Homer swimmers notch sweep of SoHi

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006

 

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  Lyla Marey swims to a victory Friday in the 100-yard backstroke during a dual meet against Homer. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna freshman Randi Freestone swims to a win in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday against Homer.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

When a dual meet ends with a game of sharks and minnows, it’s usually an indication that a whole lot was not at stake.

Such was the case Friday night when Homer traveled to take on Soldotna. After the meet, the two teams got together to play the game where swimmers (the minnows) try to get from one side of the pool to the other without being brought to the surface by others swimmers (the sharks).

Both teams had their fun because with the Region III meet on the schedule for Friday and Saturday in Homer, there’ll be plenty of time for hard work and seriousness for the rest of the season.

The Mariners will have a shot to sweep the region meet at their own pool. Friday, the Homer girls defeated Soldotna 104-69, while the Homer boys notched an 88-86 victory over the Stars.

“It was a fun meet with Homer,” Soldotna coach Sohail Marey said. “They are definitely the powerhouse of the region this year. The girls are looking pretty good and the boys will compete with Wasilla for first place, with Kodiak a close third.”

 

Lyla Marey swims to a victory Friday in the 100-yard backstroke during a dual meet against Homer.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The dual meet against Homer was the lone meet of the year where the Soldotna swimmers were allowed to choose the events in which they competed. Three Stars were able to pick out a pair of events they won.

Lyla Marey won the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, Randi Freestone won the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and Colin Dudley won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Marey also said the following swimmers made good progress at the meet: Daniel SpeegleEvans, with a second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 200 individual medley; Mark Youngren, with a second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke; Michaela Shirnberg, with seconds in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle; and Sarah Rife, with a third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke.

“Our team is really young,” said Freestone, a freshman. “We don’t have any seniors, but all of our freshmen are getting really good, and the juniors and sophomores are doing a great job of helping.”

In the 500 freestyle, Freestone had the fourth-fastest seed time but pulled out the win.

“I chose to do that event because I wanted to improve my time,” Freestone said. “My shoulder sometimes hurts from swimming so much, and they were hurting during that race. I had to tell myself to forget about it and swim faster.”

Freestone had the second-fastest seed time in the 100 breaststroke but also was able to win that race.

Homer coach Thaddaeus Gunther said the relaxed atmosphere of the meet was just what his team needed right before regions. Gunther said some swimmers were put in events to allow them to settle grudge matches with other swimmers on their team. At Homer, Gunther likes to have swimmers try every event at least once, so other swimmers were put in events to complete their list. Others were brushing up for regions.

Gunther said one-third of his team missed practice on Tuesday due to illness. There was no school on Friday, so the swimmers were able to sleep in. The meet then started at 3 p.m. and was done in less than two hours, so the swimmers had plenty of additional time to rest.

“I think the kids are really looking forward to regions,” Gunther said. “They’ve been gearing up for it all year. They already are anxious to learn which events they will be swimming.”

Homer had three swimmers win multiple individual events. Lauren Bell won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly, Brian Ritchie won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Lars Matkin won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

Matkin said he had his fastest times in all the events he participated in, except for his leg of the 200 freestyle relay.

“There were some pretty good swims by our team today, but a lot of people were not as serious as they normally would have been,” Matkin said. “We’re still feeling pretty good heading into next week. We’re looking forward to having regions at home.”

Homer girls 104, Soldotna 69

200-yard medley relay — 1. Soldotna (Marey, Freestone, McBee, Collet), 2 minutes, 5.51 seconds; 2. Homer, 2:06.19; 3. Homer, 2:07.35.

200 freestyle — 1. Jaclyn Arndt, Hom, 2:11.06; 2. Grace Harrison, Hom, 2:11.91; 3. Jorden Greiner, Hom, 2:18.36.

200 individual medley — 1. Lauren Bell, Hom, 2:27.10; 2. Michaela Shirnberg, Sol, 2:38.02; 3. Lori Marrale, Hom, 2:57.41.

50 freestyle — 1. Saanti Steyer, Hom, 27.09; 2. Nyssa Baechler, Hom, 28.58; 3. Sarah Rife, Sol, 29.01.

Diving — 1. Nicky Collet, Sol, 159.10.

100 butterfly — 1. Lauren Bell, Hom, 1:05.13; 2. Cerese McBee, Sol, 1:13.90; 3. Jennifer Bitterman, Hom, 1:14.07.

