Hall, Franquelin win SoHi Pentathlon

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006

 

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  Soldotna's Lyla Marey competes in the 50-yard breaststroke Friday during the SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Chris Hall swims the 50-yard backstroke event Friday night at the SoHi Pentathlon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Hard work leads to improvement was the moral of the story at this year’s SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School.

The boys title was won by Kenai Central senior Christopher Hall, who had finished ninth at last year’s Pentathlon. Naomi Franquelin, a Kodiak junior who had finished fifth as a sophomore, won the girls title.

The Homer girls edged Kodiak, 52-50, for the girls team title while the Wasilla boys scored 38 points to defeat runner-up Seward by 10 points for the team crown.

At the Pentathlon, each swimmer competes in the 100 individual medley, the 50 butterfly, the 50 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle. The times in all five of those events are added up to determine the swimmer’s placement.

Hall won the 100 IM, the 50 fly and the 50 free to total 2 minutes, 45.64 seconds. Wasilla senior Wil Fernandez, who finished 11th last year, won the 50 back and finished second at 2:50.80.

“He’s crazy fast,” Fernandez said of Hall. “He’s improved so much since last year.”

 

Soldotna's Lyla Marey competes in the 50-yard breaststroke Friday during the SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna junior Colin Dudley, who moved from sixth last year to third this year with a total time of 2:51.94, had a front seat to watch just how Hall had improved so much.

Both Dudley and Hall swam this summer with Soldotna coach Sohail Marey.

“He’s been working hard all year,” Dudley said of Hall. “He deserves it.”

Hall said this is the first year he has made swimming a full-time sport.

“It’s been a fun year,” he said. “The times are dropping.”

The Kenai senior said he always looks forward to the Pentathlon because of its unique format. In cross-country skiing, Hall said he enjoys competing against everyone in the same race.

“A lot of times in swimming, you’re just competing against a couple of guys,” Hall said. “In this event, you’re competing against everybody in the region in every race.”

The improvement of Fernandez also can be chalked up to hard work. As a junior, Fernandez saw his 100 backstroke time drop three seconds at regions and another second at state.

“That’s when I started realizing I had a chance to be pretty good at this,” he said. “I decided to get serious.”

This year Wasilla has been swimming in the morning and evening, and doing dry-land training in the evening, and it paid off with the team title.

Fernandez said the only sour note of the evening came with the disqualification of Homer’s Lars Matkin. Matkin was penalized for improper technique during the breaststroke.

“He probably would have beaten me,” Fernandez said. “It’s nice to get second, but it’s not nice to get second because somebody else was disqualified.”

Matkin’s mistake also allowed Dudley to move up and grab one of the blue towels awarded to the top three finishers.

“He surprised himself,” Marey said of Dudley. “He knew he would have been in the top six, and possibly the top five.”

Franquelin battled with Colony freshman Katelyn Payne for the girls title. Franquelin won the 100 IM and the 50 breaststroke, while Payne took the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle.

The two were within a second of each other in every race except for the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke. Payne defeated Franquelin in the 50 backstroke by about three seconds, while Franquelin defeated Payne in the 50 breaststroke by 3.40 seconds.

Franquelin won with a total time of 3:05.93, .44 seconds better than Payne. Kodiak freshman Kyla Young was third, and also finished fourth in the Class 4A race at the Region III Cross Country Championships at Nikiski on Saturday.

“It was really close,” Franquelin said. “I beat her by a little more in the breaststroke, but it still came down to the last race.”

Franquelin gave credit to her coach, John Lindquist, for working the team hard in practice and pumping her up before every race.

Payne, a backstroke and distance swimmer, said she enjoyed her first Pentathlon, but might make one change.

“I probably wish it was a lot of 100s and 200s, instead of 50s,” she said.

One of the most impressive team performances at the meet was turned in by Seward. With just nine swimmers, the Seahawks finished fourth in the girls team standings and second in the boys team standings. Meghan O’Leary was fifth for the Seward girls, while Jong Kim was fourth and Kenny Audette sixth for the boys. Audette won the 50 breaststroke.

Kodiak girls, Wasilla boys tops at SoHi meet

Soldotna High School hosted Kodiak, Colony, Palmer and Wasilla for a swimming and diving meet Saturday. Kodiak edged the Stars for first place in the girls competition, and Wasilla won the boys competition.

SoHi Quad Meet

Saturday at Soldotna

GIRLS

Team results — 1. Kodiak, 84; 2. Soldotna, 79; 3. Colony, 78; 4. Palmer, 55; 5. Wasilla, 33.

200-yard medley relay — 1. Kodiak, 2:01.50; 2. Soldotna, 2:07.70; 3. Colony, 2:10.35; 4. Palmer, 2:15.71.

200 freestyle — 1. Katelyn Payne, Col, 2:03.06; 2. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 2:03.10; 3. Randi Freestone, Sol, 2:22.00; 4. Lindsey Miller, Was, 2:23.77.

