• Kachemak swimmers take first in 46 events
By Sean Pearson
Brother and sister swimmers Lucas and Madison Story combined for 10 first-place finishes in Kachemak Swim Club’s March Madness Swim Meet at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Ten-year-old Madison picked up five individual first-place finishes in the 50 and 200-yard breaststroke, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She also joined teammates Sailey Rhodes, Piper Kassouni and Ella Blanton-Yourkowski for first place in the girls 10-and-under 200 freestyle relay.
Madison’s brother, 8-year-old Lucas, made his small presence known in a big way, as he swam to three first-place finishes in the 50 and 200 breaststroke, as well as 100 IM. He finished second in the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle, and also helped his teammates Nathan Overson, Simon Gucer and Luke Nelson to a win in the 100 freestyle relay.
KSC girls saw other outstanding swim performances by Carly Nelson, who nabbed four wins, and Kassouni and Blanton-Yourkowski, who each grabbed three first-place nods.
In the boys’ competition, Homer High brothers James and Mark Nagle added to their mounting collection of awards with a combined eight wins and four second-place finishes.
Mark Nagle took first in the 200 and 400 IM, as well as the 100, 200 and 1650 freestyle. Nagle turned in a time of 19 minutes, 47.88 seconds to win the marathon 1650-yard race. He also helped his 200 freestyle relay team to second-place finish.
James Nagle turned in his fair share of outstanding performances, taking first in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and the 500 freestyle. James added a second-place finish in the 200 IM and third-place honors in the 100 freestyle. He also joined teammates Clayton Arndt, Leo Castellani and brother Mark in the second-place 200 freestyle relay finish.
KSC boys Theodore Castellani and Luke Nelson earned three first places apiece, while John Vanek and Kane Graham each won two.
Other boys turning in first-place performances included: Ethan Benedetti, Teddy Handley, Clayton Arndt, Leo Castellani, Nathan Overson, Marley Malcolm, James Rogers, Skyler Rodriguez and Griffin Downey.
KSC is scheduled to compete in the Southcentral Sprint Championships on April 5 in either Kenai or Soldotna.
Complete KSC results from Saturday’s March Madness Meet are available online at the Homer Tribune website.
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