• Homer qualifies 8 swimmers and divers for State competition
By Sean Pearson
Lady Mariner Jasmine Lewis took first in the girls 1-meter diving event at Saturday’s Region III Swimming and Diving Championships in Kenai.
A junior, Lewis called her weekend accomplishment a “major success,” noting that her 318.05-point performance was a personal best.
“I’m very excited and happy about my performance at Regions,” she said. “State, here I come!”
Teammate Katherine Dolma finished third in the region with 266.35 points, just shy of second-place Kirsten Duran of Kenai, who had 268.55 points.
The Kodiak Bears cruised to the team titles with a combined total of 179 points — 82 for the girls and 97 for the boys. Kodiak girls have now won seven straight Region III Championships, while the Bear boys have won five straight titles — including nine out of the past 11.
Some 233 total athletes competed in Saturday’s finals. Kodiak teams set six Region III records.
Mariner Brian Rowe placed third in the boys’ 1-meter dive competition with 304.45 points. He finished just four points short of second place. Kenai divers took first and second. Homer’s Ian Hall placed fourth, and Kaec Brinster took fifth.
As a team, the Mariner boys picked up 33 points to tie for fourth place. Homer girls tied for ninth.
In swimming events, Mariner James Nagle fell short of second place by one, one-hundredth of a second in the boys’ 100-meter butterfly. Nagle finished with a time of 54.77 seconds, while Soldotna’s Dustin Hunter finished in 54.76.
James Nagle also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke, following right on the heel’s of teammate Gregory Smith. Smith’s finish time was 1:01.36, while James Nagle posted a time of 1:03.11.
Mark Nagle placed second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:11.80. He also took third in the 200 freestyle.
Homer relay teams took second in the 400 freestyle and fifth in the 200 medley.
In the girls’ 200 individual medley, Homer’s Cheyanne Smith placed sixth with a time of 2:30.70. She finished less than one second behind the fifth-place finisher from Valdez.
A total of eight Homer swimmers and divers qualified for this weekend’s State competition in Juneau.
Lewis said she is ready to compete, and is working to make her dives “as clean as they can possibly get.”
Homer Individual Results
200 IM: 6. Cheyanne Smith, 2:30.70.
1-meter diving: 1. Jasmine Lewis, 318.05 points;
3. Katherine Dolma, 266.35;
200 medley relay: 5. Homer, 1:51.50.
200 freestyle: 3. Mark Nagle, 1:53.04.
100 butterfly: 3. James Nagle, 54.77.
500 freestyle: 2. Mark Nagle, 5:11.80; 6.
Gregory Smith, 5:35.81.
100 backstroke: 4. Gregory Smith, 1:01.36; 5.
James Nagle, 1:03.11;
400 freestyle relay: 2. Homer, 3:37.68;
1-meter diving: 3. Brian Rowe, 304.45; 4. Ian
Hall, 301.65; 5. Kaec Brinster, 301.45.
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