200 individual medley — 1. Naomi Beck-Goodell, Kod, 1:45.69; 2. Lisa Stockton, Pal, 2:04.59; 3. Caitlen Crombie, Col, 2:14.87; 4. Katie Nelson, Col, 2:25.41.

50 freestyle — 1. Caity Stigen, Was, 27.09; 2. Mariel Ellingson, Kod, 27.17; 3. Melody Mileur, Pal, 28.24; 4. Brandi Day, Pal, 28.37.

1-meter diving — 1. Emily Whitstine, Col, 372.40 points; 2. Shereen Whitford, Col, 329.70; 3. Sasha Smith, Kod, 294.40; 4. Suzanna Whitford, Col, 253.10.

100 butterfly — 1. Katelyn Payne, Col, 1:04.24; 2. Naomi Beck-Goodell, Kod, 1:05.30; 3. Nicky Collet, Sol, 1:13.10; 4. Cerese McBee, Sol, 1:14.77.

100 freestyle — 1. Lyla Marey, Sol, 57.60; 2. Caity Stigen, Was, 58.85; 3. Mariel Ellingson, Kod, 59.93; 4. Sarah Rife, Sol, 1:06.48.

500 freestyle — 1. Karen Philpot, Kod, 5:41.96; 2. Lindsey Miller, Was, 6:16.93; 3. Michaela Shirnberg, Sol, 6:26.46; 4. Caitlen Crombie, Col, 6:27.32.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Colony, 1:56.48; 2. Soldotna, 2:01.63; 3. Kodiak, 2:03.28; 4. Palmer, 2:03.42.

100 backstroke — 1. Lyla Marey, Sol, 1:06.87; 2. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 1:08.57; 3. Lisa Evans, Sol, 1:28.37; 4. Daria Preston, Pal, 1:31.14.

100 breaststroke — 1. Brandi Day, Pal, 1:17.93; 2. Randi Freestone, Sol, 1:19.44; 3. Ilsa Schwarzburg, Was, 1:22.68; 4. Melody Mileur, Pal, 1:23.29.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak, 3:58.16; 2. Palmer, 4:09.29; 3. Soldotna, 4:13.33; 4. Wasilla, 4:26.00.

BOYS

Team results — 1. Wasilla, 120; 2. Kodiak, 98; 3. Soldotna, 67; 4. Colony, 33; 5. Palmer, 12.

200 medley relay — 1. Wasilla, 1:48.45; 2. Kodiak, 1:53.57; 2. (tie) Soldotna, 1:53.57; 4. Soldotna, 2:02.73.

200 freestyle — 1. Wil Fernandez, Was, 1:57.24; 2. Eric Priccero, Kod, 1:57.44; 3. Christian Long, Was, 2:01.58; 4. Clayton Schauff, Kod, 2:03.64.

200 individual medley — 1. Tommy Hightower, Was, 2:14.71; 2. Chris Paulson, Kod, 2:19.81; 3. Jeff Frey, Col, 2:27.25; 4. Forest Eissler, Sol, 2:27.58.

50 freestyle — 1. Colin Dudley, Sol, 23.66; 2. Daniel SpeegleEvans, Sol, 24.85; 3. Max Merriman, Was, 25.04; 4. Chad Chapman, Kod, 25.32.

1-meter diving — 1. Erin Hogan, Was, 338.40; 2. Ryan Hogan, Was, 291.65; 3. Cody Vetter, Col, 291.65; 4. Tim Schachle, Col, 266.40.

100 butterfly — 1. Wil Fernandez, Was, 58,22; 2. Colin Dudley, Sol, 59.68; 3. Clayton Schauff, Kod, 1:01.26; 4. Charles Frey, Was, 1:03.85.

100 freestyle — 1. Tommy Hightower, Was, 53.77; 2. Daniel SpeegleEvans, Sol, 56.06; 3. Hayden Linscheid, Kod, 56.88; 4. Rhowe Stefanski, Col, 57.39.

500 freestyle — Christian Long, Was, 5:27.87; 2. Quinn Langfitt, Kod, 5:53.10; 3. Todd Fife, Was, 6:33.36; 4. Ben Reaves, Sol, 6:37.62.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak, 1:40.36; 2. Soldotna, 1:42.07; 3. Wasilla, 1:43.67; 4. Colony, 1:46.96.

100 backstroke — 1. Charles Frey, Was, 1:01.58; 2. Eric Priccero, Kod, 1:03.16; 3. Scott Pezzini, Was, 1:13.44; 4. Colton Nutter, Col, 1:16.54.

100 breaststroke — 1. Chris Paulson, Kod, 1:09.21; 2. Forest Eissler, Sol, 1:10.69; 3. Max Merriman, Was, 1:11.27; 4. Kyle Johnson, Pal, 1:12.26.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kodiak, 3:34.75; 2. Wasilla, 3:35.47; 3. Kodiak, 3:54.35; 4. Soldotna, 4:09.26.

