teams are the Baranof Barracuda Swim Club of Sitka in 10th place with 68 points and the Craig Waverunners Swim Club in 14th place with 45 points.

In the girls standings, Alaska Pacific leads with 196 points, followed by Northern Lights with 147 and Glacier with 135. Ketchikan was fourth with 116 points and Viking was fifth with 103.

Glacier led the boys standings with 163 points, followed by Viking with 138, Alaska Pacific with 130, Midnight Sun with 115 and Ketchikan with 84.

Kyle O'Brien was leading the way for Glacier Swim Club, having won three events in the boys age 13 division. O'Brien won the 100-yard backstroke and 100 freestyle events on Friday, then won the 200 individual medley on Saturday.

Julia DiCostanzo of Glacier won the 200 backstroke in the girls age 13 division, while Kristin Jones won the 500 freestyle in the girls age 12 division for Glacier, both on Saturday.

Other Glacier swimmers to post top-three finishes on Friday included Cody Brunette (third in the boys age 11 50 backstroke), DiCostanzo (second in the girls age 13 100 back and third in the 100 freestyle), Mike Fishel (second in the boys age 13 100 free and third in the 100 back), Jonathon Wendel (second in the boys age 14 100 back), Nick Rutecki (second in the boys age 10-younger 200 individual medley and second in the 100 butterfly), Alexander Barto (third in the boys age 10-younger 200 IM), Lia Heifetz (second in the girls age 12 200 breaststroke) and Kristin Jones (second in the girls age 12 100 freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly).

On Saturday, other Glacier swimmers to post top-three finishes included Barto (third in the boys age 10-younger 100 IM and third in the 100 back), Kristin Jones (second in the girls age 12 100 IM), Fishel (second in the boys age 13 200 back and third in the 200 IM), Wendel (second in the boys age 14 200 back), Heifetz (third in the girls age 13 200 breaststroke), DiCostanzo (third in the girls age 13 500 free), Amanda Jones (second in the girls age 14 500 free) and Josh Stone (second in the boys age 14 500 free).

Glacier Swim Club was also strong in the relays, winning three on Friday and two on Saturday.

The Glacier quartet of Barto, Seth Cayce, Nick Rutecki and Cody Schick won the 200 medley relay in the boys age 10-younger division; while in the girls age 11-12 division the foursome of Jenna Rutecki, Heifetz, Kristin Jones and Clairen Stone won the same event. Glacier's boys age 13-14 quartet of Wendel, Matt Josephson, O'Brien and Josh Stone also won the 200 medley relay on Friday.

On Saturday, the girls age 11-12 division quartet of Kristin Jones, Jenna Rutecki, Heifetz and Clairen Stone won the 400 freestyle relay; while the boys age 13-14 division foursome of Kyle O'Brien, Mike Fishel, Josh Stone and Jonathon Wendel won the same event.



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