Fourteen Region VI swimmers qualified from Friday’s preliminaries for today’s finals and two region divers advanced to the semifinals at the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Swim and Dive State Championship at the Bartlett High School Pool in Anchorage.
The top eight swimmers in each individual event qualified for the finals and the top 12 divers on Friday qualified for the semifinals.
West Valley is represented by seven swimmers in the event finals, four of whom are racing in two events each.
The Wolfpack’s Patty Eppingher and Samantha Bristor are swimming in the girls 200-yard individual medley finals. Eppingher recorded a 2-minute, 14.32-second effort and Bristor finished with a 2:15.88 in the prelims. Logan Fox is swimming for the Wolfpack in the boys 200-yard IM after qualifying with his 2:01.99 prelim time.
Bristor’s swim of 54.98 seconds in the girls 100-yard freestyle was also good enough for a fifth-seed spot in the finals, and Fox’s 4:51.59 performance in the 500-freestyle time ranked him third heading into the boys finals. Eppingher’s 1:06.59 in Friday’s 100 breaststroke ranked her third for her second final today.
Heidi Billings is swimming the girls 100 backstroke for the Wolfpack today after finishing second Friday with a 58.68.
Teammate Juliette Benson will join Billings in the backstroke finals, as her 1:09.01 was the sixth-best prelim time.
Ezra Billings is seeded second in the boys 50 freestyle finals after a 21.24 prelim race and first in the 100-yard freestyle finals after a 47.67 Friday swim.
Wolfpack girls 500 freestyle swimmer Meah McCallum is competing in the finals after swimming a 5:29.87 prelim time.
Lathrop’s Katy McCarter is the top-ranked swimmer in he girls 50 and 100-yard freestyle finals after clocking 24.32 in the 50 and a 53.28 in the 100. Her teammate Timberlyn Wendt is ranked eighth in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.58.
The Monroe Catholic Rams have two swimmers in today’s finals: Victoria Schachle and Jean Cook.
Schachle is ranked fourth with a 1:02.02 in the girls 100 backstroke and eighth with a 25.39 in the girls 50- freestyle. Cook is seeded fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:08.44.
Hutchison is represented in the girls 200 freestyle finals by Shannon McCallum, who finished fourth in the prelims with a 2:00.74, and by Cassidy Welsh, who grabbed the fifth seed in the 500 freestyle with a 5:27.44.
North Pole Patriot Travon Rodgers has the seventh seed in the boys 50-yard freestyle finals after a 22.50 prelim swim.
Hutchison’s Grace Greene was ranked seventh after the five-dive preliminary round in the girls 1-meter diving competition. Lathrop’s Corbin Lambert is in 12th place headed into the boys semis.
After completing four additional dives in today’s semifinals, the top eight divers in both the girls and boys competitions will advance to the finals.
The diving semifinals begin at 9:30 a.m. The finals for swimming and diving start at 1 p.m.
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