Swimmers drop times in Ketchikan, prepare for Petersburg this weekend

The swim team continued to drop times and log personal bests at the Kayhi Meet in Ketchikan on Sept. 29. Wrangell's seven swimmers participated in 28 individual and four relay events. Together, they received 18 personal-best times, with each athlete logging at least one personal best.

Jack Roberts dropped two seconds off his 100-yard breaststroke for a personal best of 1:02.14, which earned him second place. "He has been hovering around a mid to high 1:04 for the last couple of seasons, so this was a nice drop for him," said coach Jamie Roberts.

He placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal best of 54.07, and also competed in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley with times of 49.06 and 2:05.72, respectively.

Alisha Armstrong competed in four events - the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley. The butterfly, at 1:24.65, and medley, at 2:55.33, were both personal-best times.

Armstrong "has been focusing on her butterfly technique and decided that it was time to put it to the test," said Roberts. "Her focus in practice has shown up in her races and her ability to maintain good technique throughout the duration of the race."

Anika Herman had "a nice time drop" of more than 2 seconds in her 100-yard backstroke, Roberts added, for a time of 1:20.50. She also logged personal bests in her other two events - the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Four of the swimmers - Nate Rooney, Maddy Davies, Johanna Sanford and Anika Herman - competed in the 500-yard freestyle, which is the longest race in high school swimming. "As the season progresses and the swimmers are getting stronger and more confident, it's nice to see them going after the longer-distance events," said Roberts.

Andrei Bardin-Siekawitch also represented Wrangell at the meet, with personal-best times in his 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke.

Overall, the team placed fifth out of the participating seven schools; Juneau's Thunder Mountain High School took first place with five gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

Wrangell will travel to the Petersburg Invitational Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, the last meet of the regular season before regionals and state.


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