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SoHi swimmers top locals at Region III meet

Posted: November 2, 2013 - 9:40pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Homer High School's Katherine Dolma performs during the women's diving portion of the Region III swim meet Saturday November 2, 2013 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Homer High School's Katherine Dolma performs during the women's diving portion of the Region III swim meet Saturday November 2, 2013 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.

The Soldotna swimming and diving squads took the top honors among Peninsula schools Saturday at the Region III swimming and diving championships at Kenai High School. The Soldotna boys took second with 57 points (30 behind Kodiak), and the Soldotna girls placed third with 58 points, only three behind runner-up Palmer, and 24 behind Kodiak.

The Kodiak teams cruised to the team titles with a combined total of 179 points — 82 for the girls and 97 for the boys. Kodiak girls have now won seven straight, and the boys five straight — including nine out of the past 11.

With 233 total athletes competing in Saturday’s finals, the strength of the Kodiak teams was on full display, as six region records were set — Ila Hughes and Tahna Lindquist nabbing four of them for themselves with two apiece.

Lindquist broke her own records from last year in the girls 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 5.33 seconds — almost three seconds better than last year — before dominating the competition in the girls 500 freestyle event by swimming to a time of 5:00.20 — seven seconds better than her previous mark. It was fast enough to beat all the boys as well (Zach Bloom from Colony won the boys event in 5:04.43).

Hughes grabbed region records in the girls 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle races, with times of 1:53.30 and 51.38, respectively. The latter record broke her own previous mark of 52.13 from 2011.

Among the Peninsula teams, Soldotna provided the biggest challenge with two relay wins and three individual wins.

Junior Alex Weeks won the girls 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.21 seconds and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.62 seconds. Both are SoHi school records.

“That was way better than what I expected,” Weeks exclaimed. “It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal for anyone. I was thinking about the 50. I wasn’t thinking about the 100.”

Weeks was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay team that included Megan English, Rachel Henry and Kaitlyn Groleske. The foursome beat runner-up Seward by 1.59 seconds.

SoHi swept the 50-yard freestyle races, as senior Daniel McElroy won the boys race in a time of 22.39 seconds. McElroy also added an unexpected victory in the boys 100 breaststroke, swimming to a time of 1:02.81, beating Colony’s Alex Kessler by .27 seconds.

“I went in like, third, and I was expecting maybe second, but I never thought I’d get first,” McElroy said. “I knew I won, but I didn’t know I had gotten such a good time.”

McElroy was a part of the winning Soldotna boys 200 freestyle relay, which won in a time of 1:32.33, edging the Colony Knights by .31 seconds.

Soldotna coach Lucas Petersen said he was more than pleased with the results of his team.

“We capped it off with a win from Daniel, which was a surprise, but it was great,” Petersen said. “It sets us up well for state. The relays swam well, and I expected them to do well.

“When we started out by out-touching Colony by .02 of a second (in the boys 200 medley relay), I thought, ‘There’s a boost for ya!’ It was good to have our girls start out by winning, then have our boys finish second.”

Kenai also took part in the winning. The Kenai boys dominated the 1-meter diving event, as Cole Gross took the top honor with a score of 327.15 points, and teammate Bill Ashwell finished second with 308.65 points. Homer’s Brian Rowe took third with 304.45 points.

“I feel awesome,” Gross said. “I mean, with a failed dive, getting to where I was, I was beyond ecstatic.

“The second to last one, it was a big (dive difficulty) and I had to go big or go home, and I went big.”

With a dive difficulty of 2.5, Gross had to perform near perfectly to gain the necessary points.

Ashwell said his penultimate dive — a front two-and-a-half tuck — was his best dive. He was ranked ninth after preliminaries on Thursday, and said he was forced to play catch-up after that.

“I had to nail all my dives, and I did it,” Ashwell said. “I’m happy to be up there with Cole.”

Kenai head coach Will Hubler said there were a lot of personal records set by his athletes, which had him feeling pretty good heading into the state championships.

“I was just happy and proud of them, they did an excellent job,” Hubler said. “Kirsten Duran did well, Cole and Bill were great, we had a lot of other swimmers that set personal bests. It was a rough first day (on Friday), but we did well today.”

Seward’s Olivia Beckham grabbed an emotional win in the girls 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.04, beating Soldotna’s English by .75 seconds. Teammate Isabel Barnwell joined Beckham on the podium with a time of 1:03.92 that was good for third place.

