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Kenai’s Hall finishes 4th in butterfly

State meet inspires area swimmers to improve times for next season

Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2006

 

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  Soldotna's Nicky Collet performs a dive during the state swimming and diving championships in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) AL GRILLO

Kenai's Christopher Hall swims the boys' 100-yard butterfly during the state swimming and diving championships preliminaries in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday Nov. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

AL GRILLO

For some high school swimmers and divers, a trip to the state championships is a great way to cap a season and a career. For others, a taste of the best competition in the state only makes them hungrier to be back next year.

“I’ve never wanted to swim club more than I do right now,” said Soldotna’s Lyla Marey, referring to the off-season age-group swim teams on which most of the state’s top performers compete.

Marey was seventh in Saturday’s finals of the girls 100-yard freestyle at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Her finals time of 56.06 seconds was 58-hundredths of a second slower than the time she clocked in the preliminaries Friday.

“I’m kind of disappointed with my race. I got my best time (Friday), but today I felt really tired,” Marey said. “I tried as hard as I could, but I didn’t do as good.”

Marey, a junior, already was thinking about next year as she was drying off from her race.

“I want to get right into club swimming, and make it to state again,” Marey said.

 

Soldotna's Nicky Collet performs a dive during the state swimming and diving championships in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

AL GRILLO

For Christopher Hall, a senior at Kenai Central, spending the offseason swimming for a club team paid off. Hall was seventh in the boys 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.25, and fourth in the 100 butterfly in 54.99.

Hall said he swam last spring and over the summer with the Soldotna Silver Salmon swim club, which is coached by Soldotna High School coach Sohail Marey.

“Getting in shape helps, because then you can work on technique. A lot more work went into this year,” Hall said.

Making the finals in the 200 freestyle was a challenge, and the event winner, Kyle O’Brien of Juneau-Douglas, clocked a state-record time of 1:41.17.

“These meets are fun,” Hall said when asked about the competition. “You can learn a lot about yourself, how far you can go and what your limits are.”

The butterfly also was a close race, with 1.01 seconds separating first- and fourth-place. Hall started strong and held a small lead after the first 50 yards.

“I knew it was going to be close. I went out hard — that’s what I had to do to get first place — but I wasn’t able to hold on to it. There’s a lot of strong guys in there. It was a fun race, though,” Hall said.

One of the swimmers to slip past Hall was Homer’s Brian Ritchie, who took third in 54.46.

“I’m very happy. It’s the best time of my life,” said Ritchie, referring both to the digits on the clock and his enjoyment of the state meet.

Ritchie said he wasn’t aware of how close the race was while he was swimming.

“I’m just focused. It’s just me and the lane,” said Ritchie, a junior. “It was just a good swim I guess. It was a good race with a bunch of really good guys.”

Ritchie’s teammate, Lars Matkin, was fifth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.86, and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.65. Matkin, a junior, said he qualified for the state meet last year but didn’t make it to the finals, so making the finals this season was an improvement.

“We had pretty good times all around,” Matkin said. “I didn’t get my best times, but they weren’t that far off. Last year, I barely made it to state and didn’t make the finals, so it felt good to be up there. I learned some things for next season. I still have some learning to do. I missed the school record (in the breaststroke) by a little bit, but that gives me a goal (for next year). I still feel like it’s a race I don’t know how to swim yet.”

The Homer boys were fifth in the 400 freestyle relay, and the Homer girls, after being disqualified in the 200 medley relay finals, were sixth in the 200 freestyle relay and sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.

For Seward, Jong Kim, a senior, advanced to the finals of the boys 100 freestyle and placed seventh with a time of 51.85.

“I didn’t expect to go to the finals. I came in seventh and I was seeded seventh, so I’m pretty happy,” Kim said. “I gave it all that I’ve got, and that’s the best I could do.”

For Soldotna, Nicky Collet, a sophomore, made it to the finals in the girls diving competition. She finished eighth with a score of 256.60 after a failed dive in the final round of competition.

“I could’ve done better,” Collet said, adding that she would be working hard during the offseason to improve for next year.

In the team competition, the rest of the state found itself chasing the schools from Southeast. The Juneau-Douglas girls left the field in their wake, compiling 140 points to runner-up Service’s 75. Ketchikan was third with 66 points.

In the boys competition, Sitka took the championship with 85 points. East was second with 71, and Juneau-Douglas was third with 68.

