Homer girls, boys triumph

Swimmers try to stay healthy as their workouts intensify

Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2005

 

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  Soldotna's Eve Green swims to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley event Friday afternoon during the Kenai Invitational. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Luke Baumer swims to a first-place finish Friday in the 50-yard freestyle during the Kenai Invitational.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

In about three weeks time, swimmers will laboriously climb out of the pool after taxing region races and it will be easy to pity them. Don't.

Now is the time to pity swimmers as they ramp up their training, stretching immune systems and tendons and muscles to the max. By the time regions roll around, the swimmers will have tapered off their workouts and their bodies will be at their strongest.

The toll of intense training was readily apparent Friday night at a quad swimming meet at Kenai Central High School, which was swept by the Homer girls and boys swim teams.

The Soldotna swim team was missing about one-third of their swimmers, mostly due to illness. Seward, Kenai Central and Homer also had a few kids affected by either injury or illness.

"This is typical," said Kenai Central coach Lee Moore, whose team just had its hardest week of practice. "The weather is changing and the kids are working extra hard so their immune system is down.

"I'd rather have this happen now than before regions and state, though."

Homer coach Andrew Foley said his teams were able to win the meet due to their depth. Even though there were four teams at the meet, the top six in every event scored points.

 

Soldotna's Eve Green swims to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley event Friday afternoon during the Kenai Invitational.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Homer's depth was especially useful in the girls meet. Jorden Greiner's victory in the 100-yard butterfly was the only individual victory by the Mariners, but Homer took two of the relays. The Mariners scored 174 points, while runner-up Soldotna had 103.

On the boys side, Homer grabbed five individual events and two relays. The Mariners had 165 points while runner-up Kenai Central had 93 points. Brian Ritchie won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly while Kevin Wythe won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Foley said the team has two more hard weeks before he starts letting off before regions.

"Every Thursday they do the same set," Foley said. "It's pretty mean. They hate it."

Kenai Central used the meet to honor seniors Madison Gifford, Kendra Remsen, Meggie Steinbeck, Luke Baumer and Landon Mishler.

"All those seniors are setting a good tone for the future by working very hard in the pool," Moore said. "It's good for the younger swimmers to see them working hard, then to see it pays off to work that hard."

The Kardinals received individual wins from Baumer in the 50 freestyle and from diver Andy Knowles. Baumer, who has had problems with asthma lately, said it was tough to swim his final home meet.

"I love this school," he said. "I've gotten to meet a lot of great people swimming for this team."

Even though Kenai Central is practicing hard, Hannah Watkins, Taylor Moore, Gifford, Christopher Hall and Adam DeMello were able to come through with personal bests. Amy Jahrig, who has made state the past two years, also made her return to the pool for Kenai after shoulder surgery. She finished fourth in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke.

The Soldotna swimmers that were well enough to enter the meet picked up five individual wins on the girls side. Lyla Marey won the 200 freestyle, Eve Green won the 200 individual medley, Jenni Stenga won the 50 freestyle, Sasha Porter won the diving and Marit Hartvigson won the 100 breaststroke.

Soldotna coach Sohail Marey said first-year swimmer Daniel Speegle is continuing to take an unusual number of seconds off of his 50 and 100 freestyle.

Seward also had a solid meet, taking five individual events. Jacqueline Van Driessche led the way while taking the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Also, Meghan O'Leary won the 500 freestyle, Kenny Audette won the 100 breaststroke and Jong Kim won the 200 individual medley.

Even though practices are hard, Seward coach Janet Van Driessche said all of her team members except for one were able to swim personal bests Friday.

"They all have goals and they take those goals very seriously," Van Driessche said. "They work hard every day to meet those girls."

Kenai Quad Meet

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Homer, 174; 2. Soldotna, 103; 3. Kenai Central, 52; 4. Seward, 43.

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY — 1. Soldotna (Hartvigson, Stenga, Green, Collet), 2 minutes, 3.28 seconds; 2. Homer, 2:03.44; 3. Kenai Central, 2:07.31; 4. Seward, 2:12.76; 5. Homer, 2:20.92; 6. Kenai Central, 2:33.82.

200 FREESTYLE — 1. Lyla Marey, Sol, 2:09.34; 2. Rhonwen Jennings, Hom, 2:17.58; 3. Elli Matkin, Hom, 2:20.72; 4. Allie Schoessler, Sol, 2:26.96; 5. Taylor Moore, Ken, 2:27.58; 6. Kate Miller, Hom, 2:33.21.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Eve Green, Sol, 2:19.97; 2. Meghan O'Leary, Sew, 2:28.38; 3. Jaclyn Arndt, Hom, 2:33.55; 4. Amy Fell, Hom, 2:39.92; 5. Molly Watkins, Ken, 2:55.36; 6. Jamie Dunn, Ken, 3:08.16.

50 FREESTYLE — 1. Jenni Stenga, Sol, 31.78; 2. Hannah Watkins, Ken, 32.15; 3. Alisha Friel, Sew, 32.36; 4. Lauren Bell, Hom, 32.63; 5. Hailey Strickon, Ken, 32.84; 6. Su Park, Sew, 33.25.

1-METER DIVING — 1. Sasha Porter, Sol, 206.40 points; 2. Tory Coursen, Sol, 163.00; 3. Nyssa Baechler, Hom, 127.75; 4. Nicky Collet, Sol, 126.90; 5. SonJa Beck, Hom, 122.25; 6. Emmy Olsen, Hom, 111.85.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Jorden Greiner, Hom; 2. Nicky Collet, Sol; 3. Deanna Andree, Hom, 1:05.86; 4. Jaclyn Arndt, Hom, 1:09.19; 5. Lee Yoo, Sew, 1:22.96; 6. Marit Hartvigson, Sol, 1:32.80.

