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Stars swimmers sweep Kenai Invitational

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2001

Homer and Soldotna were heavy favorites going into Saturday's Kenai Invitational Swim and Dive Meet. Eight schools took part in the event held at Kenai Central High School's natatorium, including Seward, Valdez, Skyview, Cordova, Kenai and West from Anchorage.

Soldotna won last year's meet and coach Sohail Marey said he was eager to pull a repeat.

"It would be nice to win again," Marey said before the meet's conclusion. "But we have three wonderful kids that are very sick."

Because of missing swimmers, Marey said he asked some of his team members to take on different roles, participating in races they wouldn't normally swim.

"I told them, 'This is a day that I'm gonna ask each one of you to step up,'" Marey said. "Some of them (who swam in different events) finished first. Today was all about team effort."

One such swimmer was Jenna Syverson.

"I put her in the 200-yard individual medley to improve her conditioning," Marey said.

Syverson won the event with a time of 2 minutes, 4.56 seconds. She also won the 500-yard freestyle and swam the anchor legs of the girls 200-yard medley and freestyle relays.

Syverson, however, levied credit upon her entire team.

"We've been really trying to work harder as a team," she said. "I'm really proud of the team. The way they all stepped up."

Soldotna junior Nick Sorrell led the boys team with victories in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay.

"I felt really excited about our team, today," Sorrell said. "The missing people was a challenge. I think we've got a good shot at the state."

Homer coach Trent Fischer said he was more focused on the end of the season.

"We had the toughest week of practice," Fischer said. "They've been swimming 10,000 yards a day, two to three days a week. They were swimming really tired today, but we had a couple of surprises in spite of it. It'll pay off in the end."

Kenai coach William Hubler said his expectations for his team centered around improving their personal bests.

"I hope to see them cut their times down," he said. "We have a small, but exceptional team. With a small team, you can give more attention to swimmers."

Hubler expressed high hopes for his diver, Rachel Knowles, who won Saturday's competition with ease, scoring 182.80 points - more than 60 points ahead of the runner up.

"I'd like to see (her) break a record."

Joanne Wainwright, Skyview swim coach said that, after three meets, she has her core team together.

"Now that they have a few meets under their belts, a lot of our swimmers will be able to do more specific goal setting," Wainwright said. Among the team goals for the year, Wainwright included, "of course, to have fun."

KENAI INVITATIONAL

At Kenai

Saturday

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Soldotna, 97.5; 2. Homer, 70; 3. Valdez, 54; 4. West, 38; 5. Kenai, 28; 6. Skyview, 25.5; 7. Seward, 11; 8. Cordova, 6

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Soldotna (Franzman, Perterson, Chavka, Syverson), 1 minute, 59.50 seconds; 2. Homer, 2:02.20; 3. Valdez, 2:09.47; 4. West, 2:10.78; 5. Kenai, 2:16.58; 6. Skyview, 2:16.88.

200 FREESTYLE -- 1. Tianna Wood, Kod, 2:04.27; 2. Kate Kuhns, Hom, 2:05.17; 3. Amy Van Dyke, Col, 2:05.80; 4. Kristen Quisenberry, Sol, 2:10.85; 5. Sarah Lambe, Sky, 2:11.10; 6. Sally Koszarek, Val, 2:11.53.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY -- 1. Jenna Syverson, Sol, 2:04.56; 2. Ruth McConnell, Ken, 2:12.25; 3. Hannah Baechler, Hom, 2:14.52; 4. Erika Hendrickson, Hom, 2:16.39; 5. Kate Goudreau, Val, 2:16:81; 6. Jamie Call, Val, 2:17.59.

50 FREESTYLE -- 1. Ganser, Sew, 26.34; 2. Martin, Sol, 26.54; 3, Lambe, Sky, 27.16; 4. Webber, Cor, 27.88; 5. Jennings, Hom, 28.11; 6. Woodard, Ken, 28.14.

DIVING -- 1. Rache Knowles, Ken, 182.80 points; 2. Heidi Biggs, Sol, 121.10; 3. Hanna King, Sky, 110.15; 4. Anna Evanson, Sky, 93.30; 5. Sammy Dalebout, Sky, 88.65; 6. Annie Prentke, West, 83.50.

100 BUTTERFLY -- 1. Renne Rykaczowski, Hom, 1:02.79; 2. Keely Chavka, Sol, 1:08.40; 3. Ruth McConnell, Ken, 1:10.85; 4. Kim Holliday, West, 1:11.29; 5. Kaela Fulcher, Val, 1:11.88; 6. Marcie Woodard, Ken, 1:13.02.

100 FREESTYLE -- 1. Colman, Val, 57.60; 2. Martin, Sol, 58.56; 3. Ganser, Sew, 59.48; 4. Jennings, Hom, 1:02.64; 5. Lubeck, West, 1:02.97; 6. Vandersluis, Sol, 1:03.56; 6. Lambe, Sky, 1:03.56.

500 FREESTYLE -- 1. Jenna Syverson, Sol, 5:50.03; 2. Erika Hendrickson, Hom, 5:59.02; 3. Hannah Baechler, Hom, 6:06.81; 4. Kate Goudreau, Vald, 6:09.00; 5 Ashley Risch, Sky, 6:09.48; 6 Jamie Call, Val, 6:19.98

200 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Soldotna (Martin, Chavka, Petersen, Syverson), 1:46.11; 2. Homer, 1:48.18; 3. Valdez, 1:53.20; 4. West, 1:54.54; 5. Kenai, 1:55.02; 6. Skyview, 1:58.82.

