Story last updated at 2:16 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Kachemak club swimmers wrap season with wins
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

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  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
Joseph DeCino, 11, gets a lung full of air as he powers his way through the last length of the 50-yard butterfly for baoys age 11-12  
The Kachemak Swim Club ended its regular season in style on Saturday by dominating the Kenai Peninsula Sprint Championships, which it hosted at the Homer High School pool.

The Kings won early and they won often en route to a team title and five individual overall high-point titles out of 10 age divisions.

Katie Faulkner set a pair of Sprint Championships records as she cruised to wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

Homer High School coach Trent Fisher, swimming in exhibition status alongside members of his team, broke a state masters record in the 100 backstroke.

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Kachemak Swim Club member Marissa Paul, 9, shows her team spirit Saturday, May 4, 2002, during the Kenai Peninsula Sprint Championships at the Homer High School Pool.  
The home meet marked the biggest competition of the year on the Peninsula and gave many of the Homer area's younger, up-and-coming swimmers a chance to get their feet wet. With the neophyte and veteran swimmers coming out in force <> 75 swimmers strong <> the Kings showed a depth that is unmatched on the Peninsula. Over 200 swimmers, including a solid contingent from Kodiak made the trip to Homer High for the meet.

For Kodiak, the long trip to the mainland paid off with a second-place team finish.

Meanwhile, the Kachemak Kings dominated in both the individual and relay events.

In many of the relay events, the Kings entered three teams. The Homer swimmers in took firsts in 13 different freestyle and medley relays.

Among the more experienced Kings swimmers, Rhiannon Jennings had an excellent day, placing first in overall high-point standings in the girls 15-18 division. Jennings captured wins in the 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 50 free.

In the girls 13-14 division, Faulkner tied for the high-point title with Seward's Jacqueline Van Driessche. In addition to her two record-setting races, Faulkner won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 100 back.

Kevin Wythe took high-point title for boys 13-14, with wins in the 200 individual medley, 100 free, 100 breast and 50 free.

Grace Harrison won the 100 individual medley, 50 free and placed second in the 100 free and 50 breast for girls 11-12, good for a tie for the high-points title.

Competing in the girls 9-10 division, Barb Scott grabbed first place in the high-point standings, swimming to wins in the 50 breast and 100 individual medley. Her individual medley time was a personal best by nearly six seconds. She was second in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Jake Bell, swimming in the 15-18 division, took second overall, with wins in the 100 butterfly and 50 free and a second in the 100 breast.

Anthony Augusto, earned a second overall for boys 13-14, with a win in the 100 free and a second in the 50 free.

Dakota Zellin took second in the boys 11-12, winning both the 100 individual medley and the 50 back, while placing second in the 100 free and 50 breast.

Among the up-and-coming swimmers, McKenzie Mahan placed second in the high-point standings for eight-and-under girls, while Marie Schmidt was third. Mahan was second in both the 25 back the 25 breast. Schmidt was second in the 50 free.

This was the first competitive swim meet for many of the younger kids, offering them an opportunity to become part of the team for the first time.

"At the beginning, before the meet really got started there were a lot of scared kids," Dolphins division coach Tara Schmidt said. "But by the second half of the meet, they were relaxing a little more and were enjoying each other's company. In the end, everyone did so well overall."