Eagle River boys and Chugiak girls make a big splash

Local swim teams hint at strength in season-open Big 8 meet


While team scores were not posted following the Cook Inlet Conference’s season opener, the Big 8 Swimming and Diving meet, held last Saturday, no doubt area-wide coaches were keeping close tabulations of this year’s up-and-coming talent.

You might want to pencil in the Chugiak Mustang girls’ team, along with the Eagle River boys, as legitimate contenders this season.

Members of the Chugiak girls’ squad won four of the nine individual events, including diving, and were among the top two finishers in all three relay events.

The Eagle River boys team did nearly as well, placing first and second among two of the three relays, and top three finishes among four of the eight individual swimming finals.

Senior captain Samantha Burke won two individual events, the 200 IM and 100 free, to lead the Mustangs. Other individual wins were posted by juniors Emmie Jennings (100 fly) and freshman Alysha Headrick in the 500 free.

The Mustang relay teams were solid with a nucleus of Burke, Jennings and Abby Blackstone and Leslie Cockreham on two of the three teams.

Chugiak head coach Anne Williams said she was pleasantly surprised with the girls’ results, as she spends the better part of the meet at the other end of the pool supervising the boys’ events.

Following the completion of the diving events, both ends of the pool were used for the swim race, Williams said.

The Eagle River boys team was led by brothers Blaise and Bryce Fox-Icarro. Blaise won the 100 fly, and Bryce the backstroke. The pair teamed up with Mark Korzon and Bryce Carpenter to win the 200 free relay, and with Carpenter and Floyd Nigel to finish second in the 200 med relay.

Eagle River’s top finishes on the girls side was provided by Jordyn Bruce, second in the 200 IM, third in the 100 free.

Chugiak’s lone first-place finish on the boys’ side was in the day’s last event, the 400 free relay, with Paul Straub, Andre Noble, Jeremy Petrie and James Dobson doing the honors.

Tri-meets begin this week with Eagle River taking on East and Dimond, at Dimond; while Chugiak faces West Anchorage and Service, at Service. Both meets begin at 4:30 p.m., Aug. 29.

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