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Ketchikan represented at state meet

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A trio of Ketchikan High School swimmers and divers competed on the final day of the season at the Bartlett High School pool in Anchorage on Saturday.

Ketchikan’s Laura Sherrill, Bryce Mattson and Caity Pearson held their own against other competitors at the ASAA state meet.

Sherrill swam in both the girls’ 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly championships. She finished fifth in both races.

Mattson competed in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke championships, and also finished fifth.

Pearson placed 11th in the diving competition.

After surpassing her competition in the diving preliminaries on Friday, Pearson moved on to the state semifinals Saturday morning, and just missed qualifying for the diving championships, as the top eight advanced.

Pearson was one of three Ketchikan divers to qualify for state. Emily Bolling and Jenna Smith also competed in the diving preliminaries.

On the swimming side, in addition to Sherrill and Mattson, Ketchikan’s Emma Campbell, Larry Kuharich represented the First City’s squad during the preliminaries.

Sherrill finished the 200-yard IM in 2:14.22. She capped off her high school career with a 1:00.02 finals time in the 100-yard butterfly.

Mattson completed the 100-yard backstroke in 57.08 seconds.