Juneau Douglas, Dimond Win Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Titles

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ANCHORAGE – The Juneau Douglas High School girls and Dimond High School boys brought home the Alaska High School Swimming and Diving state championship titles on Saturday at Barlett Pool in Anchorage, as nine state records fell during the two-day meet.


The Juneau Douglas girls got the meet off to a record-breaking start with a new state record in the opening 200 medley relay. Ciera Kelly, Dakota Isaak, Mia Ruffin and Rielly Walsh stopped the clock in 1:46.75 to cut more than a second off the previous record of 1:47.86, set by Juneau in 2007. Dimond’s Arianna Rohde, Megan Hawkins, Alyssa Hampton and Madeleine Oakley finished a distant second in 1:52.34, while South Anchorage’s Amber Schoff, Alexandra Shannon, Cassandra Watson and Elissa Esplin placed third in 1:54.80.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke cruised to victory in the 200 free, topping Dimond’s Erin Moody by two seconds, 1:53.54 to 1:55.66. Tara DeGeorge of West Anchorage rounded out the top three in 1:55.85.

In the 200 IM, Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist lowered her own state record with a time of 2:03.61 in finals. She’d set the previous record of 2:05.09 last year. Madeleine Oakley of Dimond came in second at 2:12.82, while South Anchorage’s Amber Schoff was right behind in 2:13.14.

Kodiak’s Ila Hughes kept the state record-breaking streak going with one of her own in the 50 free. Hughes cut .14 off Maria Reeves’ 1998 record of 23.34 with a time of 23.20. Emmie Jennings of Chugiak (23.65) and Alex Weeks of Soldotna (23.93) also broke 24 to make the podium.

In 1-meter diving, Eagle River’s Jami Stone crushed the state record with a championship title-winning total of 474.70. That bested Alaina Patterson’s 1998 mark of 463.45. South Anchorage’s Sierra Panting claimed second with 398.40 points, while West Anchorage’s Kendall Wagner tracked down third with 392.60 points.

After leading her medley relay team to a win and a new state record, Juneau Douglas’ Ciera Kelly kept the ball rolling with an individual win in the 100 fly. Kelly stopped the clock in 57.29 for the win, ahead of Dimond’s Arianna Rohde (58.85) and Juneau Douglas’ Mia Ruffin (59.86).

Kodiak’s Ila Hughes doubled up in the sprint freestyle events, lowering her second state record of the day in the 100 free. Hughes bettered her own mark of 50.62 from 2012 with a 50.51 after being pushed the entire way by second place finisher Emmie Jennings of Chugiak, who touched in 50.80. Soldotna’s Alex Weeks came in third at 53.24.

Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist followed suit with her second state record of the meet in the girls’ 500 free. Lindquist raced to a 4:53.50, cutting more than three seconds off Kayla Meiergerd’s 1998 record of 4:56.55. West Anchorage’s Tara DeGeorge finished a distant second in 5:08.77, just ahead of Colony’s Sierra Kinworthy (5:08.83).

Tahna Lindquist and Ila Hughes combined forces with teammates Marina Cummiskey and Brittany Horne to win the 200 free relay one event later in 1:37.76, just edging Chugiak’s Abby Blackstone, Samantha Burke, Cheyenne Burke and Emmie Jennings (1:38.11). Juneau Douglas was also in the hunt for the title, with Ciera Kelly, Mia Ruffin, Rielly Walsh and Dakota Isaak touching in 1:38.13.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke had a quick turnaround with the 100 back only minutes later, but it didn’t seem to affect her too much as she cruised to the win in 57.83 for her second state title of the meet. Dimond’s Arianna Rohde stayed in contact and posted a 58.43 for second, while South Anchorage’s Amber Schoff rounded out the top three in 1:00.13.

Dakota Isaak and Mia Ruffin gave Juneau Douglas a 1-2 punch in the girls’ 100 breast, as Isaak topped the championship final in 1:06.41 and Ruffin raced to second in 1:08.44. Madeleine Oakley of Dimond came in right behind Ruffin at 1:08.55 for third.

Kodiak wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay by Marina Cummiskey, Tahna Lindquist, Brittany Horne and Ila Hughes in 3:33.22. Chugiak’s Emmie Jennings, Abby Blackstone, Cheyenne Burke and Samantha Burke placed second in 3:36.56, while Dimond’s Erin Moody, Kendal Williams, Arianna Rohde and Madeleine Oakley rounded out the top three in 3:42.78.

Juneau Douglas scored 100 points to edge Kodiak and Dimond for the team title, as both schools recorded 87 points to tie for second. Chugiak (64 points) and South Anchorage (43 points) made up the rest of the top five.


