Locals win 8 conference swim/dive titles
The podium was full of local athletes at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championships Saturday, Nov. 2 at Bartlett.
Chugiak and Eagle River took first in one-third of the 24 events. Each school won four events.
Chugiak’s Samantha Burke and Emmie Jennings won a pair of individual events and each set a new school record in the process.
Burke defended her CIC titles in both the 200 free and 100 back. Her time of 58.18 seconds in the latter is a new Chugiak record and ranks her first in Alaska going into the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 in Juneau.
Burke swam a personal record 1:53.86 in the 200 free.
“That’s my best time ever,” she said.
Jennings, a sophomore, cruised to victory in the 200 IM and set a new school record of 2:08.45.
“I’m very happy with that,” Jennings said. “My one goal for this meet was to win that race.”
Jennings defended her conference title in the 100 free. Her time of 52.78 separated Jennings by more than two seconds ahead of Eagle River’s Jordyn Bruce in second.
A quick start keyed the win, she said.
“I just had to get out fast and get up there to that fresh water,” Jennings said.
Burke and Jennings also helped Chugiak set a new school record in the 200 medley relay. They teamed up with Abby Blackstone and Marissa Headrick and turned in a time of 1:54.05.
Eagle River won three individual events and one relay — and set a whopping 13 new school records.
Sophomore Esther Min led the Wolves with a victory in the 50 free and swam a leg of the first-place girls 400 free relay.
“I’m definitely happy,” she said after winning the 50 free in 24.70, a new ERHS record.
Min, Bruce, Kate Maker and Julia Geskey won the 400 free relay in 3:40.90, a new school record. The same foursome broke the school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.49, good enough for second place.
Geskey set school records in the 200 IM (2:13.46) and the 100 back (1:00.85) while Min topped the previous best 100 fly mark (58.16).
The Wolves claimed the top two spots in girls 1-meter diving. Sophomore Jami Stone scored 392.95 points — a new school record for 11 dives — and junior Kenzie Smith was second with 372.85.
Stone, in just her second year of diving, attributed her success to Wolves’ diving coach Chad Frichtl.
“My coach definitely helped me get there,” she said.
Stone, who enters state as the top diver, said she’s seeking to top her newly set school record this week.
“I’m hoping to break 400 at state,” she said.
Blaise Fox-Icarro was the lone local male swimmer to win a CIC title. He won the 100 fly in 53.09, breaking his own school record.
Fox-Icarro, a junior, said he was more confident in his third conference meet, which helped him win by more than a second over Dimond’s Nathan Alfano. Fox-Icarro also topped his former school record in the 200 IM (2:02.78) and helped the Wolves set records in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.
Fox-Icarro and his younger brother, Bryce, along with Brandon Fast and Nigel Floyd swam 1:42.88 in the medley relay while the Fox-Icarro brothers, Floyd and Joseph Min recorded a time of 3:24.40 in the 400 free.
Fast’s time of 1:04.57 is a new school record for the 100 breast and Bryce Fox-Icarro set a new 500 free record of 4:56.02.
Dimond swept the team titles for the fourth straight year. Eagle River’s girls and boys each finished fourth, and Chugiak’s girls were fifth and the boys were sixth.
Twelve Mustangs earned state berths while a record-high 19 Wolves — eight more than last year — will make the trip to Juneau.
“That’s definitely the most kids we ever had qualify,” Wolves’ head coach Anna McGlocklin said. “It just continues to get better and better for our team.”
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