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Story last updated at 6:18 PM on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mariners swim and dive to second, third

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


Photo by Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Homer High School swim and dive team seniors and parents are recognized at the Homer Invite last Saturday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. The meet was the last at home for three Mariner divers–Garrett Hall, Sophie Ogle and Lindsey Seneff–and 10 swimmers– Richard Ginter, Nathaneal Hardy, Andre Lovett, Mitron Martishev, Dana Olesch, James Reid, Emily Schmidt, Katie Schmidt and Marie Schmidt, and Kyle Wentz.

The Kodiak Bears roll deep and fast, but the Homer High swim and dive team's 13 seniors propelled the Mariners to high finishes at the Homer Invite last Friday and Saturday.

Mariner girls took second to Kodiak's 154 points with 48. Kodiak boys won with 111 overall, topping Soldotna's 83 and Homer's 70 points.

Kenai, Palmer, Valdez, Seward, Colony and Skyview also competed in the meet.

Homer Head Coach Anna Borland-Ivy said Kodiak's rare combination of depth and speed enabled them to whallop the rest of the field.

"Kodiak is just fabulous," she said. "It's fun to watch."

Homer started with strong scores at the dive competition Friday night, sweeping second and sixth place and taking fourth in the boys' event.

Senior Lindsey Seneff finished off the six-dive finals of girls diving with 193.40 points. Kodiak's Sophie Hogan won the event with 201.70, but Seneff is still ranked no. 1 in the Northern Lights Conference.

Homer sophomore Katherine Dolma took sixth with 133.20 points; senior Sophie Ogle took 10th with 104.40.

Joseph Provo of Palmer edged out Homer's Garrett Hall by 4.5 points for first place. Though he scored consistently higher, Hall took second with 201.45.

Kaec Brinster took fourth for the Homer boys with 168.20 and freshman Ben Westphal surprised the team with 158.10 points for sixth.

Relays racked up lots of points and excitement during the swim competition Saturday. The girls (Marie Schmidt, Emily Schmidt, Dana Olesch and Cheyanne Smith) started things off with a third-place finish in the 200 yard medley relay, less than half a second behind second-place SoHi. Smith, Olesch, M. Schmidt and Taylor Iredale swam to a second-place triumph in the girls' 400 free relay, where they beat out Kenai and Soldotna in the last leg.

Homer's boys (Richard Ginter, Kyle Wentz, James Reid and Nathaneal Hardy) followed up with their own third-place finish in the medley relay.

That same team kept the crowd good and loud until they wrapped up the meet by winning a breath-holding 400 freestyle relay.

Head Swim Coach Anna Borland-Ivy said that while no one had a chance against the Bears, she is pleased with her team's dedication and performances in the grueling part of season's training.

"I feel like we did really well overall. Everybody had at least one good swim," Borland-Ivy said, citing best or nearly best times across the board.

Ginter had the only individual first-place finish for the meet, which he earned by beating second-place James Nagle by nearly five seconds in the 100 butterfly. Ginter swam a 56.72 and Nagle went 1:01.03 to edge out Soldotna and Kodiak swimmers.

Ginter also took second in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.49.

Wentz took third in the IM and a roaring fourth in the 100 free. He finished in 51.59; the winning time was 51.02.

Olesch took a close second in the 100 fly in 1:05.36 and fourth in the 100 back in 1:09.55.

M. Schmidt took second in the 500 freestyle.

Mark Nagle and J. Nagle went third and fourth in the boys' 500.

Katie Schmidt, Smith and E. Schmidt took fifth through seventh, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.

Though the seniors are certainly a force, Borland-Ivy noted the work of younger swimmers as well.

Smith, a freshman, swam to eighth in the 50 freestyle, less than a second behind the fifth-place finisher.

Sophomore David Ware shaved seconds off both his 100 and 50 freestyle time.

The Ms go for back-to-back dual meets with Kodiak in Kodiak this weekend.