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High school swim and dive regionals wrapped up last weekend

West Valley wins in a sweep
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - High school swim and dive started their regional championship last week on Thursday. The whole competition lasted from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon.

The first night focused on the dive semi-finals. There were six divers that competed throughout regionals, representing three different schools. Represented by the most divers was West Valley High School; their team consisted of two boys and two girls. The other competing schools, each having one diver were North Pole and Hutchison.

The finals for dive took place on Saturday mixed in among the swimming events. All of those present at semi-finals also competed Saturday. The winner of both days in dive was junior Grace Greene of Hutchison High School. Greene put on a phenomenal performance to say the least having multiple scores of over 50 points per dive and an overall final score of 425.75. Freshman Paige Sheridan of the North Pole Patriots came in second with 405.90, third and fourth were West Valley’s Ava Plentikoff at 374.50 and Aylin Hawkins at 344.65.

The only two boys that competed in dive were brothers Eli and Ezra West from West Valley. Ezra took first place in fitting fashion as the elder brother and a senior. He scored 329.10 while younger brother Eli scored 274.30.

Friday evening was the first day of swim races for which 9 schools competed in. As expected, West Valley, Lathrop, Hutch, and Monroe all were in attendance. Adding onto that however was Valdez, Nome, Bethel, and Galena.

With finals for swim also occurring on Saturday, it would be the wolfpack sweeping the score board.

In the relay events, the wolfpack dominated for both the boys and girls, taking first in the 200 yard medley relay followed by Lathrop for the girls and Hutch for the boys. In the 200 yard freestyle relay second place went again to Lathrop for the girls and Hutch for the boys. It would be the patriots however taking second for both the boys and girls in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

For the individual events, the girls winners went as follows:

Monroe Catholic:

Jeannie Cook (Sr.) -100 yard breaststroke at 1:06.78 minutes and 200 yard individual medley at 2:13.96 minutes.

Lathrop:

Avery Hafele (So.) - 100 yard backstroke in 59.00 seconds and 100 yard butterfly in 57.10 seconds.

West Valley:

Samantha Bristor (Jr.) - 500 yard freestyle at 5:30.89 minutes and 200 yard freestyle in 2:01.39 minutes.

Blaque Secor (Jr.) - 50 yard freestyle in 25.98 seconds and 100 yard freestyle in 55.53 seconds.

West Valley took every win for the boys, those winners are:

River Quayle (Sr.) 200 yard freestyle in 1:53.73 minutes.

Ezrah Maio (So.) 200 yard individual medley in 2:14.80 minutes and 100 yard breaststroke in 1:05.87 minutes.

Ashton Banks (So.) 100 yard backstroke in 55.71 seconds and 100 yard butterfly in 53.71 seconds.

Ryder Marshall (Fr.) 500 yard freestyle at 5:341.64 minutes.

Kyan Harnum (Jr.) 50 yard freestyle in 22.25 seconds and 100 yard freestyle 49.50 seconds.

The top three teams for the girls would end up being: For the boys it ended:

1. WVHS at 141 points 2. LHS at 48 points 3. NPHS at 44 points 1. WVHS at 148 points 2. NPHS at 52 points 3. HHS at 43 points

The total team score rankings came out as:

1. West Valley High School with 289 points. 2. North Pole High School with 96 points. 3. Hutchison High School with 59 points. 4. Valdez High School Swim Team 54 points.

5. Lathrop High School with 51 points. 6. Galena Swim Team with 19points. 7. Monroe Catholic High School with 14 points. 8. Nome Beltz High School with 7 points.

The Wolfpack remains a swim power house in the interior. At the last state championship West Valley came in third for both boys and girls. This year state will begin on 11/5/2021.

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