100 freestyle — 1. Lyla Marey, Sol, 57.08; 2. Grace Harrison, Hom, 59.03; 3. Molly Warburton, Hom, 1:04.57.

500 freestyle — 1. Randi Freestone, Sol, 6:11.75; 2. Michaela Shirnberg, Sol, 6:13.30; 3. Sara Bitterman, Hom, 6:14.60.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Homer (Harrison, Bitterman, Greiner, Marrale), 1:53.52; 2. Homer, 1:55.11; 3. Soldotna, 2:00.58.

100 backstroke — 1. Lyla Marey, Sol, 1:06.55; 2. Saanti Steyer, Hom, 1:10.93; 3. Shelby Burgess, Hom, 1:13.90.

100 breaststroke — 1. Randi Freestone, Sol, 1:15.30; 2. Jennifer Bitterman, Hom, 1:15.86; 3. Jaclyn Arndt, Hom, 1:19.86.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Homer (Harrison, Steyer, Arndt, Greiner), 4:00.63; 2. Soldotna, 4:10.02; 3. Homer, 4:18.24.

Homer boys 88, Soldotna 86

200 medley relay — 1. Soldotna (Dudley, Eissler, Pugh, SpeegleEvans), 1:53.22; 2. Homer, 1:54.89; 3. Soldotna, 2:03.47.

200 freestyle — 1. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 1:56.98; 2. John Roedl, Hom, 2:04.41; 3. Garrett Byerley, Sol, 2:20.41.

200 individual medley — 1. Lars Matkin, Hom, 2:08.75; 2. Forrest Eissler, Sol, 2:23.01; 3. Daniel SpeegleEvans, Sol, 2:33.33.

50 freestyle — 1. Colin Dudley, Sol, 24.27; 2. Patrick Lane, Hom, 24.32; 3. Sterling Gillon, Hom, 24.84.

Diving — 1. Garrett Mayer, Sol, 206.50.

100 butterfly — 1. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 56.37; 2. Daniel SpeegleEvans, Sol, 1:05.67; 3. Garrett Byerley, Sol, 1:12.61.

100 freestyle — 1. Sterling Gillon, Hom, 55.69; 2. Michael Pugh, Sol, 58.92; 3. Brennan Palmer, Hom, 59.93.

500 freestyle — 1. John Roedl, Hom, 5:47.31; 2. Mark Youngren, Sol, 6:16.31; 3. Ben Reaves, Sol, 6:17.28.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Homer (Matkin, Lane, Gillon, Ritchie), 1:36.77; 2. Soldotna, 1:38.49; 3. Homer, 1:50.52.

100 backstroke — 1. Colin Dudley, Sol, 1:04.26; 2. Tyler Wentz, Hom, 1:09.48; 3. Ben Reaves, Sol, 1:12.52.

100 breaststroke — 1. Lars Matkin, Hom, 1:04.05; 2. Forrest Eissler, Sol, 1:11.72; 3. Mark Youngren, Sol, 1:12.58.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Homer (Ritchie, Simmons, Palmer, Roedl), 3:56.04; 2. Soldotna, 4:14.31; 3. Soldotna, 4:41.52.

Hall sets two school records at double dual

Kenai Central senior Christopher Hall set two school records at a double dual meet at Kenai also involving Seward and Skyview.

In the double dual format, a computer program is used to score the meet as if each of the three teams were swimming dual meets against each other. The Kenai boys defeated Seward 102-16 and Skyview 104-28, while the Skyview boys defeated Seward 52-20.

On the girls side, Kenai topped Seward 94-32 and Skyview 97-31, while Skyview defeated Seward 58-45.

Hall’s records came in the 200 and 500 freestyles. In the 200 freestyle, Hall finished in 1:50.91 to erase Lance Necessary’s 1996 mark of 1:54.10. In the 500 freestyle, Hall swam a 5:14.30 to delete Necessary’s 5:17.84. Hall now owns five individual school records, all of which he set this year, and is a part of the three relay records. Not bad for somebody who didn’t start swimming until after football season his freshman year.

The other competitors at the meet to pick up multiple individual victories were Seward’s Kenny Audette in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Seward’s Meghan O’Leary in the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle, Kenai’s Taylor Moore in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and Kenai’s Amy Jahrig in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.

Kenai Meet

Friday

at Kenai Central High School

GIRLS

Dual meet scores: Kenai 94, Seward 32; Kenai 97, Skyview 31; Skyview 58, Seward 45.

