The Ketchikan High School swim and dive team is set to host the Region V meet this weekend at the Gateway Aquatic Center.

Squads from around Southeast will be in the First City, as preliminaries are set to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Finals will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

A limited number of spectators will be allowed inside the pool area during the Region V meet. However, only those with tickets will be allowed to enter.

Capacity is set at 25% with the Ketchikan School District at ‘high risk’ for the novel coronavirus.

Tickets are only available for family or friends of participants.

State championship meet moved

The swim and dive state meet has been moved this year, from its original site in Juneau, to Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

The swim and dive state meet still is scheduled for Nov. 5-6.

According to Alaska School Activities Association information, the state championship meet was moved out of Juneau because of some novel coronavirus testing protocols that the City of Juneau wanted to implement.

In the past, Juneau has been the designated Southeast site to host the swim and dive state championships once every few years, with Bartlett High School being the regular site for the state meet.

ASAA said the state meet will return to Juneau in the future, but could not guarantee when that will be. The swim and dive state championships is up for bid for next year.

Public pool hours change during Region V meet

According to Ketchikan Parks and Recreation, the Gateway Aquatic Center — including the sauna and locker rooms — will be closed to the public from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday — hours designated for the Region V swim and dive meet.

It will open back up to the public on Sunday, and resume regular pool scheduling.