SoHi girls swim to second

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

The state swimming and diving championships lived up to expectations as the boys competition was anybody's race and the girls competition was a sure thing Saturday in Anchorage.

The Dimond Lynx boys survived a three-way winner-takes-all battle royale with Lathrop and Service close at their heals, while Service cruised to an easy victory over the girls field.

But when the smoke cleared and the water stopped churning at Bartlett High's natatorium, Soldotna's chief strategist walked out on top.

Soldotna coach Sohail Marey was named the 2001 Coach of the Year after guiding his girls team of six qualifiers to a second-place finish at state. He was all-smiles as he strode up to the podium to receive his award and deferred any credit when his team congratulated him.

"I won this because of you," he said.

Diving coach Dennis Reger said Marey's nomination was a surprise, but that the Stars head coach deserved the award.

"His overall attitude is what sets him off from everyone," Reger said. "It's all about the kids. Even on dual meets, he's up all night."

Marey said he was proud of his girls team. "Our school has never accomplished something like this," he said. "The girls going against those huge schools. It's a compliment to their hard work and dedication."

Team captain Caitlin Martin said her team had wanted to finish well in the state meet early in the school year, but they were surprised to find that they were in the running for a top place.

 

Ketchikan's Rachel Knowles flips for the judges during her first dive in the ASAA state swimming and diving championships Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. Knowles finished in second place.

AP Photo/Al Grillo

"At the beginning of the season we said we would shoot really high," Martin said. "For top three. We looked at our times today and saw that we could be there. Everyone really put their hearts in it. It's my senior year and I'm so glad it worked out."

Martin, along with Keely Chavka, Abby Kiffmeyer and Jenna Syverson, took third in girls 200-yard freestyle relay and the Stars took second in the 200 medley relay with Kiffmeyer, Syverson and Amberlee Query and Karina Peterson. Kiffmeyer was second in the 100 butterfly and Syverson placed third in the 50 freestyle.

Marey said he also was pleased with his boys, who finished sixth out of a field of 16 teams.

"We're happy," Marey said. "It was close until the final race. It's encouragement to be here next year."

Marey only fielded eight boys and remained in the top three teams through much of the meet. He admitted that he had two swimmers who were sick, and this hampered his team's performance.

"I'm not trying to make excuses," he said. "But with that small number of kids, I'm very proud of them."

Valdez had two first-place swimmers -- Katie and Luke Thomas. Valdez coach Peter Hay said he was he would have been disappointed had Thomas not won the 200 freestyle.

"It's not unexpected," Hay said. "He's the fastest returning swimmer. He'll win the 100 butterfly, too."

 

Soldotna's Jenna Syverson, facing camera, hugs Sarah Brettrager of Colony after finishing the girls' 50-yard freestyle championship event of the state swimming and diving championships Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. Syverson finished sixth and Brettrager finished seventh.

AP Photo/Al Grillo

And Thomas proved his coach's words true with a commanding 52.81-second finish -- a second and a half faster than the next closest swimmer. The Valdez junior finished the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 45.32 seconds.

Kenai diver Rachel Knowles placed second in the girls diving competition with a score of 374.25 and was recognized as Diver of the Year by swimming and diving coaches from around the state.

"I'm very proud of myself," Knowles said. "I was really positive today and I nailed my forward double. It was probably my best dive. Next year, I plan to break my personal best."

Other Kenai Peninsula top finishers included Soldotna's Nick Sorrell, who placed second in the boys 200 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke.

ASAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Bartlett

Friday-Saturday

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES --1. Service, 144.50; 2. Soldotna, 59.50; 3. Dimond, 57; 4. Lathrop, 49.50; 5. Chugiak, 48; 6. East, 41.

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Service (Winegarner, Fejes, Kula, Chang), 1 minute, 50.36 seconds; 2. Soldotna, 1:52.47; 3. Chugiak, 1:57.27; 4. Dimond, 1:57.85; 5. Juneau Douglas, 1:58.72; 6. East, 1:59.75.