The Homer girls diving squad captured two podium finishes, with Jasmine Lewis winning with a high score of 318.05 points. Teammate Katherine Dolma finished third with 266.35 points, just shy of second-place Kirsten Duran of Kenai, who had 268.55 points.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES

1. Kodiak, 82 points; 2. Palmer, 61; 3. Soldotna, 58; 4. Seward, 34; 5. Valdez, 31; 6. Colony, 25; 7 Kenai Central, 13; 8. Wasilla, 2; T9. Skyview, 1; T9. Homer, 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200-yard medley relay — 1. Soldotna (English, Henry, Groleske, Weeks), 1:57.34; 2. Seward, 1:58.93; 3. Colony, 1:59.51; 4. Kodiak, 2:00.61; 5. Palmer, 2:03.11; 6. Kenai, 2:03.40.

200 freestyle — 1. Ila Hughes, Kod, 1:53.30; 2. Kaitlyn Groleske, Sol, 2:01.41; 3. Sierra Kinworthy, Col, 2:02.22; 4. Sarah Hanson, Pal, 2:06.45; 5. Elinore Millstein, Kod, 2:09.06; 6. Celestina Castro, Ken, 2:12.43.

200 IM — 1. Tahna Lindquist, Kod, 2:05.33; 2. Millie Snelders, Pal, 2:24.47; 3. Illa Macinko, Kod, 2:26.94; 4. Roslyn Kreigh, Kod, 2:27.71; 5. Josie McNelly, Val, 2:30.03; 6. Cheyanne Smith, Hom, 2:30.70.

50 freestyle — 1. Alex Weeks, Sol, 24.21; 2. Katie Stark, Pal, 24.72; 3. Naomi Graham, Pal, 24.90; 4. Colleen Murphy, Val, 25.59; 5. Isabel Barnwell, Sew, 25.94; 6. Millie Snelders, Pal, 26.37.

100 butterfly — 1. Noelle Graham, Pal, 1:01.21; 2. Riley McNelly, Val, 1:03.15; 3. Megan English, Sol, 1:04.62; 4. Celestina Castro, Ken, 1:05.81; 5. Roslyn Kreigh, Kod, 1:07.14; 6. Mika Morton, Sky, 1:10.06.

100 freestyle — 1. Ila Hughes, Kod, 51.38; 2. Alex Weeks, Sol, 52.62; 3. Katie Stark, Pal, 53.49; 4. Naomi Graham, Pal, 54.75; 5. Colleen Murphy, Val, 56.01; 6. Jessica Degnan, Sew, 1:00.90.

500 freestyle — 1. Tahna Lindquist, Kod, 5:00.20; 2. Sierra Kinworthy, Col, 5:20.25; 3. Brittany Horne, Kod, 5:29.33; 4. Kaitlyn Groleske, Sol, 5:29.66; 5. Rachel Henry, Sol, 5:44.15; 6. Elinore Millstein, Kod, 5:50.83.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak (Hughes, Macinko, Horne, unknown), 1:39.93; 2. Palmer, 1:40.33; 3. Seward, 1:44.04; 4. Valdez, 1:47.89; 5. Colony, 1:53.18; 6. Soldotna, 1:55.20.

100 backstroke — 1. Olivia Beckham, Seward, 1:02.04; 2. Megan English, Sol, 1:02.79; 3. Isabel Barnwell, Sew, 1:03.92; 4. Illa Macinko, Kod, 1:04.91; 5. Zoya Hanson, Ken, 1:06.82; 6. Kirsten Duran, Ken, 1:09.46.

100 breaststroke — 1. Riley McNelly, Val, 1:13.13; 2. Noelle Graham, Pal, 1:15.32; 3. Anne Sullivan, Col, 1:16.53; 4. Rachel Henry, Sol, 1:17.01; 5. Sasha Hamner, Sew, 1:17.49; 6. Haleigh Walker, Kod, 1:17.80.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak (Lindquist, Millstein, Horne, Hughes), 3:39.73; 2. Palmer, 3:40.41; 3. Soldotna, 3:52.35; 4. Valdez, 3:59.11; 5. Kenai Central, 4:10.74; 6. Wasilla, 4:17.03.

