Mustangs, Wolves get ready for Friday’s splashdown

Tri-meet with Wasilla helps add competition


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Eagle River swimmer Blaise Fox-Icarro swims during the boys 200 freestyle race during a dual meet against South on Sept. 2 at Bartlett High School. Fox-Icarro finished second in the race, and later went on to win the boys 100 breaststroke for Eagle River.

STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

Small swim meets aren’t all that much fun, which is why Wasilla was invited to join East and Chugiak on Sept. 2 for a meet at East High.

“With the smaller teams it makes it more fun for the kids,” said Chugiak coach Jessica Kopischke.

East swept the boys and girls team competitions, while Chugiak was second in both and Wasilla third.

Kopischke said coaches may try to invite outside teams to Cook Inlet Conference duals in the future.

“It might be a trend,” she said.

Cierra Holtman (50 free, 500 free) won two events for the Chugiak girls, who also got victories from Erin Cockerham (100 breast) and Kaitlin Friedli (diving).

On the boys side, Grant Ensign (100 free) and Andrew Espe (100 backstroke) each picked up wins, and each swam a leg on the team’s winning 4X100 free relay.

Eagle River had a difficult time with South on Sept. 2 at Bartlett, falling by wide margins in both team competitions.

Kaitlyn Mondl was the top girls performer with a victory in the 500 freestyle and second in the 200 individual medley. Rebecca Hunstiger also finished second in the 100 breaststroke.

Blaise Fox-Icarro had the top boys showing with a victory in the 100 breaststroke and second in the 100 freestyle.

Eagle River and Chugiak will do battle Friday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Chugiak pool.

Kopischke said both area teams look forward to their annual dual match-up.

“It’s a fun time, the kids enjoy it,” she said.

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