100 FREESTYLE — 1. Jacqueline Van Driessche, Sew, 54.29; 2. Eve Green, Sol, 55.45; 3. Lauren Bell, Hom, 57.57; 4. Amy Jahrig, Ken, 1:02.39; 5. Rhonwen Jennings, Hom, 1:03.81; 6. Tory Coursen, Sol, 1:04.27.

500 FREESTYLE — 1. Meghan O'Leary, Sew, 5:51.64; 2. Lyla Marey, Sol, 5:53.21; 3. Madison Gifford, Ken, 6:12.87; 4. Elli Matkin, Hom, 6:31.41; 5. Allie Schoessler, Sol, 6:42.23; 6. Kyenna McKinstry, Hom, 6:42.49.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Homer (Bell, Greiner, McKinstry, Harrison), 1:46.81; 2. Kenai Central, 1:53.68; 3. Soldotna, 1:54.12; 4. Homer, 1:55.33; 5. Seward, 1:57.80; 6. Homer, 2:08.62.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Jacqueline Van Driessche, Sew, 1:01.12; 2. Deanna Andree, Hom, 1:08.53; 3. Amy Jahrig, Ken, 1:09.00; 4. Nyssa Baechler, Hom, 1:15.83; 5. Andrea West, Hom, 1:19.42; 6. Cerese McBee, Sol, 1:22.60.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Marit Hartvigson, Sol, 1:16.58; 2. Jenni Stenga, Sol, 1:17.39; 3. Molly Watkins, Ken, 1:19.54; 4. Grace Harrison, Hom, 1:22.22; 5. Jenna Grady, Hom, 1:27.11; 6. Hannah Watkins, Ken, 1:30.75.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Homer (Andree, Matkin, Arndt, Bell), 3:55.12; 2. Soldotna, 3:55.51; 3. Homer, 4:21.27; 4. Homer, 4:32.62; 5. Kenai Central, 5:20.46.

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Homer, 165; 2. Kenai Central, 93; 3. Soldotna, 65; 4. Seward, 23.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. Kenai Central (DeMello, Baumer, Hall, Mishler), 1:48.26; 2. Homer, 1:50.48; 3. Soldotna, 1:54.83; 4. Homer, 2:05.42; 5. Kenai Central, 2:09.66; 6. Soldotna, 2:18.53.

200 FREESTYLE — 1. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 1:57.28; 2. Lars Matkin, Hom, 1:58.70; 3. Sterling Gillon, Hom, 2:05.93; 4. Brian Moon, Ken, 2:30.30; 5. Ben Reaves, Sol, 2:41.35; 6. Chris McCown, Sol, 3:31.64.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Jong Kim, Sew, 2:10.63; 2. Christopher Hall, Ken, 2:14.64; 3. John Brenand-Sheffler, Hom, 2:17.37; 4. Keegan Birchfield, Sol, 2:18.66; 5. Anthony Augusto, Hom, 2:24.42; 6. Alex Sonnichsen, Ken, 2:42.64.

50 FREESTYLE — 1. Luke Baumer, Ken, 25.20; 2. Ben Phillips, Ken, 25.71; 3. Kenny Audette, Sew, 25.89; 4. Daniel Speegle, Sol, 26.70; 5. Isaac Chatham, Sol, 27.44; 6. Ronny Miller, Ken, 28.97.

1-METER DIVING — 1. Andy Knowles, Ken, 205.40; 2. Kevin Rigby, Sol, 166.20; 3. Tom Wyatt, Sol, 107.55; 4. Conner McCarthy, Hom, 93.85; 5. Ethan Martin, Hom, 84.20; 6. Trevor Kawffman, Sol, 42.45.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Brian Ritchie, hom, 56.74; 2. Christopher Hall, Ken, 57.46; 3. Anthony Augusto, Hom, 1:01.35; 4. Colin Dudley, Sol. 1:03.65; 5. Sterling Gillon, Hom, 1:05.86; 6. Zach Oakley, Sol, 1:09.19.

100 FREESTYLE — 1. Kevin Wythe, Hom, 51.14; 2. Jong Kim, Sew, 51.85; 3. Lars Matkin, Hom, 54.01; 4. Adam DeMello, Ken, 55.12; 5. Ben Phillips, Ken, 58.31; 6. Patrick Lane, Hom, 59.95.

500 FREESTYLE — 1. Wilfrid Roedl, Hom, 6:25.46; 2. Freddie John, Ken, 6:28.37; 3. Brian Moon, Ken, 6:29.15; 4. John Roedl, Hom, 6:29.84; 5. Ben Reaves, Sol, 7:18.36; 6. Jack Anderson, Hom, 7:54.09.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Homer (Brennand-Sheffler, Matkin, Lane, Augusto), 1:34.97; 2. Kenai Central, 1:58.64; 3. Soldotna, 2:02.29; 4. Homer, 2:05.67.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Kevin Wythe, Hom, 58.88; 2. Keegan Birchfield, Sol, 1:00.57; 3. John Brennand-Sheffler, Hom, 1:03.68; 4. Adam DeMello, Ken, 1:06.17; 5. Billy Ritchie, Ken, 1:15.83; 6. Craig Jameson, Ken, 1:32.87.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Kenny Audette, Sew, 1:11.68; 2. Wilfrid Roedl, Hom, 1:11.90; 3. Colin Dudley, Sol, 1:12.19; 4. Luke Baumer, Ken, 1:12.78; 5. Joe Decino, Hom, 1:15.49; 6. Forest Eissler, Sol, 1:19.84.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Homer (Ritchie, Gillon, Matkin, Augusto), 3:33.61; 2. Soldotna, 3:58.70; 3. Kenai Central, 4:14.20; 4. Homer, 4:21.04.



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