Burke, Jennings, Stone take home silvers

Locals earn five, second-place finishes at state swim/dive meet


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Chugiak’s Emmie Jennings swims the breaststroke portion in the finals of the 200 IM during the state swimming and diving meet at Juneau’s Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Chugiak’s Samantha Burke and Emmie Jennings had a pair of second-place finishes to lead all locals at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Swimming and Diving State Championships held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 in Juneau.

Burke, a junior, was just three-hundredths of a second behind Juneau’s Ciera Kelly in the 100 back. Her time of 57.89 seconds is a new school record, topping her old mark of 58.18 set in the Cook Inlet Conference meet Nov. 2. She also took second in the 200 free.

Jennings, a sophomore, also broke her own school record in the 200 IM at state. She swam 2:07.36, however, Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist was more than two seconds faster, setting a new state record of 2:05.09. Lindquist beat the former record (2:06.63) set by her sister, Jorie Lindquist, last year.

Jennings also took second in the 100 free.

Eagle River’s Jami Stone earned a second-place finish in girls 1-meter diving. She scored 343.05 points, 10 and a half behind Bartlett’s Alex Soto.

Abby Blackstone was the only other Chugiak girl to reach finals in an individual event. She placed eighth in the 500 free.

Chugiak’s girls took fourth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 400 free relay.

Eagle River’s girls finished third in the medley relay and fourth in the 400 free relay.

The Wolves reached finals in seven individual girls swimming events. Kate Maker placed fourth in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free. Esther Min had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 fly.

Julia Geskey had two fifth-place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 back, and broke her own school records in both events. She swam 2:12.99 in the 200 IM and 1:00.30 in the 100 back.

Jordyn Bruce took seventh in the 100 free for the Wolves.

Juneau won the girls team title with 88 points, just three more than Dimond in second. Eagle River (57) was fourth as a team and Chugiak (45) finished sixth.

On the boys’ side, Blaise Fox-Icarro led all locals with a third-place finish in the 100 fly. The Eagle River High junior also took fourth in the 200 IM and shaved three seconds off his former school record to set a new mark of 1:59.79.

Bryce Fox-Icarro placed fourth in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free. The Wolves’ 200 medley relay took sixth.

Chugiak had two divers reach finals. Shawn Fugere finished sixth followed by Austin Rochon in seventh.

Dimond won the boys team title with 78 points, edging Sitka by three. Dimond’s Michael Summers also set a new state record of 4:35.30 in the 500 free, beating the former mark (4:37.85) set by Service’s Ben Smith in 1990.

The Wolves (23 points) finished ninth as a team and Chugiak (5) tied for 14th.

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