1-meter diving — 1. Jasmine Lewis, Hom, 318.05 points; 2. Kirsten Duran, Ken, 268.55; 3. Katherine Dolma, Hom, 266.35; 4. Tessa Heiberg, Kod, 264.30; 5. Katelyn Foster, Col, 252.35; 6. Lucy Haney, Pal, 241.30.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES

1. Kodiak, 97 points; 2. Soldotna, 57; 3. Colony, 51; T4. Palmer, 33; T4. Homer, 33; 6. Kenai Central, 21; 7. Wasilla, 6; T8. Valdez, 4; T8. Unalaska, 4.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

200 medley relay — 1. Kodiak (Schauff, James, Lincoln, Schauff), 1:40.27; 2. Soldotna, 1:44.23; 3. Colony, 1:44.25; 4. Kenai, 1:49.46; 5. Homer, 1:51.50; 6. Palmer, 1:52.81.

200 freestyle — 1. Zach Bloom, Col, 1:48.96; 2. Blake James, Kod, 1:49.29; 3. Mark Nagle, Hom, 1:53.04; 4. River Hanson, Kod, 1:53.90; 5. Dan Lambert, Kod, 1:57.41; 6. Jacob Dye, Ken, 2:03.85.

200 IM — 1. Nicholas Lincoln, Kod, 2:00.71; 2. Dustin Hunter, Sol, 2:07.57; 3. Joseph Anderson, Col, 2:08.25; 4. Josh Peck, Ken, 2:13.08; 5. Jacob Creglow, Sol, 2:14.49; 6. Mica Linscheid, Kod, 2:17.57.

50 freestyle — 1. Daniel McElroy, Sol, 22.39; 2. Daniel Jackson, 22.93; 3. John Snelders, Pal, 23.21; 4. Jonas Anderson, Kod, 23.86; 5. Cody Watkins, Sol, 24.12; 6. Tobin Sworts, Pal, 24.65.

100 butterfly — 1. Nicholas Lincoln, Kod, 53.33; 2. Dustin Hunter, Sol, 54.76; 3. James Nagle, Hom, 54.77; 4. Jonas Anderson, Kod, 54.90; 5. Josh Peck, Ken, 59.62; 6. Baxter Anderson, Kod, 1:05.70.

100 freestyle — 1. Alex Kessler, Col, 49.23; 2. Dyton Schauff, Kod, 49.25; 3. Daniel Jackson, Pal, 49.84; 4. Nathan Schauff, Kod, 51.10; 5. Max Mutch, Kod, 51.74; 6. John Snelders, Pal, 53.41.

500 freestyle — 1. Zach Bloom, Col, 5:04.43; 2. Mark Nagle, Hom, 5:11.80; 3. River Hanson, Kod, 5:11.93; 4. Dan Lambert, Kod, 5:15.56; 5. Mica Linscheid, Kod, 5:29.28; 6. Gregory Smith, Hom, 5:35.81.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Soldotna (Watkins, Corona-Cain, Hunter, McElroy), 1:32.33; 2. Colony, 1:32.64; 3. Palmer, 1:35.28; 4. Kenai, 1:37.94; 5. Unalaska, 1:45.29; 6. Kodiak, DQ.

100 backstroke — 1. Dyton Schauff, Kod, 54.32; 2. Nathan Schauff, Kod, 57.59; 3. Chase Corona-Cain, Sol, 1:00.60; 4. Gregory Smith, Hom, 1:01.36; 5. James Nagle, Hom, 1:03.11; 6. Cole Gross, Ken, 1:04.85.

100 breaststroke — 1. Daniel McElroy, Sol, 1:02.81; 2. Alex Kessler, Col, 1:03.08; 3. Blake James, Kod, 1:03.10; 4. Joseph Anderson, Col, 1:03.89; 5. Max Mutch, Kod, 1:06.32; 6. Jacob Creglow, Sol, 1:07.93.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak (Anderson, Hanson, Mutch, Lincoln), 3:27.68; 2. Homer, 3:37.68; 3. Palmer, 3:48.63; 4. Valdez, 4:00.93; 5. Kenai Central, 4:12.30; 6. Wasilla, DQ.

1-meter diving — 1. Cole Gross, Ken, 327.15; 2. Bill Ashwell, Ken, 308.65; 3. Brian Rowe, Hom, 304.45; 4. Ian Hall, Hom, 301.65; 5. Kaec Brinster, Hom, 301.45; 6. Gabe Waldhaus, Pal, 298.40.

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