It may have taken 14 hours to get from Juneau to Fairbanks for the Glacier Swim Club, but it proved to be well worth the trip.
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Juneau's swimmers, who combined with other regional swimmers to form Southeast Alaska Swim Team, enjoyed a banner meet at the Alaska Age Group Championships on Dec. 7-9 in Fairbanks.
Southeast Alaska Swim Team, or SEAK, won both the boys and girls championships over the weekend.
Juneau brought 30 swimmers to the meet. Of the 198 events in which the Juneau athletes competed, they posted personal best times in 145 of them. According to swim club coach Scott Griffith, that is a new record for the swim club in an Alaska Age Group Championships outside of Juneau.
For full results of the Alaska Age Group Championships, check out www.akswimming.org.
Leading the way was Kenny Fox, who racked up a meet-best 45 points in the 11-year-old boys division. Fox won 100 yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 IM, 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. He also took second in the 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke to teammate Louis Belley.
The swim club's Jimmie Busch and Jonah Swanson placed fourth and fifth in scoring, respectively, in the 12-year-old division. Busch helped led the 400 freestyle relay team to victory.
On the girls' side, Juneau's Ciera Kelly and Joley Hodgson took second and third place, respectively, in the 11-year-old division.
Kelly posted personal bests in each race in she competed. She won the 50 backstroke, 100 IM, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 50 butterfly while taking second in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM for 45 points.
Hodgson amassed 28 points while two second place finishes, two third place finishes and three fourth-place results.
In the 13-year-old girls division, Glacier Swim Club's Auri Clark tied with Kodiak's Celeste Beck-Goodell for second place with 36 points. Clark dominated the individual medley races, winning the 200 IM and 400 IM. She took second in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly while finishing third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 freestyle.
Dakotah Issac, swimming in the 10 and under girls division, will compete in her first Northwest Region Age Group Sectionals with qualifying times in four events.
Juneau's Kerry Barto enjoyed an exceptionally strong meet. Despite not being seeded in any of her races, she placed in the top six in each race she competed.
Griffith also said that swim club members Tatsu Monkman and Thane Reishus-O'Brien were the club's most improved swimmers at the meet.
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