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Story last updated at 1:46 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mariners' dive team finishes first

On the road to Regions, the Mariner swim and dive team showed the competition some muscles this past weekend in Palmer. The swim team took third place for boys and eighth place for girls out of 11 schools from around the peninsula, the Valley, Nome and Fairbanks.

The dive team took top scores despite a few illnesses.

Senior Richard Ginter was the only first place Mariner smoking the competition in the 100 fly. Ginter also took third in the 200 IM.

Senior Nathanael Hardy took second in the 50 free with a best time of 23:93 seconds. The Mariners also took second place in the boys' 200-medley relay and 400-free relay.

"Several races brought the fans to their feet with a roar, Kyle Wentz was in two such races. In both the 100 free and the 100 breast, first place was taken by the obvious leader while the rest of the pack was a dead heat for the other five places. Wentz swam close to his best time in both events," said Swim Head Coach Anna Borland-Ivy. Wentz came in third in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 breast.

"Homer boys rocked the 100 breast as a group," said Borland-Ivy. In that category, Nathanael Hardy came in third place with a best time 1:06.73, Kyle Wentz was close behind in fourth place, and James Reid took fifth place by dropping his best time almost 4 seconds to 1:07.51.

Senior Dana Olesch was the highest placing female swimmer for the meet. She came in second place in the 100 fly and also took sixth in the 100 back.

Marie Schmidt had a best time in the 200 free with a time of 2:04.87 in second place, and best time of 5:28.80 and fourth place in the 500 free.

"This may not seem like much of a feat but our region and this meet had four of the fastest distance freestylers in the state," said Ivy-Borland. Katie and Emily Schmidt earned fourth and sixth respectively in the 100 breast.

The dive team, though down two divers due to the flu, came up on top. Garrett Hall took second place with a score of 232.15 and Kaec Brinster had a score of 291.75 in fourth place out of 15 divers. In the girls division, Jasmine Lewis took sixth place with a score of 233.70 out of 14 divers.

"I usually use Palmer's meet to see how well we will do at State, but this year that doesn't mean a lot since I didn't have two of my strong divers this weekend," said Head Dive Coach Harmon Hall. "I am going to take four girls and four boy divers to Regions and I believe they are all going to do really well and I'll have all my divers in the last round."

This was the Mariners' first 11-dive meet all season with elimination rounds. As opposed to the 6-dive meets that have become a norm this season, 11-dive meets are split into three rounds, 5-dive round, 3-dive round, and 3-dive final round, where divers must score a high enough score to qualify into the next round. Regions and State will both be 11-dive meets.

The swim and dive team will rest this weekend in preparation for Regions in Palmer Oct. 28 and 29. Regions will determine who continues onto State.