Cayce leads Glacier Swim Club to fourth at Alaska Age Group Championships

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2004

Seth Cayce of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won the individual points title for his age 12 boys division, helping the club claim fourth place in the 2004 Speedo/Alaska Swimming Age Group Championships held last weekend in Fairbanks.

Glacier Swim Club scored 419 points in the team standings and won the award for most points scored per swimmer for the second year in a row. The club had 70 percent best times in the meet.

The team title went to Alaska Pacific Swim Club of Anchorage, which scored 712.5 points, followed by Northern Lights Swim Team of Anchorage with 513 points for second and Midnight Sun Swim Team of Fairbanks with 427 points for third place. Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith said his team lost 26 points due to disqualifications, which kept it out of third place.

The Ketchikan Killer Whales took fifth place in the team standings with 265 points, while Petersburg's Viking Swim Club finished 10th with 123 points, Sitka's Baranof Barracuda Swim Club was 11th with 116 and the Haines Dolphins Swim Team took 13th place with 81 points. There were 22 teams that scored in the meet.

Cayce won six of his seven individual events to post a near-perfect score of 47 points. He won the 100-yard butterfly, the 100 individual medley, the 100 breaststroke, the 50 breast, the 200 breast and the 200 fly events in his age group. He finished second in the 50 freestyle, spoiling his bid for a perfect score of 49 points (events are scored on a 7-5-4-3-2-1-0 basis).

Two other Glacier Swim Club athletes finished second in the individual point standings for their age groups. Cody Brunette won three events and finished second in the boys age 13 division standings. Kristin Jones won four events and took second place in the girls age 14 division.

Among the other GSC swimmers to place in the top-five in their age groups, Cody Schick finished third in the boys age 11 standings, while Carly Klein was fourth in the girls age 10-younger division, Alex Barto was fifth in the boys age 12 division and Jenna Rutecki finished fifth in the girls age 14 division.

Besides Cayce, several other GSC swimmers won more than one event at the meet. Jones won four events in her age group, while Barto and Brunette won three each. Lindsay Clark (age 12 girls) and Nathan Messing (age 11 boys) won once apiece.

Laura Miller of the Ketchikan Killer Whales posted a perfect score of 49 points to win the individual point scoring title for the age 13 girls division. Thor Stenfjord of Viking Swim Club won the boys age 11 division with 47 points.

The only other Southeast swimmers to finish among the top five in their age groups were Baranof's Alexandra Broschat (fifth in age 13 girls), Ketchikan's Case Kuikhoven (fifth in age 10-younger boys) and Viking's Annika Stenfjord (fifth in age 10-younger girls).

Complete results can be found on the Web at http://www.akswimming.org, and event-by-event results can be found on the Web at http://www.gsc-swim.org.



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