Four new state records were set at the meet. In addition to O’Brien’s mark in the boys 200 freestyle, the Juneau-Douglas girls clocked a record time of 1:48.93 in the 200 medley relay. Service’s Jennifer rink set a record in the 100 backstroke of 58.02 — breaking the record of 58.40 set by Soldotna’s Abby Kiffmeyer in 2003 — and Elizabeth Jagusch of Ketchikan set a record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.61.

Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships

Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School, Anchorage

GIRLS

Team standings — 1. Juneau-Douglas, 140; 2. Service, 75; 3. Ketchikan, 66; 4. East, 64; 5. South Anchorage, 49; 6. Lathrop, 27; 7. Dimond, 25; 8. Colony, 20; 9. Petersburg, 19; 10. Homer, 12; Sitka, 12; 12. North Pole, 11; West Valley, 11; 14. Kodiak, 10; 15. Monroe Catholic, 5; 16. Soldotna, 3; 17. Chugiak, 2.

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY — 1. Juneau-Douglas, 1 minute, 48.93 seconds; 2. South Anchorage, 1:51.83; 3. East, 1:53.36; 4. Ketchikan, 1:54.43; 5. Lathrop, 1:55.74; 6. Petersburg, 1:57.10.

200 FREESTYLE — 1. Melissa Bogert, JD, 1:55.54; 2. Amanda Jones, JD, 1:55.85; 3. Hannah Iverson, Ser, 1:59.25; 4. Tessa Hasbrouck, Pet, 1:59.85; 5. Kirsten Adams, Ser, 1:59.93; 6. Sophie May, NP, 2:02.70.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Yana Garvey, Dim, 2:11.38; 2. Kristin Jones, JD, 2:12.34; 3. Elizabeth Jagusch, Ket, 2:13.70; 4. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 2:15.46; 5. Stephanie Hampton, WV, 2:15.87; 6. Monica Veit, SA, 2:17.51.

50 FREESTYLE — 1. Laura Miller, Ket, 23.82; 2. Sara Bogert, JD, 24.16; 3. Jennifer Rinker, Ser, 24.30; 4. Taylor Walker, Eas, 24.80; 5. Erin McDuffie, Ser, 25.11; 6. Jenna Ritecki, JD, 25.17.

1-METER DIVING — 1. Megan Morton, Dim, 438.40 points; 2. Melissa Wood, Lat, 367.15; 3. Laken Amberg, Eas, 360.15; 4. Emily Whitstine, Col, 353.00; 5. Allison Sharp, JD, 304.35; 6. Shereen Whitford, Col, 293.50.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Meghan Cavanaugh, Eas, 56.28; 2. Melissa Bogert, JD, 56.38; 3. Amanda Jones, JD, 59.72; 4. Amber Kelly, JD, 1:00.81; 5. Sarah Felix, JD, 1:01.06; 6. Staphanie Hampton, WV, 1:01.55.

100 FREESTYLE — 1. Laura Miller, Ket, 51.48; 2. Sara Bogert, JD, 52.01; 3. Taylor Walker, Eas, 54.51; 4. Kirsten Adams, Ser, 54.83; 5. Erin McDuffie, Ser, 55.30; 6. Julia Dicostanzo, JD, 55.43.

500 FREESTYLE — 1. Meghan Cavanaugh, Eas, 5:04.40; 2. Kristin Johnson, JD, 5:05.50; 3. Katelyn Payne, Col, 5:19.43; 4. Hannah Iverson, Ser, 5:19.67; 5. Amber Kelly, JD, 5:24.34; 6. Tssa Hasbrouck, Pet, 5:25.83.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Juneau-Douglas, 1:37.90; 2. Service, 1:39.35; 3. Ketchikan, 1:40.60; 4. South Anchorage, 1:42.21; 5. Sitka, 1:44.92; 6. Homer, 1:45.74.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Jennfier Rinker, Ser, 58.02; 2. Yana Garvey, Dim, 58.70; 3. Katelyn Payne, Col, 1:00.68; 4. Abbey Jackson, Pet, 1:01.95; 5. Kelly Brakora, Eas, 1:02.24; 6. Elizabeth Bennett, Mon, 1:03.20.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Elizabeth Jagusch, Ket, 1:05.61; 2. Ilaura Reeves, Lat, 1:07.65; 3. Meredith Uldrich, SA, 1:07.71; 4. Monica Veit, SA, 1:09.88; 5. Lia Heifetz, JD, 1:10.64; 6. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 1:10.72.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Juneau-Douglas, 3:35.92; 2. Service, 3:38.03; 3. East, 3:43.19; 4. Ketchikan, 3:44.99; 5. South Anchorage, 3:50.71; 6. Homer, 3:52.82.

