April 6th | Sean Pearson
Swimming Kings win Southcentral Championship
Kachemak Swim Club brought home top team honors for the first time in six years at the 2017 Southcentral Area Championships at Kenai High School over the weekend.
KSC took 66 swimmers — boys and girls ranging in age from 6-18 — to the meet. The two teams combined for 645 points to notch a first-place finish against teams from Kenai, Soldotna, Seward and Kodiak.
KSC King Madison Story continued to dominate the competition in her age division, winning first-place overall high point honors with wins in the 200-yard individual medley, 100 freestyle and 50 free.
Kaylin Anderson won the 200 butterfly and 100 free, while Izzy Clarke finished first in the 25 backstroke. Luke Nelson took second-place high-point honors with championship wins in the 50 and 200 butterfly, while teammate Lucas Story finished first in the 50 free.
Other Kings earning first-place individual finishes include: Brady Coppo (50 back); Briar Boyd (100 free); Jai Badajos (25 breaststroke); Hazel Pearson (50 breast); Timmy Cissney (25 fly) and Lauren Kuhns (200 breast).
Four King teams finished first in relay events. The girls 8-and-under team of Aurora Stapp, Kate Moseley, Keagan Niebuhr and Sabra Wilmeth picked up a win, as did the 9-10 year-old team of Briar Boyd, Hazel Pearson, Annabelle Franciscone and Makayla Sarsfield.
The team of Luke Nelson, Luke Nollar, Jakob Murphy and Lucas Story won the boys 11- to-12 -year-old relay, while Carly Nelson, Bethany Engebretsen, Bristol Johnson and Kaylin Anderson took the gold in the girls 11- to 12-year-old 100 freestyle relay.
The next competition for the Kings is the Alaska Junior Olympics, held at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on April 28-30.
Visit the club's website a?www.kachemakswim.or?for more information.
Wrestlers represent at Nikiski Tourney
The Anchor Kings and Popeye Wrestling clubs traveled to the North Peninsula Greco and Freestyle Tournament in Nikiski over the weekend. Both clubs represented the south Kenai Peninsula with a well-rounded, combined total of 10 first-place, 10 second-place and 10 third-place finishes.
Wrestling in the prebantam, 37-40 pound division, Popeye little guy Kanin Kumfer pinned all three of his opponents — one in only 20 seconds — to earn his first gold medal in wrestling?
Mina Cavasos pinned three wrestlers on her way to taking the title in the cadet girls 100-124 pound class. Cavasos struck gold, despite tough battles from Anchor Kings Alex Moseley and Mischelle Wells.
Aria Hall also placed first in her division.
The Anchor Kings earned six first-place finishes, with gold-medal performances from Jackson Woodhead, Alysha Nyvall, Russell Nyvall, Wayne Newman, McKenzie Cook and Seth Inama.
Anchor King Tristan Cook also finished first in Friday's Greco wrestling competition.