Dimond swimmers take aim at another CIC sweep

jpeters@adn.comOctober 26, 2012 

— Dimond seniors Jackson Ursin and Erik Wilcox each turned in top times in two preliminary races Friday in the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championships at the Bartlett High pool, giving the Lynx a strong start in their bid for a third straight sweep of the region team titles.

The Lynx produced a meet-high six top qualifiers, giving the boys four top seeds and the girls team two for Saturday's finals, which begin at 3 p.m. Jenny Wilcox and Arianna Rohde were the top qualifiers for the Dimond girls.

The Dimond boys are making a run at a sixth straight CIC title, while the girls are shooting for a third straight.

"We've had a pretty rigorous training session the last couple of weeks," Dimond sophomore Michael Summers said. "I'm pretty proud of what we're doing right now."

Nowhere was Dimond's presence felt more than in the boys 500-yard freestyle, where the top four qualifiers were Lynx. Ursin, who also topped the qualifying in the 200 freestyle, set the pace in 4 minutes, 52.81 seconds, with the next-best times coming from teammates Summers, Jacob Hanni and Jarod O'Brien.

The swimmers with the top eight times Friday earned spot in Saturday's finals, meaning Dimond will occupy half the lanes for the 500 freestyle final.

"It's pretty cool," Ursin said. "Especially cause me and Michael have trained together. We do our workouts together all the time so it'll be nice to race him."

Ursin, who won CIC titles and state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle last season, ventured to California for some extra training this summer. It was his first time training outside Alaska and he said it helped him improve.

"Mostly mentally, because you see all the big swimmers you don't get to see here," he said. "I got to swim and race a lot of Olympic Trials swimmers."

Ursin finished Friday's 200 freestyle preliminary in 1:46.95, but hopes to swim it in 1:45 or better on Saturday and in 1:40 or better in next week's state meet. The CIC record is 1:42.40, set by Michael Summers' brother Matt in 2009.

The Lynx credit their success to a family-like atmosphere where swimmers look out for one another. "We're all kind of like brothers and sisters," Summers said.

Erik and Jenny Wilcox actually are siblings. Erik, a senior, was Friday's top qualifier in the boys 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and Jenny, a junior, was fastest in the girls 100 butterfly.

"In practice we race a little bit," Jenny said. "It's kind of an unspoken race. I love practicing with my brother, cause he pushes me and I push him a little bit."

Many of Dimond's top swimmers grew up together and swim year-round in club events, Erik said.

"That's one of the reasons this team is so strong," he said. "Ever since we were freshmen, we've been practicing together."

Wilcox said he's feeling a lot of emotion for this week's CIC meet and next week's state meet, which could be his last chances to swim competitively. There are some club events after the high school season, but Wilcox -- who doesn't know if he'll swim in college -- said he'll really miss his high school team.

"Club swimming is kind of a drag," he said. "With high school swimming, there's a meet every weekend. You have a lot more team activities, like we have parties every Friday night after the meet where we watch movies and eat."

 


Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

 

Cook Inlet Conference championships

Bartlett High School

Qualifiers for Saturday's finals

Girls

200 freestyle --1, Burke, Sam, Chugiak, 1:59.46. 2, Wilcox, Jenny, Dimond, 2:00.49. 3, DeGeorge, Tara, West, 2:03.02. 4, Mondl, Kate, Eagle River, 2:05.58. 5, Jarupakorn, Jennifer, Bartlett, 2:06.90. 6, Ross, Taylor , Dimond, 2:10.02. 7, Tarbath, Emma, Service, 2:11.50. 8, Fox-Singh, Courtney, Eagle River, 2:12.08.

200 IM -- 1, Adams, Victoria, Service, 2:15.50. 2, Geskey, Julia, Eagle River, 2:15.87. 3, Rohde, Arianna, Dimond, 2:16.06. 4, Schoff, Amber, South, 2:16.58. 5, Oakley, Madeleine, Dimond, 2:16.67. 6, Jurrens, Cannon, Bartlett, 2:19.25. 7, Hanson, Olivia, Dimond, 2:19.34. 8, Bruce, Jordyn, Eagle River, 2:20.53.

50 freestyle -- 1, Sauerbrey, Carrie, East, 25.67. 2, Hampton, Alyssa, Dimond, 25.85. 3, Williams, Kendal, Dimond, 26.03. 4, Holtman, Cierra, Chugiak, 26.51. 5, Hodgson, Joley, Service, 26.68. 6, Paskvan, Kendra, Dimond, 26.78. 7, Wedelich, Brooke, South, 26.88. 8, Wilson, Taylor, South, 27.51.

100 butterfly -- 1, Wilcox, Jenny, Dimond, 59.58. 2, Cavanaugh, Jesi, East, 1:02.03. 3, Hampton, Alyssa, Dimond, 1:05.05. 4, Jarupakorn, Jennifer, Bartlett, 1:06.94. 5, Harris, Lilly, West, 1:08.20. 6, Woo, Stella, West, 1:09.25. 7, Asay, Caitlin, Dimond, 1:09.38. 8, Flores, Hannah, Dimond, 1:10.19.

100 freestyle -- 1, Jennings, Emmie, Chugiak, 54.59. 2, Sauerbrey, Carrie, East, 56.43. 3, Cavanaugh, Jesi, East, 57.12. 4, Cvancara, Sarah, Dimond, 58.28. 5, Holtman, Cierra, Chugiak, 58.40. 6, Paskvan, Kendra, Dimond, 58.67. 7, Sato, Ripple, Dimond, 1:00.09. 8, Jarupakorn, Christine, Bartlett, 1:00.53.

