Mishler claims state

Kenai senior closes career with 50 free title

Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2005

 

  Kenai's Landon Michler, front, races Juneau Douglas' Kyle O'Brien as they swim in the boys 100-yard freestyle race of the State Swimining and Diving Championship in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. Michler finished second with O'Brien finishing first. (AP hoto/Al Grillo) AL GRILLO

Kenai's Landon Michler, front, races Juneau Douglas' Kyle O'Brien as they swim in the boys 100-yard freestyle race of the State Swimining and Diving Championship in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. Michler finished second with O'Brien finishing first. (AP hoto/Al Grillo)

AL GRILLO

A state championship isn't a bad way to cap a career.

"I'm feeling pretty good. It's been a good last meet for high school," said Kenai Central's Landon Mishler after claiming first place on the boys 50-yard freestyle Saturday at the state swimming and diving championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Mishler also claimed second place in the 100 freestyle and anchored a pair of relay teams for the Kardinals. Mishler was joined by Adam DeMello, Luke Baumer and Christopher Hall on the 200 medley relay team that finished seventh and the 200 freestyle relay team that finished eighth.

"We took a relay team to state, which is something we hadn't done in quite a while," Mishler said. "It was a lot more fun this year because we actually brought a relay team to state."

That quartet finished the season with school records in all three relay events.

"Our relay team is really close. We have a lot of fun together," DeMello said. "We had a great year. We take a lot of pride in that."

Mishler also said it was fun to post some fast times. The Kenai senior won the 50 freestyle in 22.13 seconds — after posting a 21.85 in Friday's preliminaries — and was just 57 hundredths of a second behind the winner in the 100 freestyle, clocking a 48.29.

Mishler said he thought he'd be able to go a little faster in the 50 freestyle and had his sights set on breaking 21 seconds, but was thrilled with his race nonetheless.

"They were my best times by quite a bit, so I can't really complain about anything," Mishler said.

While Mishler and his Kenai teammates were thrilled with their fast finish, Soldotna's Eve Green was disappointed in her performance after finishing sixth in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.31 and fifth in the 100 freestyle in 55.13.

"I was hoping to get in the top three in both events, I know I'm capable of doing that, just not today, I guess," said Green, a senior. "It was kind of a bummer to end things like that."

Green said she didn't know why her times weren't where she wanted them to be, whether it was a mental barrier or some part of her training.

"I just think that this swim season, I didn't put as much into it as I have in the past," Green said.

Green said she'll stay in shape with her club team over the winter. She's not sure if she wants to swim in college but will keep her options open.

Soldotna's Sasha Porter finished fourth in the girls 1-meter diving competition this year after placing second last year, but after a failed dive in the preliminary round, was happy just to make the finals.

"I started eighth (in the finals) and came all the way back to fourth," Porter said. "... I got second last year, but I'll take fourth. I get to stay on the podium."

Porter's failed dive was a reverse one and a half, a dive she said was solid for her to start the season but one that hasn't been so great recently.

Porter said she wasn't even sure she would make the finals.

"I was pretty nervous. I kind of broke down a little, but once I made it I tried to pull it together and do what I could," Porter said.

Porter said her best dive of the competition was a reverse dive.

"It wasn't my favorite, but I've been nailing it," Porter said.

Tory Coursen also finished on a down note for the Stars. Coursen made the finals in the girls diving competition but failed her final dive to finish eighth.

"That was my fault. I kind of just had a brain cramp when I was in the air. It still stinks, but that's the way it goes," Coursen said.

Indeed, Coursen took the setback in stride, climbing out of the pool and striking a pose for the crowd after her big splash.

"I made the finals this year, that was exciting. ... I love diving, and competition is the always best part. It's the last meet of the season, and I just tried to have fun," Coursen said.

The Homer Mariners had just one swimmer make the podium an individual event — Kevin Wythe was third in the boys 200 individual medley — but the Mariners fared well in the relays. The quartet of Deannie Andree, Lauren Bell, Kyenna McKinstry and Grace Harrison placed fifth in the girls 200 freestyle relay, shaving a second off their seed time. Andree, Elli Matkin, Jaclyn Arndt and Bell were sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Homer boys team of John Brennand-Sheffler, Lars Matkin, Patrick Lane and Anthony Augusto was third in the 200 freestyle relay, taking more than two seconds of their seed time to finish in 1:31.70. Brian Ritchie replaced Lane for the 400 freestyle relay and the Mariners finished fifth in 3:24.40, more than three seconds better than their seed time.

Seward's Jacqueline Van Driessche finished her high school career with a pair of personal best times, and while she wasn't able to win a state title after taking one in each of the past two seasons, she was happy with her second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (24.28) and the 100 backstroke (59.90).

"I got two personal bests and an All-America consideration (in the 50 freestyle), so it was a pretty good meet," Van Driessche said.

Van Driessche said it was great to have teammates at the meet as Jong Kim and Kenny Audette qualified for the meet, though they did not advance to the finals. Seward was even able to put together relay teams for the region meet, something it had not been able to do over the past few seasons.

"We've been able to get more people interested in swimming. We have some up-and-coming freshmen, and Jong Kim will be back for his senior year.

