Alaska State High School Championships

By Brian Savard

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, November 9. MEGHAN Cavanaugh of East highlighted the 2007 Alaska State High School Championships, winning both of her individual events in record time and receiving the female swimmer of the meet distinction.

Team Scores
Juneau-Douglas topped the list of women's competitors, scoring 131 points. Service took the runner-up spot, tallying 69 over the course of the two-day meet while Dimond fell five points behind and took third (64).

East Anchorage headed the list of the men's field, totaling 103 points, while Dimond placed second (70). Kodiak and Juneau-Douglas shared the third-place spot, scoring 52 points apiece.

Lathrop received honors for the highest GPA for its women's (3.90) and men's (3.80) team.

Women's Individual Results
Cavanaugh kicked off the meet with a 1:50.02 performance in the 200 freestyle and set a state record in the process. Kayla Meiergerd from Chugiak held the former standard of 1:50.83 that she set in 1998.

In the 100 butterfly, Cavanaugh catapulted past the field with a quick 55.59, staving off Melissa Bogert for a state record. Sara Murphy from Service set the former standard of 56.07 in 1997.

Juneau-Douglas took two out of the three relays. The Juneau-Douglas grouping of Jenna Rutecki, Lia Heifetz, Melissa Bogert and Kristin Jones reset the 200 medley record (1:48.93) that the Juneau-Douglas contingent set at last year's meet with a 1:47.86 swim. Sara Bogert, Jones, Amber Kelly and Melissa Bogert closed out the meet with a 3:35.62 win in the 400 freestyle relay.

Yana Garvey of Dimond had the meet's final record-setting swim with a 56.73 effort in the 100 backstroke. Her swim eclipsed the former state mark set by Jennifer Rinker of Service in last year's state meet.

Sara Bogert avenged her sister's loss in the 100 butterfly by winning two events of her own. She reigned supreme in the sprint events, touching first in the 50 (24.08) and 100 (52.85) freestyles.

Jones rounded out the double event winners, claiming state titles in both the 200 IM (2:11.78) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.93).

Christina Kirkwood from South Anchorage bested the diving competition with a score of 438.85. Renee Jordan of East placed second (397.20) while Lindsey Veit came in third (342.25).

Men's Individual Results
East Anchorage swept the relay events. It kicked off the meet by fielding a winning quartet of Charlie Wholecheese, Lars Matkin, Dan Wilson and Andrew Wilson in the 200 medley relay (1:40.27). Andrew Wilson, Shawn Wooten, Dan Wilson and Aaron Heaslet sprinted their way to a 1:30.62 win in the 200 freestyle relay while the foursome of Andrew Wilson, Wholecheese, Heaslet and Matkin ended the meet with a gold-medal time of 3:16.30.

Wyatt Adams from Service won two events en route to becoming the only double event winner and receiving the male swimmer of the meet honor. Adams bested his competitors in both the 100 butterfly (51.58) and the 100 freestyle (47.00).

Ryan Borup of Ketchikan fell just shy of the state record in the diving competition, but he snared the first-place honors nonetheless by scoring a 485.45. Brandon Baker of East Anchorage (428.85) and Scott Wandersee of Kodiak (421.85) took second and third, respectively.

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