200 FREESTYLE -- 1. Felins Rosadiuk, Lath, 1:56.04; 2. Frette Winegarner, Serv, 1:56.34; 3. Alissa Nagel, Dim, 2:00.09; 4. Catherine Engibous, Chug, 2:00.55; 5. Keely Chavka, Sol, 2:03.12; 6. Lisse Focht, Jun, 2:03.13.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY -- 1. Rachelle Kula, Serv, 2:11.07; 2. Caitlin Coleman, Val, 2:13.01; 3. Sarah Rockwell, East, 2:14.25; 4. Monica Ulmer, Hom, 2:16.56; 5. Alexis Will, Sit, 2:17.61; 6. Amberlee Query, Sol, 2:19.46.

50 FREESTYLE -- 1. Julia Chang, Serv, 24.26; 2. Sarah Brettrager, Col, 24.75; 3. (Tie) Jenna Syverson, Sol, Bryn Spores, Lath, 24.77; 5. Amber Walker, East, 24.10; 6. Rachel Fuller, Dim, 25.26.

DIVING -- 1. Kasey Dethlefs Chug, 414.35; 2. Rachel Knowles, Ken, 374.25; 3. Jessica Earp, Chug, 355.30; 4. Valerie Truncalli, W. Vall, 329.95; 5. Katherine Spohnholtz, Serv, 324.15; 6. Katherine Allely, Serv, 319.50.

100 BUTTERFLY -- 1. Rachelle Kula, Serv, 58.74; 2. Abby Kiffmeyer, Sol, 59.45; 3. (tie) TerriJo Hasbrouck, Pal, Christina Piakak, Serv, 1:01.13, ; 5. Renae Rykaczewski, Hom, 1:01.37; 6. Sarah Rockwell, East, 1:01.66.

100 FREESTYLE --1. Julia Chang, Serv, 53.35; 2. Sierra Winegarner, Serv, 53.95; 3. Sarah Brettrager, Col, 54.37; 4. Jenna Syverson, Sol, 54.48; 5. Rachel Fuller, Dim, 54.81; 6. Alissa Nagel, Dim, 54.85.

500 FREESTYLE -- 1. Felina Rosadiuk, Lath, 5:15.29; 2. Gaitlin Coleman, Val, 5:22.37; 3. Catherine Engibous, Chug, 5:26.51; 4. Sarah Millhouse, Serv, 5:31.38; 5. Ashley McKee, Bar, 5:31.66; 6. Keely Chavka, Sol, 5:32.49.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Serviced (Winegarner, B., Winegrner, S., Fritcher, Piakak), 1:39.82; 2. Dimond, 1:41:38; 3. Soldotna, 1:41.39; 4. Lathrop, 1:41.77; 5. East, 1:41.83; 6. Colony, 1:45.26.

100 BACKSTROKE -- 1. Julieanne Fritcher, Svc, 59.58; 2. Brette Winegarner, Svc, 59.70; 3. Casey Woster, NP, 1:00.65; 4. Abby Kiffmeyer, Sol, 1:00.73; 5. Renae Rykaczewski, Hom, 1:01.36; 6. Darin Wagner, NP, 1:02.79.

100 BREASTSTROKE -- 1. Katie Fair, Val, 1:108.64; 2. Elise Alexander, Wval, 1:10.67; 3. Jenn Miller, Chug, 1:11.29; 4. Jamie Call, Val, 1:11.84; 5. Casey Woster, NP, 1:11.84; 6. Monica Ulmer, Hom, 1:12.82.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Service (Chang, Fritcher, Kula, Lipka), 3:36.19; 2. Dimond, 3:42.89; 3. Latrhop, 3:43.83; 4. East, 3:47.12; 5. Homer, 50.12; 6. Juneau, 3:51.11.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR -- Rachelle Kula, Service

FEMALE DIVER OF THE YEAR -- Rachel Knowles, Kenai

TEAM SCORES --1. Dimond, 74; 2. Lathrop, 70; 3. Service, 69; 4. Juneau Douglas, 55; 5. Ketchikan, 51; 6. Soldotna, 44.

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Dimond (Fellwock, Raposa, Bloomfield, Fuloler), 1:40.43; 2. Petersburg, 1:42.28; 3. Service, 1:42.62; 4. Soldotna, 1:42.91; 5. Juneau Douglas, 1:44.59; 6. Homer, 1:48.33.