200 medley relay — 1. Kenai Central (Jahrig, H. Watkins, Moore, M. Watkins), 2:16.85; 2. Seward, 2:33.97; 3. Kenai Central, 2:37.71.

200 freestyle — 1. Molly Watkins, Ken, 2:27.75; 2. LeeAnn Magiera, Ken, 2:44.50; 3. Michaela Hutchison, Sky, 2:55.51; 4. Camiel Eberline, Sky, 3:12.52.

200 individual medley — 1. Amy Jahrig, Ken, 2:33.19; 2. Hannah Watkins, Ken, 3:02.77.

50 freestyle — 1. Taylor Moore, Ken, 28.80; 2. Anna Jumtina, Ken, 34.11; 3. Serena Melville, Sew, 35.09; 4. Kimberly Garrett, Sky, 35.74; 5. Rebecca Gilman, Ken, 36.81; 6. Sarah Barsis, Sky, 38.34.

100 butterfly — 1. Meghan O’Leary, Sew, 1:07.85.

100 freestyle — 1. Taylor Moore, Ken, 1:03.20; 2. Hannah Watkins, Ken, 1:10.00; 3. Michaela Hutchison, Sky, 1:15.18; 4. Hailey Strickon, Ken, 1:16.05; 5. Serena Melville, Sew, 1:24.35; 6. Sarah Barsis, Sky, 1:25.74.

500 freestyle — 1. Meghan O’Leary, Sew, 6:04.43; 2. Molly Watkins, Ken, 6:37.04; 3. Rebecca Gilman, Ken, 7:58.35.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Kenai Central (Strickon, Jumtina, Magiera, Gilman), 2:18.05; 2. Skyview, 2:29.83.

100 backstroke — 1. Amy Jahrig, Ken, 1:08.54; 2. Kimberly Garrett, Sky, 1:35.35; 3. Sierra Young, Sew, 1:38.51.

100 breaststroke — 1. Anna Jumtina, Ken, 1:29.00; 2. Molly Bryne, Sky, 1:39.15; 3. Hailey Strickon, Ken, 1:40.44; 4. Su Park, Sew, 1:40.84; 5. Katharina Krischok, Sew, 2:00.72; 6. Cristy Matthews, Sky, 2:54.81.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kenai Central (Moore, H. Watkins, M. Watkins, Jahrig), 4:26.01; 2. Skyview, 5:58.60.

BOYS

Dual meet scores: Kenai 102, Seward 16; Kenai 104, Skyview 28; Skyview 52, Seward 20.

200 medley relay — 1. Kenai Central (Sonnichsen, John, Ritchie, Phillips), 2:02.58; 2. Skyview, 2:07.56.

200 freestyle — 1. Christopher Hall, Ken, 1:50.91; 2. Alex Sonnichsen, Ken, 2:15.51; 3. Jared Penning, Sky, 2:43.04.

200 individual medley — 1. Freddie John, Ken, 2:36.71; 2. Brian Moon, Ken, 3:04.52.

50 freestyle — 1. Kenny Audette, Sew, 24.99; 2. Dylan Wannamaker, Ken, 25.30; 3. Anders Nyquist, Ken, 25.71; 4. Colin Murray, Sky, 26.13; 5. Kelly Skipwith, Sky, 27.68; 6. Ronald Miller, Ken, 27.74.

100 butterfly — 1. Billy Ritchie, Ken, 1:03.16; 2. Anders Nyquist, Ken, 1:04.97; 3. Taylor Seavey, Sew, 1:10.61; 4. Kelly Skipwith, Sky, 1:14.04; 5. Brian Moon, Ken, 1:29.42.

100 freestyle — 1. Ben Phillips, Ken, 56.83; 2. Colin Murray, Sky, 57.33; 3. Freddie John, Ken, 1:00.79; 4. Ronald Miller, Ken, 1:03.77.

500 freestyle — 1. Christopher Hall, Ken, 5:14.30; 2. Jared Penning, Sky, 7:37.45.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Kenai Central (Hall, Wannamaker, Phillips, Nyquist), 1:41.71; 2. Kenai Central, 1:50.98; 3. Skyview, 1:52.83.

100 backstroke — 1. Dylan Wannamaker, Ken, 1:02.53; 2. Billy Ritchie, Ken, 1:08.01; 3. Alec Woodvine, Sky, 1:53.37.

100 breaststroke — 1. Kenny Audette, Sew, 1:07.34; 2. Ben Phillips, Ken, 1:14.36.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Kenai Central (Hall, John, Wannamaker, Nyquist), 3:49.58.



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