Eagle River swimming looks to make history

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 21:06
Wolves hope to send first relay to state
Eagle River junior Kate Mondl competes in the 200 IM during a tri-meet at Bartlett on Oct. 12.

Eagle River High swimming and diving is hoping to make school history — and head coach Anna McGlocklin thinks she has the team to do it.

McGlocklin said she wants to send the school’s first relay team to state.

“Eagle River’s never had a relay go to state before,” she said.

Kate Mondl, Julia Geskey, Jordyn Bruce and Courtney Fox-Singh have a great chance at becoming the first to do so in the 200 free relay, McGlocklin said.

“This is the first year we’ve really had a solid four for any relay,” she said.

In order to guarantee a trip to the season’s final meet, the foursome will have to win at the Cook Inlet Conference meet. For relays, the conference champion and next best four times statewide make state.

Conference champs and the next best 12 times statewide qualify for individual events.

The CIC meet starts today (Thursday, Oct. 25) with diving preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. at Bartlett High. Swimming prelims start Friday at 3 p.m., and both diving and swimming finals are set for Saturday at 3 p.m.

The enthusiasm that relays elicit from team members is what McGlocklin loves about those events.

“Kids get excited when they’re part of relays,” she said. “Swimming is such an individual sport. But when you do a relay, it becomes a team thing.”

While Eagle River needs to focus on itself, other swimmers also determine who makes state, McGlocklin said.

“It’s not only how they swim, but how 15 other people swim, too.”

Now in her fourth year running the program, McGlocklin said two individuals is the most she’s had compete at state. She’s hoping to triple, if not quadruple, that this year.

Each female relay member has a good chance at making state in their individual events, McGlocklin said. Bruce and Geskey will both compete in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Mondl in the 200 and 500 free and Fox-Singh in the 100 and 200 free.

Mondl was Eagle River’s lone swimmer to reach finals at state last year.

On the boys side, Blaise Fox-Icarro (200 free, 100 fly), Bryce Carpenter (200 IM, 500 free) and Brandon Fast (500 free, 100 breast) can reach state in their individual events, McGlocklin said.

Thanks in large part to the team nearly tripling from last year, McGlockin expects Eagle River to have its best showing at the CIC meet this year. The boys and girls each finished seventh as a team last year.

“I think everyone has been surprised by us all season,” she said. “We’ve beaten teams this year that we’ve never beat before.”

The Wolves know what’s at stake, McGlocklin said.

“It all rides on one meet,” she said.

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