"It's been a great four years, and I wish everybody luck," Van Driessche said.

A pair of Kardinals, Hall and Amy Jahrig, made the finals in their individual events but did not place. Still, both were happy with their performances.

Jahrig made the finals in the girls 100 backstroke after swimming for just 4 1/2 weeks this season. Jahrig had shoulder surgery in March and was doing physical therapy until rejoining the team last month. She finished eighth in 1:05.68.

"I feel very good about what I've accomplished this year," Jahrig, a junior, said. "I have one more year. It's given me a lot of motivation when I look at how I did this year. If I can get in a whole year, I can do really good."

"I'm real pleased. It's my first year getting to state. I definitely want to keep swimming and hopefully get closer to the top next year," Hall said after placing eighth in the 100 butterfly (57.53).

While relay teammates Baumer and Mishler will graduate this year, Hall and DeMello will be back next season.

"We're just getting better. I'm looking forward to being in the finals next year," DeMello said. "I just want to be the best swimmer I can be."

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

Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School, Anchorage

GIRLS

Team results — 1. Juneau-Douglas, 101.5; 2. South Anchorage, 70; 3. East, 69; (tie) Service, 69; 5. Ketchikan, 52; 6. Dimond, 25; 7. West Valley, 16; 8. Homer, 16; 9. Wasilla, 15; 10. Seward, 14; 11. Soldotna, 13; (tie) Kodiak, 13; 13. Petersburg, 12; 14. Lathrop, 11; 15. Eagle River, 9; 16. Colony, 8.5; 17. North Pole, 7; 18. West, 5; 19. Chugiak, 4; 20. Monroe Catholic, 2; (tie) Sitka, 2; 22. Kenai Central, 1.

200-yard medley relay — 1. South Anchorage, 1 minute, 51.40 seconds; 2. East, 1:51.82; 3. Juneadu-Douglas, 1:52.67; 4. Ketchikan, 1:52.79; 5. Petersburg, 1:55.71; 6. West Valley, 1:57.17.

200 freestyle — 1. Meghan Cavanaugh, Eas, 1:52.17; 2. Laura Miller, Ket, 1:52.20; 3. Jennifer Rinker, Ser, 1:55.75; 4. Melissa Bogert, JD, 1:58.57; 5. Adrianna Dietrich, WV, 1:59.18; 6. Eve Green, Sol, 2:00.31.

200 individual medley — 1. Kristin Jones, JD, 2:13.61; 2. Stephanie Hampton, WV, 2:13.74; 3. Elizabeth Jagusch, Ket, 2:14.54; 4. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 2:15.65; 5. Amanda Jones, JD, 2:17.29; 6. Dana Bye, SA, 2:17.69.

50 freestyle — 1. Genny Konicke, Ser, 23.94; 2. Jacqueline Van Driessche, Sew, 24.28; 3. Katie Fritcher, SA, 24.35; 4. Meredith Uldrich, SA, 24.70; 5. Taylor Walker, Eas, 24.78; 6. Julia Dicostanzo, JD, 25.32.

1-meter diving — 1. Chelsea Ray, Dim, 413.25; 2. Megan Morton, Dim, 411.65; 3. Emily Whitstine, Col, 348.60; 4. Sasha Porter, Sol, 333.70; 5. Caitlin Moore, Eas, 305.30; 6. Shereen Whitford, Col, 275.90; (tie) Tanya Trucano, JD, 275.90.

100 butterfly — 1. Meghan Cavanaugh, Eas, 56.49; 2. Genny Konicke, Ser, 57.39; 3. Melissa Bogert, JD, 57.56; 4. Amber Kelly, JD, 1:00.93; 5. Claire Woster, NP, 1:01.41; 6. Amanda Jones, JD, 1:01.85.

100 freestyle — 1. Laura Miller, Ket, 51.40; 2. Katie Fritcher, SA, 52.76; 3. Sara Bogert, JD, 53.69; 4. Adrianna Dietrich, WV, 54.34; 5. Eve Green, Sol, 55.13; 6. Julie Dicostanzo, JD, 55.41.

500 freestyle — 1. Laura Smith, Dim, 5:19.35; 2. Rachel Roberts, ER, 5:21.15; 3. Amber Kelly, JD, 5:26.32; 4. Nancy Long, Was, 5:26.85; 5. Naomi Franquelin, Kod, 5:31.48; 6. Ariel Hyams, Wes, 5:33.97.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Service, 1:39.05; 2. South Anchorage, 1:39.46; 3. Juneau-Douglas, 1:39.87; 4. Ketchikan, 1:41.80; 5. Homer (Deannie Andree, Lauren Bell, Kyenna McKinstry, Grace Harrison), 1:41.86; 6. East, 1:42.37.

100 backstroke — 1. Jennifer Rinker, Ser, 59.29; 2. Jacqueline Van Driessche, Sew, 59.90; 3. Sara Bogert, JD, 1:00.85; 4. Dana Bye, SA, 1:01.40; 5. Kelly Brakora, Eas, 1:01.54; 6. Abbey Jackson, Pet, 1:03.33.

