• Swim and dive teams head to season’s largest meet at Bartlett on Saturday
By Sean Pearson
Homer divers once again took center stage over the weekend, this time dominating the 1-meter board at the Kenai Invitational Meet on Friday and Saturday.
Lady Mariners Jasmine Lewis and Katherine Dolma combined to sweep the top two finishes in the 1-meter dive competition. Lewis finished with 168.45 points, while Dolma came up right on her heels with several consistent dives and 161.25 points to finish second.
In boys’ dive competition, Mariner Brian Rowe finished first overall with 201.30 points, and teammate Ian Hall followed with 129.65 points and a 10th-place finish.
“We’re headed to Anchorage this weekend for an 11-dive meet in Eagle River,” said Homer Coach Harmon Hall. “I have four boys I think are ready to compete at Regions. And I would like to see two more freshman girls step up to compete as well.”
Hall said he has been more than pleased with the team’s performance over the season. It hasn’t always been that way for Homer dive teams.
“We’ve finally built the program up to where we have a strong contingent of 13-14 divers,” Hall said. “We’re going to hang in there — even against some of the larger schools.”
Hall said his divers took advantage of a week-long training earlier in the year with Trinity University Swim Coach Stan Randall.
“Coach Randall has led several college teams to NCAA Championships, so we were in good hands,” Hall said. “We did three hours of diving every day, so we picked up a lot of helpful tips.”
On the swimming side of things, brothers Mark and James Nagle continued to swim strong, combining with Gregory Smith and Cyrus Cowan to propel relay teams to a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and fifth in the 200 medley relay.
James Nagle also placed second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 58.35 seconds, and fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.71.
Brother Mark snagged a fifth-place finish in the ultra competitive 100 freestyle, as well as seventh in the 50-free sprint.
Gregory Smith placed sixth in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:09.40.
In girls’ action, Homer’s 200-yard medley relay team comprising Lukia Martishev, Angela Cardoza, Lydia Arndt and Cheyanne Smith took ninth overall, finishing in 2:39.61.
Martishev, Arndt and Smith joined Jordyn Wickstrom to finish tenth in the 200 freestyle relay.
Swimmers head to the SoHi Pentathlon on Friday, with the whole team traveling to Bartlett on Saturday for both swim and dive competitions.
Homer High School Results
Girls 200 Medley Relay
9. Homer, 2:39.61 (Lukia Martishev, Angela Cardoza, Lydia Arndt, Cheyanne Smith)
Boys 200 Medley Relay
5. Homer, 2:00.83 (Gregory Smith, Cyrus Cowan, James Nagle, Mark Nagle)
Boys 200 Freestyle
10. Smith, 2:16.36
Boys 200 IM
4. Nagle, J., 2:18.71; 7. Cowan, 2:28.82
Boys 50 Freestyle
7. Nagle, M., 25.74
Girls 1 Meter Diving
1. Jasmine Lewis, 168.45; 2. Dolma, Katherine, 161.25
Boys 1 Meter Diving
1. Rowe, Brian, 201.30; 10. Hall, Ian, 129.65
Boys 100 Butterfly
2. Nagle, J., 58.35
Boys 100 Freestyle
5. Nagle, M., 57.35
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay
10. Homer, 2:07.26 (Martishev, Wickstrom, Arndt, Smith)
Boys 100 Backstroke
6. Smith, 1:09.40
Boys 400 Freestyle Relay
2. Homer, 3:58.48 (M. Nagle, Cowan, Smith, J. Nagle)
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