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Story last updated at 4:29 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mariner Highlights

Homer softball hits high GPAs

The National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced this week that the 2011 Homer High School softball team ranked 33rd nationwide in the non-weighted grade point category for academic performance. The Lady Mariners had a GPA of 3.560.

"I am immensely proud of last year's softball team. Not just for their won-loss record, but especially for their dedication to academics, winning the GPA award at State and for being recognized nationwide for their achievements," said Head Softball Coach Bill Bell.

Eight Mariner players were recognized as academic All-American athletes by NFCA. They are Lauren Cashman, Kelsey Coates, Ashley Ketelle, Krystal Edens, Katie Kirsis, Hannah LaRue, Katie McNary and Alecia Stafford.

"When more than half the team qualifies for an All-American academic nomination it tells you a lot about the scholar-athletes that Homer High is turning out. Lots of kudos to the parental and community values this town provides," said Bell.

Mariner divers take first in Seward

The Mariner swim and dive teams finished with strong performances at the Seward Invitational this past weekend, despite a few injuries and illnesses.

The dive team took the crown in both girls and boys classes.

The swim team placed second over all against Soldotna, Seward, Kenai and Skyview.

"The team did rather well this weekend. They have another chance to practice for Regions this weekend with the meet in Palmer," said Head Dive Coach Harmon Hall.

Seniors Lindsey Seneff and Garrett Hall both placed first. In addition, Hall's score of 212.90 set Seward's new pool record, a record that has remained untouched since 1992. Jasmine Lewis came in third place and Sophie Ogle took fifth place. For the boys, Brian Rowe came in fourth place and Ben Westphall was close behind in fifth place.

"Our seniors remain focused on their end-of-season goals at Regions at the end of the month and continue to hone swims and skills for that meet," said Head Swim Coach Anna Borland-Ivy.

Kyle Wentz and Mark Nagle both had best times as lead offs in back for the 200 Medley Relay. James Nagle took six seconds off his 200 freestyle time and Kyle Wentz shaved two seconds off his 200 IM, which gave him a total of two best times for the meet.

James Reid took off three seconds for his 100 butterfly and .5 seconds off his 200 IM, both swims he has been working to improve all season. All three boys in the 100 backstroke dropped time, Nathanael Hardy 1.29 seconds, Mitorfon Martishev 2.35 seconds, and Thomas Vanek 2.81 seconds. Vanek also bettered his 50 freestyle by 3.53 seconds.

The female swimmers also showed a few best times. Emily Schmit had a best time in the 100 backstroke. Casey Ferrell took off over a minute in her 100 free and eight