Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Glacier Swim Club sent 11 athletes to the 2022 Western Zones Short Course Senior Zones in St. George, Utah, last week, placing seventh in the men’s team scoring and 14th in women’s for a combined 10th place team finish among 32 competing squads.
“Western Zones Senior Champs was the first meet outside of Alaska for the majority of our swimmers,” GSC coach Scott Griffith said. “It is important for Juneau athletes to get to the next level so they can compete against outside competition. It is a motivating factor to return and work harder. Our swimmers have managed to stay focused and keep training without the reward of high level competition for too long now.”
According to GSC coach Scott Griffith 16-year-old Patrick Foy broke a team record in the 200 free (15/16 boys and open) with a time of 1:38.72 for first place in a field that included swimmers 19 years of age and younger. That time was also an Alaska State record for 15/16 boys. Foy also tied the 15/16 boys 50 free GSC record. Among other swims Foy placed second in the 200 IM in 1:54.27, third in the 100 back with 56.37, third in the 200 breast with 2:02.52 and a seventh in the 100 fly with 49.61.
Foy also placed second in the individual scoring for boys with 84 combined points. The top five included Bellingham Bay Swim Team’s (Washington) Miles Cratsenberg leading with 98 points, Lake Oswego Swim Club’s (Oregon) Andrew Huang third with 83, unattached swimmer Llachlan Roberts scored 75 and Roadrunners of Alburquerque Aquatics (New Mexico) Jamin Harlan had 70.
Emma Fellman broke the GSC team record in 15/16 girls 400 IM with 4:41.00 for 21st place. Fellman also had a fifth place finish in the 200 breast with 2:21.65 and a 12th place finish in the 100 breast with 1:07.11 among other swims.
The relay team of Fellman, Samantha Schwarting, Pacific Ricke, and Olivia Mills broke the GSC’s 15/16 girls 200 free record in 1:42.03 for a 21st place finish.
Also competing were Caitlin Sanders (14), Alex Jenkins (16), Sven Rasmussen (16), Harrison Holt (17), Tytan Frawley (18), and Adrell Mulgrew-Truitt (18).
Among swims was a 14th place finish by the mixed 200 free relay team of Schwarting, Mulgrew-Truitt, Sanders and Foy in 1:34.39 and a 13th place mixed 200 medley relay of Holt, Fellman, Foy and Mills in 1:43.43.
Holt, Foy, Rasmussen and Frawley placed 10th in the 200 medley relay in 1:39.49 and Foy Mulgrew-Truitt, Holt and Frawley placed 12th in the 200 free relay with 1:28.18, among other swims.
Sitka Baranof Barracudas Swim Club’s Emma Gassman, age 17, also attended the Western Zones.
BBSC coach Kevin Knox said the meet went well.
“Emma and I learned a lot from this meet and she swam well,” Knox said. “It took a day or two for her to wake up her kick with some of her early swims being a little off. Her distance races she is learning that she has a lot of potential with them and sometimes she ends with more in the tank than she thinks she might have. Developing that race strategy is an ongoing process. We where happy with her 200 free time (2:00.58) as she hasn't swum that event recently and her 200 fly (30th 2:13.53) was really solid, with a prelim that qualified her in finals which was exciting!"
Click on the following links for complete results and team scores:
Also to note is the results from the Alaska Postal 10 & Younger State Champs.
According to coach Griffith the GSC swam their races on March 4. Teams had the month of March to run their events in one day and then submit them to one database that compiled the results across the state.
“Since many swimmers under age 10 do not travel this is a great opportunity to get them involved in a state championship meet and see where they stack up against the competition,” Griffith wrote in an email.
The GSC 10 & Younger placed second in the combined team scores.
Click on the following link for 10 & Younger GSC results: