Eagle River's swim/dive team nearly triples

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 05:11
Wolves credit school, Olympics for increased interest

There’s something in the water at Eagle River High.

More swimmers.

With 39 on the 2012 swimming and diving team, the Wolves nearly tripled in size from last year.

“This is the biggest team we’ve ever had,” fourth-year head coach Anna McGlocklin said.

Freshmen make up about one-third of the team, McGlocklin said.

“We have a lot of new kids that are interested,” she said.

McGlocklin attributed the spike in numbers to an influx of new students. The school, too, has helped promote athletics, she said.

“Eagle River is doing a really good job of getting kids involved in sports,” she said.

Junior Kate Mondl credited the recent Olympic Games with encouraging kids to try the sport.

“It helps get swimming out there,” she said.

Mondl is the only returner who reached finals at state last year. The rise in teammates should make sure the Wolves are better represented at the state meet this season, she said.

“We definitely have a couple people that will be seen at state,” Mondl said.

McGlocklin said she’s hoping to send at least six to state, including two relays.

Eagle River’s girls have started the season with two team wins.

Most recently, Eagle River scored 118 points to win a tri-meet over second-place South (110.5 points) and third-place Chugiak (95.5 points) at Bartlett’s pool Friday, Aug. 31.

South’s boys won the meet with 163 points. Eagle River took second with 82 points and Chugiak was third with 75.

Eagle River’s girls won four individual events and took first in the 200 free and 400 free relays.

A bigger team gives the Wolves more opportunities for first-place finishes, Mondl said.

“We have way more chances for a lot more girls to win events,” she said.

Julia Geskey (200 free, 100 breaststroke), Jordyn Bruce (100 butterfly) and Mondl (200 IM) won individual events. They also were part of both winning relay teams.

Sam Coy joined them on the 200 relay while Courtney Fox-Singh was the fourth member of the 400 relay team.

Erik Korzon, Brandon Fast, Bryce Carpenter and Blaise Fox-Icarro won the 400 free relay to earn the Wolves’ lone boys first-place finish.

The team is working on improving each week and wants to win more meets this season, Fox-Icarro said.

“We’re looking pretty good,” he said. “People are getting faster.”

Mondl agreed.

“A lot of people have improved a whole bunch,” she said.

In their first meet Aug. 24, the Eagle River’s girls defeated Service for the first time, McGlocklin said. She credited the rise in team members to the early season success.

“When you have the depth to fill the lineup … it makes a huge difference,” McGlocklin said. “It’s looking to be a good year for us.”

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected]

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