Friedli defends state diving title

13 local swimmers/divers reach finals


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Chugiak senior Kaitlin Friedli executes a dive during the finals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State Championships on Saturday at Bartlett.

Star photo by Mike Nesper

Chugiak senior Kaitlin Friedli scored 371.65 points to win her second straight state diving title Saturday during the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State Championships at Bartlett High. 

"I put so much work into this year. It's so nice to be rewarded for your work," Friedli said. 

"She dove very, very well," Mustangs' diving coach Megan Morton said. 

Eagle River freshman Jami Stone was third in diving. Though new to the sport, Stone's strong showing at state wasn't a surprise to Wolves' diving coach MaryAnn Curtis. 

"I knew she could easily be in the top five," Curtis said. "She's a natural." 

Chugiak's Shawn Fugere placed eighth in diving for Chugiak. 

Kodiak's girls won the team title and Dimond placed first on the boys side. Chugiak's girls finished fifth and the boys were 16th. Eagle River's girls placed ninth as a team and the boys were 20th.

The Mustangs had three swimmers reach finals in two individual events apiece.

Sammy Burke finished third in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 free. Emmie Jennings placed second in the 100 free and fifth in the 100 breast. 

Burke, Jennings, Abby Blackstone and Cierra Holtman finished fourth in the 200 medley and 400 free relays for Chugiak. 

Ethan Espe was sixth in the 100 breast and eighth in the 100 fly for Chugiak. 

Eagle River had two swimmers reach finals in two events each. 

Blaise Fox-Icarro was eighth in the 200 free and seventh in 100 fly, while Julia Geskey finished fourth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 breast. 

Kate Mondl placed sixth in the 500 free for the Wolves. 

Jordyn Bruce, Courtney Fox-Singh, Mondl and Geskey swam to a seventh-place finish in 400 free relay — Eagle River's first relay to compete at state. 

Their time of 3 minutes, 50.55 seconds was more than three seconds faster than their seed time. It's also a new school record, said Eagle River head coach Anna McGlocklin. 

"It was a great way to end the season," she said. 

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com 

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