Photo by Chris Thorne
Members of the Soldotna Silver Salmon swim team pose together during the 2007 Speedo/Alaska Swimming Age-Group Championships at the Hamme Swimming Pool in Fairbanks on Dec. 7. Team members included Alexandra Brenton, Shaylee Brenton, Morgan Lancaster, Megan English, Katie Markesano, Kaitlyn Groleske, Sarah Mokracek, Zoya Hanson, Alena Newgren, Keelyn Heaven, Olivia Pfeifer, Molly Silta, Maraya Whitaker, Sawyer Rickman, Christain Carrico, Austin Whitaker, Winter Heaven and Ehren Rickman. Not pictured, Rachel Henry and Isabel Henry. The team is coached by Sohail Marey and assisted by Joel Pieper. Standing with the team, second from right, is Mark Gangloff a gold medalist for the USA team in 2004. Gangloff presented medals at the event. The team competed against 330 swimmers and placed ninth out of 20 teams. Individual results for those placing in the top six are: Kaitlyn Groleske fourth place for backstroke, butterfly, individual medley and freestyle, third place in freestyle and backstroke and fifth place freestyle. She placed eighth overall; Molly Silta fifth place butterfly; Katie Markesano fifth place butterfly; Sawyer Rickman fifth place backstroke and fourth place freestyle; Olivia Pfeifer two fifth place finishes for freestyle and fifth place backstroke; Austin Whitaker sixth place breaststroke; and Winter Heaven first place backstroke and butterfly, second place individual medley and freestyle, third place individual medley and backstroke and fifth place butterfly. He placed third overall. Relay results are: fourth place freestyle, girls ages 11 and 12 Morgan, Katie, Zoya and Kaitlyn and fifth place freestyle boys ages 13 and 14 Ehren, Christian, Austin and Winter; Medley sixth place girls are 11 and 12 Kaitlyn, Katie, Sarah and Zoya and medley sixth place boys ages 13 and 14 Ehren, Christian, Austin and Winter; and freestyle sixth place girls ages 11 and 12 Kaitlyn, Katie, Sarah and Zoya and freestyle boys ages 13 and 14 Ehren, Christian, Austin and Winter.
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