Crimson Bears Boys, Girls Win Region Swim Championship

    The Juneau-Douglas Kalé boys and girl pose with their first place team trophies at the Region V Swim & Dive Championships in Ketchikan on Saturday. (photo courtesy Crimson Bears)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The last time the Juneau-Douglas Kalé Crimson Bears won both the boys and girls Region V Swim & Dive Championships was in 2007 and Seth Cayce finished among the leaders for the boys, Amber Kelly was part of a top state girls team and Nathan Teal was medaling on the diving board. Fourteen years later, those three are coaches of the 2021 Region V Champion Crimson Bears boys and girls swim and dive teams. JDHS outpointed the competition on Saturday in the Region V Championships at Ketchikan.

      “It was pretty cool to see them do it this weekend is pretty cool,” Cayce, the JDHS head coach, said. “Nathan and I were just talking about that. I think probably the coolest part is we were swimming when that last happened and now we’re the coaches. But this group of kids is pretty talented, I wouldn’t be surprised if, on average, they had better times than we did back then.”

      The Crimson Bears boys scored 144.5 points; Thunder Mountain 129.5; Ketchikan 81; Craig 80; Sitka 52; Wrangell 33 and Petersburg 17.

      The Crimson Bears girls scored 157 points; TMHS 140; KHS 66; CHS 58; SHS 46; Haines 27 and WHS 14.

      Key to the titles were relay wins.

      “The relays are really big as they are worth double the points,” Cayce said. “Going in I knew we could stack some relays, basically put the four fastest swimmers on. I knew we could probably win two on both the guys' and the girls' sides. The biggest thing, really, is it comes down to the relays in these championship meets. We won two and Thunder Mountain only won one. That’s definitely a big part of it.”

      JDHS senior Tahlia Gerger, freshman Emma Fellman, sophomore Samantha Schwarting and freshman Pacific Ricke won the girls 200 yard medley relay in 1:52.41, with TMHS in second at 1:53.29 (FR Caitlin Sanders, SR Jamie Heidersdorf, SR Nancy Liddle, SO Olivia Mills).

      Schwarting, Gerger, Fellman and Ricke also won the girls 400 yard relay in 3:49.10, with TMHS second in 3:55.42 (JR Sadie Jenkins, SO Gabrielle Anderson, JR Alex Jenkins, SR Liddle).

      JDHS junior Harrison Holt, freshman Matthew Plang, junior Chaz VanSlyke and senior Tytan Frawley set a KHS pool record of 1:39.16 in the boys 200 yard medley relay, with TMHS second in 1:39.45 - also a pool record (SO Benson Boudreaux, SR Karthik Sanguni, JR Sven Rasmussen, SO Patrick Foy).

       VanSlyke, senior Adrell Mulgrew-Truitt, Holt and Frawley won the boys 400 free relay in 3:20.75, with Sitka second in 3:30.23 (SO Vanya Dubiaha, JR Brandon Stevens, SO Jaden Costelo, JR Matt Rice).

      TMHS juniors Sadie and Alex Jenkins, Mills and Sanders won the girls 200 free relay in 1:42.04, with JDHS second in 1:48.24 (FR Parker Boman, SR Addy Mallot, SR Madelyn Boman, SO Anita Morrison).

      TMHS’ Boudreaux, senior Samson Anderson, Sanguni and Foy won the boys 200 free relay in 1:31.52, with Craig second in 1:32.45 (SR Ethan Dill, SO Elias Mank, FR Grant Maygren, FR Wes Mank).

      Three JDHS swimmers won both of the individual races they were entered in.

      Frawley and Schwarting both won the 200 and 500 free.

      Frawley swam 1:46.79 (2. Holt JDHS 1:49.43) and 4:56.63 (2. JR Matt Rice SHS 5:03.24), respectively.

      Schwarting swam pool records of 1:57.79 (2. Emma Gassman SHS 2:06.61) and 5:31.46 (2. Ricke 5:29.82), respectively.

      Fellman won the 200 IM in 2:16.10 (2. Gerger JDHS 2:19.47) and 100 breast in 1:09.17 (2. Heidersdorf  TMHS 1:10.89).

      The Falcons’ Foy and Mills also won two individual events.

      Foy shattered the boys 100 breast in 56.60 for a new Region V Championship record (2. SO Trevor Dash KHS 1:02.63). It was the only new region mark set over the weekend. Foy also won the boys 200 yard IM in a pool record 1:55.35 (2. VanSlyke JDHS 2:03.56).

      Mills won the girls 50 free in 24.96 (2. SR Renee Roberts WHS 25.19) and the 100 free in a pool record 54.75 (2. Roberts WHS 54.78).

      Craig High School garnered three individual titles. W. Mank won the boys 50 free (2. JR Aaron Mulgrew-Truitt JDHS 22.77) and 100 back in 53.61 (2. Holt TMHS 55.61), and Dill the 100 free in 49.08 (2. Mulgrew-Truitt JDHS 50.31).

      Ketchikan junior Emily Bolling won the girls dive title with 297.95 points and TMHS freshman Brayden DeTienne-Falls the boys with 349.95 points, both pool records.

     Haines freshman Lucia Chapell won the girls 100 fly in 1:05.99 (2. FR Ada Creighton CHS 1:06.05).

     Sitka's Gassman won the 100 back in 1:00.79 (2. Sanders TMHS 1:01.39).

      The Crimson Bears' VanSlyke won the boys 100 fly in 52.56 (2. Boudreaux TMHS 54.20).

      “It’s a team effort, it really is,” Cayce said. “Especially since we won by 15 points for the boys and 17 for the girls. It takes everybody. When you rack up a ton of those fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh place finishes, those can make a difference over the course of the meet. If a couple people weren’t here we might have been talking about a different outcome. The first place finishers get a little more recognition but it truly is a team effort. All those fourth through sixth places add up and we had a lot of those today. They deserve just as much credit as the folks that won.”

      Craig High School won the Sportsmanship Award.

      Crimson Bears making the All Academic team were Tytan Frawley, Adrell Mulgrew-Truitt, Madelyn Boman, Tahlia Gerger, Addison Mallott, Jackson Marx and Adrian Whitney.

      “All our swimmers were great,” Cayce said. “But the one I was impressed by the most was probably Samantha Schwarting. She’s obviously one of our top end swimmers but the times she put up today, I knew she was capable of them but I didn’t expect them at this meet. She was in the state taper group so we want her to be peaking next week, but she crushed all of her best times. Her 500 time is the second fastest in JDHS history which is pretty cool. Her performances were pretty impressive, but they all swam great, just hers stood out.”

      A message seeking comment was left for the coach of the Thunder Mountain team.

      Complete Region V Championship Swim & Dive results are expected to be posted Sunday.

      The state swim championships are Friday and Saturday at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School.

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