CIC swimming/diving meet starts today

Finals set for Saturday at Bartlett


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If swimmers and divers want to punch their ticket to Juneau, they’ll have to perform well in the Cook Inlet Conference meet.

“It all depends on how everybody performs when it comes to regions,” Chugiak head coach Anne Williams said.

The four conference champions and the next best 12 statewide times earn state berths for individual events. Conference champs and the next best four statewide times make it for relays.

The top two divers from each conference and the next best eight statewide scores make state, which will be held Nov. 8-9 in Juneau.

The CIC meet starts today (Thursday, Oct. 31) with diving preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. at Bartlett High.

Though the Mustangs are without 2013 graduate Kaitlin Friedli — who defended her conference and state diving titles last year — they have six divers this season.

“We’re happy to see the team grow,” Williams said.

Eagle River diver Jami Stone placed third in the conference and state meets last year as a freshman.

Sammy Burke led Chugiak with two individual conference wins (200 free, 100 back), helping the Mustangs to a second-place team finish last season. Emmie Jennings cruised to victory in the 100 free as a freshman.

Williams expects her girls to have another strong showing this year. There’s a lot of parity among the conference this season, she said, which will make for an exciting meet.

“It will be close,” Williams said.

Last year, Dimond swept the team titles for the third consecutive year.

Chugiak has a young boys team, Williams said, but everyone is a hard worker.

“They got each other’s back,” she said. “They’re building a strong brotherhood.”

Chugiak’s boys finished third as a team at last year’s conference meet.

Williams said she’s hoping to send double digits to state. The team is full of positive attitudes, she said, which is essential for success.

“It’s a really awesome group of kids,” Williams said. “They’re ready to go.”

Kate Maker, Jordyn Bruce, Julia Geskey and Courtney Fox-Singh made Eagle River High history last year by becoming the first relay to qualify for state. All four are back for the Wolves, who placed fourth as a team at last year’s CIC meet.

Eagle River’s boys were the fifth-best team in the conference last season.

Swimming preliminaries start at 3 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, diving semifinals start at 8:30 a.m. and swimming and diving finals begin at 3 p.m. All events will be held at Bartlett.

 

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

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