Ketchikan High School swimmers and divers competed in two meets this past Friday and Saturday in Sitka, winning the combined team scores in addition to the boys and girls categories in both meets.
“This was a meet that I felt we really showed our racing — going out and racing in head-to-head competition — (more) than we had in the past,” said Kayhi head coach Gary Crowe in a phone interview with the Daily news. “They got out and got in some good racing and that was fun to watch both days.”
Ketchikan competed against squads from Craig, Sitka and Haines high schools during the meet, taking 18 athletes to Sitka for the meets.
Both days had a full regular meet, which included diving competition.
Crowe said that individual swimmers are allowed to compete in a limited number of events each day, and they change events so that they’re not swimming the same races in both meets.
“We see how they do in the different events ... so we can figure out, at the end of the season when we get ready for regionals, what are our best options ... for the events to be in,” Crowe said.
Going against some strong competition — especially from Craig Panther swimmers — just about every Ketchikan swimmer recorded one or more personal best times at some point during the two days of racing.
“We had good swims out of everybody, basically, all weekend,” Crowe said.
On Friday, for example, Kayhi’s Kyan Klinger placed first in the 200-yard individual medley and a second place in the 100-yard freestyle, both in personal best times of 2:13.22 and 52.27, respectively, according to meet results. Then on Saturday, Klinger posted another two personal best times, shaving a full 1.1 seconds off of his previous best 50-yard freestyle time to finish in third place in 24.20 and also placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Ketchikan’s distance swimmers also lowered their times. Larry Kuharich placed second in Friday’s 500 yard-freestyle with a personal best of 5:24.07. Ty Woods placed second in the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday in 6:00.05, also a personal best.
Craig Panthers with strong showings included Ethan Dill, who followed up first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard fly on Friday with firsts in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke on Saturday.
Wesley Mank of Craig finished first in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke on Friday, then placed first in the 100-yard fly and second in the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday.
On the girls side, Crowe said Lauren Olson and Myleigh Sambrano swam really well during both days.
Sambrano placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 1:03.66 on Friday, in addition to another personal best in while placing second in the 100-yard backstroke with a personal best of 1:18.15.
Olson notched personal bests and second-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley on Friday, before going on to score a pair of first place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle on Saturday.
Craig Lady Panthers bringing the competition included Sierra Nelson, who placed first in the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday with a personal best time of 29.50, and second place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Manami Lehman of Craig placed first in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday, followed by Craig’s Ada Creighton in second place. Creighton also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley.
Ketchikan divers Emily Bolling and Kellyn Briggs were the sole competitors on both days. Bolling prevailed with two first-place finishes with scores of 150.61 and 147.16. Briggs placed second with scores of 141.16 and 137.41.
Looking ahead, Crowe said that he was looking for the Ketchikan squad to have some good workouts leading up to the Oct. 15-16 meet in Juneau.
“Hopefully, (we’ll) ... see some good success going in to that meet, and turning around and having a great line on the end of the season at regionals — and hopefully send some people to state,” Crowe said.
The Region V regional championship meet is scheduled for Oct. 29-30 in Ketchikan.