Special Olympics

Courtesy of Lindsey Glenn

The Kodiak Special Olympics delegation poses for a photo after competing in the state summer games over the weekend in Anchorage. 

Kodiak’s Special Olympics athletes took part in the state summer games over the weekend in Anchorage. 

Kodiak’s powerlifting team won seven gold medals and nine silver medals. 

Aharon Dolph was the big winner, lifting gold in squat (165 pounds), bench press (137), deadlift (214) and combined (516). 

Amy Canavan snagged gold in bench press (115), deadlift (231) and combined (478). She took silver in squat (132). 

Eric Mangrobang, who last summer competed at the USA Summer Games in Seattle, placed second in the squat (264), bench press (165), deadlift (264) and combined 693). 

Morgan Griffin collected silver in squat (60), bench press (55), deadlift (77) and combined (192). 

Kodiak’s four lifters successful completed 32 of 36 lifts. 

Kodiak’s aquatics squad, competing at a state meet for the first time in several years, netted 11 medals — seven gold.  

Jeff Garcia dominated the pool, winning gold in 25-yard freestyle, 50 freestyle and 25 backstroke. He set season-best times in all three events, going 29.07 seconds in the 25 free, 39.22 in the 25 back and 1:13.91 in the 50 free. 

“He said he was scared we would follow through with the threat that he would have to swim back to Kodiak if he didn’t do his best,” Kodiak aquatics coach Lindsey Glenn said. 

Kyra Parker celebrated her 18th birthday with a gold in the 25 back (44.80) and silvers in 25 free (31.60) and 50 free (1:07.31). 

Hanna Moody swam to gold in the 50 free (2:17) and took silvers in 25 free (50.85) and 25 back (52.9). 

Arne Tveit finished first in the 15-meter flotation, second in the 15M walk and earned a participation ribbon in 15M kickboard. 

“He kept saying, ‘Bringing the gold back to Kodiak,”’ Glenn said. 

Bernie Graham earned gold in the 25 back (1:00.34) and was fourth in 25 free (50.85) and 50 free (1:43.90). 

The 100 freestyle relay team of Garcia, Graham, Moody and Parker earned a participation ribbon for a time of 2:40.65. 

The swim team set 11 personal-best marks.