100 BACKSTROKE -- 1. Renne Rykaczowski, Hom, 1:03.50; 2. Karina Peterson, Sol, 1:11.41; 3. Melissa Malcom, Hom, 1:11.72; 4. Stacie Webber, Cor, 1:12.21; 5. Andrea Lubeck, West, 1:12.32; 6. Jessicca Franzmann, Sol, 1:13.16.

100 BREASTSTROKE -- 1. Kim Holliday, West, 1:18.28; 2. Leah Thomas, Val, 1:19.15; 3. Brita Baelcher, Hom, 1:21.75; 4. Rhyannon Moore, West, 1:23.10; 5. Josi Faulkenberry, West, 1:23.34; 6. Kena Lull, Val, 1:23.55.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Soldotna (Youngren, Franzmann, Vandersluis, Martin), 4:09.24; 2. Valdez, 4:14.31; 3. Soldotna, 4:50.69; 4. West, 5:04.63; 5. Skyview, 5:06.53; 6. Kenai, 5:09.75.

TEAM SCORES -- 1. Soldotna, 106; 2. Homer, 82; 3. Valdez, 59; 4. West, 39; 5. Skyview, 15; 6. Kenai, 10; 7. Cordova, 8; 8. Seward, 7.

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Soldotna (Grasso, Harrison, Chavka, Marey) , 1:47.36; 2. Homer 'A', 1:48.45; 3. Homer 'B', 1:55.02; 4. West, 1:55.69; 5. Skyview, 2:09.69; 6. Valdez, 2:10.27.

200 FREESTYLE -- 1. Luke Thomas, Val, 1:50.54; 2. Ben Huhns, Hom, 1:56.65; 3. Ty Mann-Schweigert, Sol, 1:58.96; 4. Matt Goudreu, Val, 2:02.00; 5. Seth Chavka, Sol, 2:03.76; 6. Jesse Tapley, Ken, 2:04.23.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY -- 1. Nick Sorrell, Sol, 2:06.46; 2. Alex Park, Val, 2:16.39 3. Aladean Marey, Sol, 2:16.85; 4. Daryl Wythe, Hom, 2:18.50; 5. Sean Beecher, Cor, 2:18.97; 6. Travis Riley, Hom, 2:23.76.

50 FREESTYLE -- 1. Jake Bell, Hom, 23.58; 2. Bill Hutchings, West, 23.67; 3. Clayton Harrison, Sol, 23.93; 4. J.D. Pault, Ken, 24.22; 5. Jacob Boulden, Sew, 24.63; 6. Lance Haggerty, Hom, 25.63.

DIVING -- 1. Sean Anderson, Sky, 137.95 points; 2. Alex Bretz, West, 97.15; 3. Max Biggs, Sol, 79.80; 4. Josh Hanson, West, 66.70;

100 BUTTERFLY -- 1. Evan Smith, Hom, 58.91; 2. Leo Grasso, Sol, 59.19; 3. Jamey Smith, Hom, 59.98; 4. Devin Reiss, Val, 1:06.12; 5. Kevin Lull, Val, 1:21.69.

100 FREESTYLE -- 1. Ty Mann-Schweigert, Sol, 52.13; 2. Bill Hutchings, West, 52.24; 3. Jake Bell, Hom, 52.39; 4. Seth Chavka, Sol, 53.65; 5. Daryl Wythe, Hom, 53.76; 6. Jesse Tapley, Ken, 54.34.

500 FREESTYLE -- 1. Luke Thomas, Val, 5:01.92; 2. Ben Kuhns, Hom, 5:24.64; 3. Sean Beecher, Cor, 5:26.50; 4. Andy Vait, Hom, 5:44.95; 5. Garrett Anderson, West, 6:21.18; 6. Chris Leahy, Val, 6:24.48.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Soldotna (Marey, Harrison, Mann-Scheigert, Sorrell), 1:34.52; 2. Homer, 1:35.47; 3. Valdez, 1:41.36; 4. West, 1:42.57; 5. Skyview 'B', 1:53.09; 6. Cordova, 1:55.38.

100 BACKSTROKE -- 1. Leo Grasso, Sol, 57.64; 2. J.D. Pault, Ken, 1:00.71; 3. Aladean Marey, Sol, 1:00.97; 4. Alex Park, Val, 1:01.03; 5. Luke Stocker, West, 1:02.28; 6. Mamey Smith, Hom, 1:04.01.

100 BREASTSTROKE -- 1. Nick Sorrel, Sol, 1:03.66; 2.Jacob Boulden, Sew, 1:06.23; 3. Clayton Harrison, Sol, 1:06.25; 4. Andy Vait, Hom, 1:10.39; 5. Devin Reiss, Val, 1:13.20; 6. Nick Hutchings, Hom, 1:13.27.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Soldotna 'A' (Grasso, Chavka, Mann-Schwigert, Sorrell), 3:36.16; 2. Valdez 'A', 3:42.95; 3. Homer, 3:44.20; 4. Valdez 'B', 4:30.07; 5. West, 4:50.31; 6. Soldotna 'B', 5:24.46.



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