• Brinster, Lewis dominate dive board at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center
By Sean Pearson
Securing first-place finishes in both boys and girls divisions, Mariner divers once again dominated the board at their own 2012 Homer Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
When it came to the starting blocks, however, it was all Kodiak.
The Bears brought a powerhouse team to Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, where both teams more than doubled the scores of their closest competitor. Perhaps living on an island gives them a distinct advantage?
Jasmine Lewis proved consistent in the 1-meter dive, taking first with 175 total points. Katherine Dolma followed up with a second-place, 142-point performance.
Mariner Kaec Brinster took care of the boys’ side of the dive team, finishing first with 183 points. Ian Hall and Brian Rowe finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Things got off to a great start for the swimming Lady M’s, as Homer’s “A” team took first in the 200-yard medley relay.
Swimmers Tirzah Hardy, Angela Cardoza, Lydia Arndt and Cheyanne Smith teamed up to turn in a time of 2 minutes, 19.06 seconds. Arndt also turned in a strong performance in the 100 butterfly, where she placed third in 1:19.34.
The Mariner boys held their own in the relay competition, placing third in the 200 medley and fourth in the 400 freestyle.
James Nagel also showed consistency, winning fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Brother Mark Nagel posted a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle, and sixth in the 200 freestyle.
Greg Smith came out strong in each of his events, adding a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 200 IM to his relay repertoire.
Swimmers head to Kenai this weekend for the Kards’ Invitational Friday and Saturday.
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