Kodiak opened up the meet with a victory in the boys’ 200 medley relay, as Nicholas Lincoln, Blake James, Jonas Anderson and Dyton Schauff got to the wall first in 1:37.28, just under a second in front of Dimond’s Reed Dittlinger, Jack Hoen, Nathan Alfano and Luke Cvancara (1:38.20). Thunder Mountain’s foursome of Trevor Jones, Noah Reishus-O’Brien, Kenny Fox and Jorden Davis came in third at 1:38.60.

Michael Summers of Dimond cruised to a three second win in the 200 free, touching first in 1:41.91. Jarod O’Brien of Dimond hung with Summers for the first half of the race but faded to second in 1:44.89, while Sitka’s Will Pate grabbed third in 1:46.71.

Kodiak’s Talon Lindquist crushed the state record in the boys’ 200 IM, taking a second and a half off John Rogers’ 1995 record of 1:53.51 with a final time of 1:52.01. Kenny Fox of Thunder Mountain out-raced Nathaniel Adams of Service to the wall for second, 1:54.85 to 1:55.23.

Abel Aulbach of Petersburg finished just outside the state record in the boys 50 free final, recording a time of 21.13 to just miss Andrew Tainter’s 1996 record of 20.91. EZ Hogue-Corwin of Service came in second with a 21.37, while Thane O’Brien of Thunder Mountain rounded out the top three in 22.14.

The 1-meter diving final turned into a three-way fight to the finish, with three divers finishing within 1.2 points of each other. Wasilla’s Brayden Schachle led the way with 462.95 points, only one point in front of Dimond’s Austin Desatoff (461.95). Lathrop’s Zach Cambell made it very interesting, challenging for the top spot as well with 461.75 points.

After finishing second in the 200 IM, Thunder Mountain’s Kenny Fox moved up a spot on the podium in the 100 fly, topping the championship final with a 50.33. Fox had plenty of clean water as Eagle River’s Blaise Fox-Icarro posted a 53.24 for second and Dimond’s Nathan Alfano put up a 53.27 for third.

Petersburg’s Abel Aulbach came up just shy of a state record in the 50 free, but that didn’t stop him in the 100 free. Aulbach destroyed the state record in the event, becoming the first Alaska high school swimmer to not only break 46 in the event, but 45. Aulbach touched in 44.90 to crush Derek Gibb’s 1998 record of 46.27. Service teammates Nathaniel Adams (46.52) and EZ Hogue-Corwin (46.76) also had a go at the old record in finishing second and third.

Fresh off a win in the 200 free, Dimond’s Michael Summers took aim for his own state record in the 500 free but fell 1.29 seconds short with a 4:36.59. Sitka’s Will Pate swam a 4:46.85 to finish second, while Dimond’s Jacob Hanni placed third in 4:49.98.

In the 200 free relay, the Kodiak foursome of Talon Lindquist, Nathan Schauff, Blake James and Dyton Schauff barely missed the 16-year-old state record in the event with a 1:26.71. Dimond’s 1998 record of 1:26.56 will stand for another year. Service’s EZ Hogue-Corwin, Sam Powers, AJ Warthen and Nathaniel Adams posted a 1:27.59 to finish second, while Dimond’s Jarod O’Brien, Luke Cvancara, Jacob Hanni and Michael Summers rounded out the top three in 1:28.62.

Kodiak’s Talon Lindquist earned his second state title and second state record of the day in the 100 back, clipping Chris Geitz’s 1994 mark of 51.91 with a 51.89. Petersburg’s Evan Marsh (52.50) and Kodiak’s Nicholas Lincoln (53.40) gave Lindquist a run for his money, hanging with him the first 50 but eventually fading to second and third.

Colony’s Joseph Anderson and West Valley’s Tommy O’Donoghue treated the crowd to a great race in the final individual event of the day, as Anderson edged O’Donoghue for the 100 breast state title, 58.76 to 58.79. Dimond’s Jarod O’Brien came in third with another sub-1:00 swim of 59.97.

Michael Summers, Jacob Hanni, Nathan Alfano and Jarod O’Brien led Dimond to a win in the final 400 free relay as they stopped the clock in 3:10.93. Service finished second in 3:11.53 thanks to EZ Hogue-Corwin, Sam Powers, Jonah Rogers and Nathaniel Adams. Kodiak’s Nicholas Lincoln, Nathan Schauff, Luke James and Talon Lindquist rounded out the top three in 3:15.49.

Dimond registered 110 points to top Kodiak (96 points) and Service (57 points). Petersburg (50 points) and Thunder Mountain (46 points) also finished in the top five.

Results: Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Championships

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