Soldotna Pentathlon

Friday

at Soldotna High School

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Homer, 52; 2. Kodiak, 50; 3. Colony, 17; 4. Seward, 14; 5. Soldotna, 13; 6. Wasilla, 5; 7. Kenai Central, 4.

Swimmer, school 100 IM 50 fly 50 back 50 breast 50 free Total

1. Naomi Franquelin, Kod 1:04.35 29.22 32.19 33.60 26.57 3:05.93

2. Katelyn Payne, Col 1:04.88 29.05 29.21 37.00 26.23 3:06.37

3. Kyla Young, Kod 1:06.48 28.98 33.42 34.13 27.22 3:10.23

4. Lauren Bell, Hom 1:07.12 28.60 31.49 37.16 26.24 3:10.61

5. Meghan O’Leary, Sew 1:07.38 29.62 30.92 36.59 26.58 3:11.09

6. Lyla Marey, Sol 1:07.23 29.49 30.38 37.92 26.32 3:11.34

7. Jorden Greiner, Hom 1:09.12 29.92 31.74 36.62 27.53 3:14.93

8. Jaclyn Arndt, Hom 1:08.27 30.06 33.33 36.97 28.54 3:17.17

9. Grace Harrison, Hom 1:08.45 30.53 33.99 37.03 27.43 3:17.43

10. Karen Philpot, Kod 1:09.22 32.60 31.94 37.91 28.13 3:19.80

11. Naomi Beck-Goodell, Kod 1:09.47 29.97 35.66 37.01 28.19 3:20.30

12. Caity Stigen, Was 1:12.16 29.63 32.59 38.98 27.01 3:20.37

13. Amy Jahrig, Ken 1:10.50 32.36 31.16 38.25 29.80 3:22.07

14. Jennifer Bitterman, Hom 1:10.21 32.44 35.62 35.75 29.19 3:23.21

15. Saanti Steyer, Hom 1:12.00 31.90 34.00 41.01 27.41 3:26.32

16. Mariel Ellingson, Kod 1:11.41 31.42 38.10 37.70 27.87 3:26.50

17. Brandi Day, Pal 1:13.08 32.94 35.17 37.21 28.84 3:27.24

18. Michaela Shirnberg, Sol 1:13.31 33.38 35.15 38.01 29.65 3:29.50

19. Nyssa Baechler, Hom 1:14.01 32.85 34.92 40.79 28.38 3:30.95

20. Nicky Collet, Sol 1:15.31 31.59 34.02 41.47 29.28 3:31.67

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Wasilla, 38; 2. Seward, 28; 3 (tie). Kenai Central, Homer, 25; 5. Soldotna, 23; 6. Kodiak, 16.

Swimmer, school 100 IM 50 fly 50 back 50 breast 50 free Total

1. Christopher Hall, Ken 58.70 24.26 26.77 32.61 23.30 2:45.64

2. Wil Fernandez, Was 59.95 26.11 26.51 33.48 24.75 2:50.80

3. Colin Dudley, Sol 1:00.14 26.42 28.18 32.91 24.29 2:51.94

4. Jong Kim, Sew 1:01.13 26.42 28.61 32.61 24.22 2:52.99

5. Brian Ritchie, Hom 1:00.90 26.42 31.59 32.10 24.89 2:55.90

6. Kenny Audette, Sew 1:02.19 28.41 31.34 30.91 24.78 2:57.63

7. Tommy Hightower, Was 1:03.24 26.52 29.07 35.54 24.88 2:59.25

8. Dakota Zellin, Hom 1:02.85 29.48 29.80 32.91 24.71 2:59.75

9. Eric Friccero, Kod 1:03.11 29.66 29.66 34.35 23.90 3:00.68

10. Charles Frey, Was 1:04.18 28.02 28.85 34.93 24.85 3:00.83

11. Chris Paulson, Kod 1:04.96 28.70 32.83 31.78 24.98 3:03.25

12. Dylan Wannamaker, Ken 1:04.39 28.32 29.24 35.86 25.83 3:03.64

13. Forrest Eissler, Sol 1:05.41 28.37 31.59 32.64 26.12 3:04.13

14. Daniel SpeegleEvans, Sol 1:06.25 27.47 30.32 36.23 25.06 3:05.33

15. Christian Long, Was 1:04.39 29.95 30.35 35.59 26.13 3:06.41

16. Mitch Chapman 1:06.69 29.51 32.64 33.18 25.29 3:07.31

17. David Psenak, Pal 1:06.73 30.87 31.68 33.69 25.47 3:08.44

18. John Roedl, Hom 1:07.02 29.74 31.05 36.84 25.96 3:10.61

19. Max Marriam, Was 1:06.04 33.81 33.18 32.35 25.48 3:10.86

20. Patrick Lane, Hom 1:07.80 27.92 33.56 37.09 25.08 3:11.45



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