200 FREESTYLE -- 1. Luke Thomas, Val, 1:45.32; 2. Nick Sorrell, 1:47.89; 3. Chris Edwards, Serv, 1:48.33; 4. Ben Huhns, Hom, 1:50.40; 5. Forrest Preston, Jun, 1:52.15; 6. Dusty Woster, NP, 1:52.35.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY -- 1. Hunter McAllister, Lath, 1?57.75; 2. Paul Huges, Jun, 2:01.50 3. Hans Bochardt, Serv, 2:05.21; 4. Nathan Rose, Kod, 2:06.00; 5. Kirk Fischel, Jun, 2:06.92; 6. Tiger RoseFigura, Bar, 2:07.06.

50 FREESTYLE -- 1. Travis Williams, Lath, 22.47; 2. Joey Rauwolf, Ketch, 22.65; 3. Ty Mann-Schweigert, Sol, 22.66; 4. Ricky Jarvill, Sit, 22.67; 5. Treg McLaughlin, NP, 22.90; 6. William Hutchings, West, 23.04.

DIVING -- 1. Chad Frichtl, Chug, 481.20; 2. Jake Miller, Lath, 456.60; 3. Kelly Mogg, Kod, 427.35; 4. Casey Willis, Serv, 404.75; 5. Sean Sorenson, Chug, 391.50; 6. Owen Barrington, Dim, 364.40.

100 BUTTERFLY -- 1. Luke Thomas, Val, 52.81; 2. Gilbert Raposa, Dim, 54.34; 3. Joey Rauwolf, Ketch, 54.77; 4. Kwai-Lin Bloomfield, Dim, 54.82; 5. Hans Borchardt, Serv, 54.96; 6. Alec Schramek, Pal, 55.09.

100 FREESTYLE -- 1. Ricky Jarvill, 49.33 Sit; 2.William Hutchings, West, 49.79; 3. Treg McLaughlin, 49.90; 4. Gerry Zeek, Sit, 50.40; 5. Jake Bell, Hom, 50.60; 6. Ben Voetberg, Ketch, 50.65.

500 FREESTYLE -- 1. Hunter McAllister, Lath, 4:48.56; 2. Kevin Vik, Chug, 4:56.30; 3. Chris Edwards, Serv, 4:56.74; 4. Nathan Rose, Kod, 4:59.51; 5. Forrest Preston, Jun, 5:00.16; 6. Jimmy Rutter, Val, 5:02.92.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Dimond (Fuller, Raposa, Fellwock, Bloomfield), 1:330.77; 2. Kethcikan, 1:30.85; 3. Lathrop, 1:31.01; 4. Sitka, 1:31.24; 5. Soldotna, 1:32.13; 6. Service, 1:32.15.

100 BACKSTROKE -- 1. Travis Williams, Lath, 52.23; 2. Kirk Fischel, Jun, 56.73; 3. Josh Fellwock, Dim, 57.04; 4. Ben Kuhns, Hom, 57.14; 5. Leo Grasso, Sol, 57.29; 6. Ben Voetberg, Ketch, 57.83.

100 BREASTSTROKE -- 1. Gilbert Raposa, 58.36; 2. Paul Hughes, Jun, 1:00.21; 3. Nick Sorrell, Sol, 1:02.44; 4. Alec Schramek, Pet, 1:02.93; 5. Kwai-Lin Bloomfield, Dim, 1:03.96; 6. Ryan Seaver, Ketch, 1:04.72.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY -- 1. Service (Borchardt, Burnham, Edwards, Hughes), 3:20.92; 2. Ketchikan, 3:21.30; 3. Lathrom, 3:22.02; 4. Juneau, 3:23.99; 5. Homer, 3:25.44; 6. Valdez, 3:26.14.

BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Hunter McCallister, Lathrom

BOYS DIVER OF THE YEAR - Chad Frichtl, Chugiak

SWIMMING COACH OF THE YEAR -- Sohail Marey, Soldotna

DIVING COACH OF THE YEAR -- Art Saltmarch, Chugiak



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