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Sherrill, Pearson advance to state meet: Ketchikan swimmers, divers compete at Region V championships
Ketchikan High School's Laura Sherrill swims in the final 100 butterfly at the Region V championship swim meet at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka Saturday. Sherrill had a time of 59.18, placing first in the event. Photo by James Poulson/Sitka Sentinel

Daily News Sports Editor

Ketchikan will be represented at the ASAA swim and dive state championships on Nov. 8-9 in Anchorage, with at least two participants making the trip from the First City.

Ketchikan High School’s Laura Sherrill, and Caity Pearson are guaranteed to compete at state this weekend.

Sherrill advanced in two events, winning the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly at the Region V championships on Saturday in Sitka.

Pearson placed first in the girls’ one-meter diving championships.

After a competitive day at the Region V preliminary meet at Mt. Edgecumbe High School on Friday, Ketchikan sent 18 participants to the final rounds for individual events on Saturday.

In addition to Sherrill and Pearson participating in the girls’ individual championships, Ketchikan’s Emma Campbell, Evelyn Staples, Judy Meiresonne, Ava Elerding, Jenna Smith and Paris Knuteson also competed.

On the boys’ side, Bryce Mattson, Tyler Merle, Kyan Klinger, Riley Castle, Owen Campbell, Alec Lundburg, John Bullock and Larry Kuharich all participated in Saturday’s individual events.

Ketchikan’s Ethan Thomas joined Owen Campbell, Lundburg and Klinger in the 200-yard medley relay.

Anne Coss and Jewels Kealiinohomoku participated in the 400-yard freestyle relay, along with Staples and Smith.

Sherrill completed the 200-yard IM in 2:14.26, and was the only swimmer to finish the 100-yard butterfly event in less than a minute, winning in 59.18 seconds.

Pearson won the girls’ diving competition, scoring 219.05.

It was a clean sweep for Ketchikan in girls’ diving on Saturday. Smith and Bolling finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 196.30 and 187.70.

Ketchikan might still send more competitors to the state meet. After official times from each region are logged together, ASAA will award 11 more participants for each event to ensure two heats.

And Ketchikan had several top-three finishers at the Region V championships.

Mattson placed second in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 57.41 seconds. He won silver again in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 58.22 seconds.

Merle finished third in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the block at 54.21 seconds.

Two boys’ relays teams also finished in the top-three.

Bullock, Klinger, Merle and Mattson placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:29.17. And Thomas, Owen Campbell, Lundurg and Klinger finished third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:59.69.

Craig High School also had several participants compete in the region championships.

Liberty Wargi-Morris finished eighth on Saturday in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle, completing the race in 2:23.62.

Ulric Lehman finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM. He finished the butterfly event in 1:02.32, and the individual medley in 2:27.19.

Craig’s Sierra Nelson also competed in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke finals event. She finished seventh in 1:25.13.