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12/1/2018
Killer Whales swim on Saturday

By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor

The Ketchikan Killer Whales swim club will partake in a “postal” meet on Saturday at the Gateway Aquatic Center. But it will only be the Ketchikan and Wrangell swim clubs participating in town when the event kicks off at 9:35 a.m.

The postal meet — or virtual swim meet — will allow various swim clubs throughout the state to run their versions of the meet throughout the entire month of December.

“Each team in the state will hold the same meet at some point,” Killer Whales head coach Patrick Burda said. “And after all of those meets happen, all of the results will get compiled together and all of the kids will be ranked at that point throughout what happened at all of the locations. It’s a really neat idea.”

Along with Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, Seward, Craig and Haines will host events. As long as teams are certified with USA Swimming they can participate.

A few months ago, Burda said Craig raced a team in Indiana.

“It’s not an unheard of thing,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for a lot of kids who don’t typically get to travel to a lot of meets swim against other teams.”

Only the 10-and-unders will be swimming on Saturday. But all of the Killer Whales will be there to cheer on their teammates.

“I asked the 11-and-overs to come in to time (the events) and cheer the kids on,” Burda said. I think it’s important that the older kids are visable and have a presence for the younger ones — and the younger ones have someone to look up to.”

The Killer Whales’ Evan Dash is looking forward to the event.

“It’ll be fun,” he said.

Dash will be racing in the 100-yard IM, 200-yard IM, 50-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard backstroke.

He holds the Killer Whales’ record in the 100-yard butterfly — 1:16.

“I proved I could do it in Petersburg,” he said. “I think I can beat it.”