BOYS

Team standings — 1. Sitka, 85; 2. East, 64; 3. Juneau-Douglas, 68; 4. Service, 2; 5. Dimond, 36; 6. Ketchikan, 31; 7. Wasilla, 30; 8. Lathrop, 28; 9. West, 24; 10. South Anchorage, 22; Homer, 22; 12. North Pole, 21; West Valley, 21; 14. Chugiak, 14; 15. Kodiak, 10; 16. Kenai, 7; 17. Eagle River, 5; 18. Bartlett, 2; Petersburg, 2; Seward, 2.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. Sitka, 1:38.93; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 1:40.36; 3. East, 1:42.76; 4. Service, 1:44.72; 5. Wasilla, 1:44.87; 6. Ketchikan, 1:44.93.

200 FREESTYLE — 1. Kyle O’Brien, JD, 1:41.17; 2. Wyatt Adams, Ser, 1:47.03; 3. Joseph Spann, NP, 1:47.06; 4. David Henry, Chu, 1:48.36; 5. Andy Otos, Ket, 1:49.04; 6. Charles Wholecheese, Eas, 1:50.70.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Caleb Severns, Lat, 1:55.38; 2. Josh Yoo, SA, 2:00.06; 3. Alex Dailey, Sit, 2:02.89; 4. Wil Fernandez, Was, 2:04.70; 5. Seth Cayce, JD, 2:06.07; 6. Cameron Gmehlin, Ser, 2:06.50.

50 FREESTYLE — 1. Aaron Heaslet, Eas, 22.35; 2. Andrew Wilson, Eas, 22.46; 3. Max Rosefigura, Wes, 22.56; 4. Eric Ferree, WV, 22.73; 5. Lars Matkin, Hom, 22.86; 6. Drew Vandermeer, WV, 22.97.

1-METER DIVING — 1. Ryan Borup, Ket, 476.65; 2. Sam White, NP, 405.65; 3. Brandon Blake, Eas, 383.95; 4. Robert Dieffenderfer, ER, 330.40; 5. James McDonald, Ser, 323.95; 6. Erin Hogan, Was, 320.05.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1. David Henry, Chu, 53.98; 2. Cody Brunette, JD, 54.24; 3. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 54.56; 4. Christopher Hall, Ken, 54.99; 5. Kwan-Jin Bloomfield, Dim, 55.16; 6. Ethan Wheat, Ser, 55.26.

100 FREESTYLE — 1. Kyle O’Brien, JD, 47.13; 2. Ben Adams, Sit, 48.05; 3. Joseph Spann, NP, 49.53; 4. Max Rosefigura, Wes, 49.55; 5. Nick Rutecki, JD, 50.27; 6. Kevin Tomera, Wes, 51.39.

500 FREESTYLE — 1. Wyatt Adams, Ser, 4:53.34; 2. Austin Hussong, Dim, 4:54.93; 3. Mathew Summers, Dim, 4:59.16; 4. Charles Wholecheese, Eas, 5:01.94; 5. Ethan Wheat, Ser, 5:02.23; 6. Korey Kinney, Dim, 5:02.85.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Sitka, 1:27.87; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 1:30.85; 3. East, 1:31.31; 4. West, 1:31.98; 5. West Valley, 1:32.43; 6. Lathrop, 1:33.35.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Caleb Stevens, Lat, 52.38; 2. Wil Fernandez, Was, 54.22; 3. Andy Otos, Ket, 54.40; 4. Cody Brunette, JD, 56.32; 5. Gavin McGowan, Sit, 57.66; 6. Drew Vandermeer, WV, 57.81.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Ben Campen, Sit, 1:00.07; 2. Josh Yoo, SA, 1:01.17; 3. Richie Sewat, Ket, 1:02.14; 4. Kwan-Jin Bloomfield, Dim, 1:02.20; 5. Lars Matkin, Hom, 1:02.65; 6. Keegan Severns, Lat, 1:04.12.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. Sitka, 3:18.18; 2. East, 3:20.50; 3. Service, 3:23.90; 4. Dimond, 3:28.04; 5. Homer, 3:28.16; 6. Wasilla, 3:28.34.



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