• Mariners Rowe and Lewis secure second-place finishes at Valley Invite
By Sean Pearson
Once again, it came down to Mariner divers to deliver on the points at the Valley Invitational in Palmer on Saturday. Overall, Homer boys and girls swim teams finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the massive Valley event.
The Palmer meet is one of the biggest swim competitions of the year, pitting swimmers and divers from Kodiak, Soldotna, Kenai, Palmer, Seward, North Pole, Anchorage Christian School, Colony, Skyview, Valdez, Cordova, Nome, Wasilla and Homer against each other.
Brian Rowe scored 362.5 points in the 1-meter dive event, on his way to a second-place finish overall. His performance, which continues to be focused and consistent, was just 10.25 points behind first-place finisher Joe Provo of Palmer.
Not to be outdone, Lady Mariner Jasmine Lewis executed her dives relatively cleanly, also finishing in the second spot. Lewis amassed 312.95 points for her dives, falling behind Kodiak’s Sophie Hogen, who took the top spot.
Katherine Dolma also maintained her consistent performance on the board, finishing sixth with a total of 213.25 points.
On the swimming side, Homer’s Cheyanne Smith finished fourth in the girls’ 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 29.80 seconds, while Mariner James Nagle finished third in the 100 butterfly, turning in a time of 57.40 seconds. Nagle’s time was a mere .06 seconds behind Dustin Hunter of Soldotna, and less than one full second off first-place finisher Nicholas Lincoln’s pace.
Mark Nagle finished sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:32.86.
The Mariner boys’ 400 freestyle relay team also finished sixth, finishing in 3:54.12. Kodiak blew away the competition in the event, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of Homer’s A team.
Mariner swimmers and divers take this weekend off, preparing for the Regional Tournament on Oct. 26 and 27 in Homer. The M’s will host the regional meet at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, bringing teams from all over the area to compete for regional titles and earn coveted berths to the State Tournament at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Nov. 2-3.
Diving coach Harmon Hall said new lights and starting blocks will welcome Region III swimmers to the competition.
Valley Invitational Results
200 IM: 4. Cheyanne Smith, 2:29.80.
1m dive: 2. Jasmine Lewis, 312.95. 6. Katherine Dolma, 213.25.
1m dive: 2. Rowe, Brian, 362.05.
100 butterfly: 3. James Nagle, 57.40.
500 freestyle: 6. Mark Nagle, 5:32.86
400 freestyle relay: 6. Homer A, 3:54.12.
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