500 freestyle -- 1, DeGeorge, Tara, West, 5:29.30. 2, Mondl, Kate, Eagle River, 5:30.10. 3, Blackstone, Abby, Chugiak, 5:40.99. 4, Williams, Kendal, Dimond, 5:42.45. 5, Ross, Taylor, Dimond, 5:45.49. 6, Tuccillo, Marlana, South, 5:48.32. 7, Burr, Ena, East, 5:49.48. 8, Tarbath, Emma, Service, 5:56.59.

100 backstroke -- 1, Rohde, Arianna, Dimond, 1:00.80. 2, Burke, Sam, Chugiak, 1:00.89. 3, Adams, Victoria, Service, 1:01.02. 4, Schoff, Amber, South, 1:02.32. 5, Hodgson, Joley, Service, 1:04.12. 6, Hanson, Olivia, Dimond, 1:05.19. 7, Burr, Ena, East, 1:05.40. 8, Jarupakorn, Christine, Bartlett, 1:06.71.

100 breast stroke -- 1, Jennings, Emmie, Chugiak, 1:10.09. 2, Wray, Kari, Dimond, 1:10.53. 3, Jurrens, Cannon, Bartlett, 1:10.75. 4, Oakley, Madeleine, Dimond, 1:11.06. 5, Geskey, Julia, Eagle River, 1:11.45. 6, Bruce, Jordyn, Eagle River, 1:12.17. 7, Cvancara, Sarah, Dimond, 1:14.36. 8, Hawkins, Megan, Dimond, 1:15.05.

Boys

200 freestyle -- 1, Ursin, Jackson, Dimond, 1:46.95. 2, Summers, Michael, Dimond, 1:48.71. 3, Fox-Icarro, Blaise, Eagle River, 1:49.88. 4, Ensign, Grant, Chugiak, 1:52.19. 5, Dragomir, Dakota, South, 1:52.54. 6, Dupree, Marshall, South, 1:53.09. 7, Rogers, Jonah, Service, 1:58.08. 8, Emerson, Noah, East, 1:58.69.

200 IM -- 1, Wilcox, Erik, Dimond, 2:01.59. 2, Adams, Nathanial, Service, 2:06.00. 3, Carpenter, Bryce, Eagle River, 2:08.12. 4, Hanni, Jacob, Dimond, 2:08.72. 5, Cvancara, Luke, Dimond, 2:10.37. 6, Emili, Ryan, South, 2:15.98. 7, Wolcott, John, South, 2:19.29. 8, Lindbeck, Christopher, Dimond, 2:20.74.

50 freestyle -- 1, Lai, Nathan, South, 22.73. 2, Emili, Xander, South, 22.84. 3, Hogue-Corwin, Ezra, East, 23.38. 4, Olkjer, Payton, South, 23.42. 5, Behm, AJ, South, 23.44. 6, Monaghan, Thomas, Dimond, 23.68. 7, Steger, Eddie, East, 23.70. 8, Berlin, Jackson, Service, 23.74.

100 butterfly -- 1, Wilcox, Erik, Dimond, 53.84. 2, Fox-Icarro, Blaise, Eagle River, 54.57. 3, Espe, Ethan, Chugiak, 54.72. 4, Emili, Xander, South, 54.94. 5, Chan, Cory, Dimond, 55.85. 6, Dupree, Marshall, South, 56.37. 7, Berlin, Jackson, Service, 56.97. 8, Hennings-Booth, Jonah, Chugiak, 58.15.

100 freestyle -- 1, Krasnican, Thomas, Service, 50.89. 2, Lai, Nathan, South, 51.14. 3, Hogue-Corwin, Ezra, East, 51.49. 4, Roylance, Kris, West, 51.59. 5, Ensign, Grant, Chugiak, 51.67. 6, Olkjer, Payton, South, 51.74. 7, Behm, AJ, South, 52.53. 8, Rogers, Jonah, Service, 53.54.

500 freestyle -- 1, Ursin, Jackson, Dimond, 4:52.81. 2, Summers, Michael, Dimond, 4:54.12. 3, Hanni, Jacob, Dimond, 5:04.47. 4, O'Brien, Jarod, Dimond, 5:05.66. 5, Carpenter, Bryce, Eagle River, 5:09.84. 6, Hennings-Booth, Jonah, Chugiak, 5:11.48. 7, Emerson, Noah, East, 5:27.52. 8, Kellar, Griffin, South, 5:28.30.

100 backstroke -- 1, Adams, Nathanial, Service, 56.71. 2, Chan, Cory, Dimond, 56.94. 3, Steger, Eddie, East, 57.13. 4, Roylance, Kris, West, 59.86. 5, Haas, John, Service, 1:00.12. 6, Horwatt, Matthew, Dimond, 1:01.73. 7, Hodgson, Jayden, Service, 1:02.13. 8, Monaghan, Thomas, Dimond, 1:02.23.

100 breast stroke -- 1, Espe, Ethan, Chugiak, 1:03.09. 2, O'Brien, Jarod, Dimond, 1:04.74. 3, Dragomir, Dakota, South, 1:05.50. 4, Cvancara, Luke, Dimond, 1:06.54. 5, Cluff, Derek, Chugiak, 1:07.83. 6, Krasnican, Thomas, Service, 1:09.12. 7, Aschenbrenner, Luke, Chugiak, 1:10.03. 8, Mills, Jackson, Dimond, 1:10.27.

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