100 breaststroke — 1. Elizabeth Jagusch, Ket, 1:06.40; 2. Meredith Uldrich, SA, 1:09.40; 3. Michal Wilson, Eas, 1:10.02; 4. Monica Veit, SA, 1:10.09; 5. Lia Heifetz, JD, 1:10.31; 6. Stephanie Hampton, WV, 1:10.86.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Service, 3:34.69; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 3:39.15; 3. East, 3:48.63; 4. Wasilla, 3:50.63; 5. Dimond, 3:50.69; 6. Homer (Deannie Andree, Elli Matkin, Jaclyn Arndt, Lauren Bell), 3:50.91.

BOYS

Team standings — 1. Sitka, 85; 2. East, 55; 3. Lathrop, 52; (tie) Juneau-Douglas, 52; 5. South Anchorage, 51; 6. Homer, 38; 7. Ketchikan, 32; 8. Kodiak, 31; 9. North Pole, 27; 10. West Valley, 23; (tie) Kenai Central, 23; 12. Wasilla, 18; 13. West, 16; 14. Dimond, 10; (tie) Service, 10; 16. Pacific Northern, 9; 17. Chugiak, 8; 18. Craig, 6; (tie) Eagle River, 6; 20. Cordova, 3.

200 medley relay — 1. Sitka, 1:41.26; 2. Lathrop, 1:41.55; 3. South Anchorage, 1:42.95; 4. Juneau-Douglas, 1:43.02; 5. Ketchikan, 1:43.90; 6. West Valley, 1:44.46.

200 freestyle — 1. Kyle O'Brien, JD, 1:42.83; 2. Scott Woster, NP, 1:45.20; 3. Ryan Bateman, Kod, 1:47.18; 4. Josh Yoo, SA, 1:49.21; 5. James Bowden, ER, 1:49.61; 6. Cody Roberts, WV, 1:49.93.

200 individual medley — 1. Caleb Severns, Lat, 1:56.61; 2. Bret Bye, SA, 2:00.56; 3. Kevin Wythe, Hom, 2:01.30; 4. Alex Dailey, Sit, 2:05.41; 5. Matt Josephson, JD, 2:05.83; 6. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 2:10.65.

50 freestyle — 1. Landon Mishler, Ken, 22.13; 2. Ben Adams, Sit, 22.40; 3. Andrew Wilson, Eas, 22.63; 4. Karl Chaudhary, Ket, 22.95; 5. Jeremy Zimmer, Kod, 22.96; 6. Max Rosefigura, Wes, 23.00.

1-meter diving — 1. David Arlington, PNA, 511.10; 2. Ryan Borup, Ket, 438.55; 3. Matthew Arb, Ser, 398.40; 4. Sam White, NP, 357.30; 5. Logan Wahle, SA, 323.05; 6. Brandon Baker, Eas, 322.85.

100 butterfly — 1. Scott Woster, NP, 52.92; 2. Cody Roberts, WV, 53.53; 3. Ben Harris, Was, 54.86; 4. Brian Ritchie, Hom, 54.95; 5. Christian Reiss, Lat, 55.95; 6. Tolga Tolkman, Sit, 55.97.

100 freestyle — 1. Kyle O'Brien, JD, 47.72; 2. Landon Mishler, Ken, 48.29; 3. Aaron Heaslet, Eas, 48.90; 4. Ben Adams, Sit, 49.11; 5. Andrew Wilson, Eas, 50.18; 6. Max Rosefigura, Wes, 50.23.

500 freestyle — 1. Ryan Bateman, Kod, 4:52.57; 2. Andy Otos, Ket, 5:00.30; 3. David Henry, Col, 5:00.58; 4. Ben Steyer, Lat, 5:03.42; 5. Ethan Wheat, Ser, 5:14.55; 6. Austin Hussong, Dim, 5:16.37.

200 freestyle relay — 1. East, 1:30.51; 2. Sitka, 1:31.54; 3. Homer (John Brennand-Sheffler, Lars Matkin, Patrick Lane, Anthony Augusto), 1:31.70; 4. Latrhop, 1:31.97; 5. West, 1:32.89; 6. Kodiak, 1:33.05.

100 backstroke — 1. Claeb Severns, Lat, 52.66; 2. Wil Fernandez, Was, 55.99; 3. Tolga Tolkman, Sit, 56.46; 4. Jon Wendel, JD, 56.58; 5. Aaron Heaslet, Eas, 56.92; 6. Matt Josephson, JD, 57.25.

100 breaststroke — 1. Bret Bye, SA, 1:01.15; 2. Ben Campen, Sit, 1:02.10; 3. James Seley, Cra, 1:02.77; 4. Kwan-Jin Bloomfield, Dim, 1:02.82; 5. Richie Serwat, Ket, 1:04.72; 6. Brian Behrends, Cor, 1:05.11.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Sitka, 3:21.36; 2. South Anchorage, 3:22.47; 3. East, 3:22.94; 4. Juneau-Douglas, 3:24.33; 5. Homer (John Brennand-Sheffler, Brian Ritchie, Lars Matkin, Anthony Augusto), 3:24.40; 6. Kodiak, 3:25.40.



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