The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 54 individual individual PRs, personal records, and 50 percent relay PRs at the Snowball Invitational in Kenai on Jan. 10.
Nine-year-old Luke Nelson won KSC Swimmer of the Meet for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the 100 IM, 1:35.81, and in leading off the victorious 9-10 200 free relay, 37.05, and a new Junior Olympic Championship qualifying time in the boys open 100 back, 1:30.23. Nelson also won the boys 9-10 100 free and placed second in two other events.
Competing in their first meet: Auden Cress, Olivia Glasman;
Completed new event(s): Kaylin Anderson, Adeline Berry, Ella Blanton-Yourkowski, Theodore Castellani, Auden Cress, Eryn Field, Aria Hill, Blake Hill, Mattie Moyer, Nathan Overson, Lucas Story;
100 percent individual PRs: Ella Blanton-Yourkowski, Theodore Castellani, Aria Hill, Blake Hill, Leif Jaworski, Mattie Moyer, Luke Nelson, Jake Nelson, Lucas Story;
100 percent relay PRs: Ethan Benedetti, Theodore Castellani, Teddy Handley, Aria Hill, Blake Hill, Leif Jaworski, Bristol Johnson, Mattie Moyer, Jake Nelson, Luke Nelson, Nathan Overson, Sailey Rhodes, Skyler Rodriguez;
100 percent individual and relay PRs: Theodore Castellani, Aria Hill, Blake Hill, Leif Jaworski, Mattie Moyer, Luke Nelson, Nathan Overson;
New Age Group Championship cuts: Ethan Benedetti, Ella Blanton-Yourkowski, Griffin Downey, Piper Kassouni, Jake Nelson, Luke Nelson, Nathan Overson, Sailey Rhodes, Lucas Story;
New Alaska Junior Olympic Championship cuts: Luke Nelson;
Individual event winners: Iris Downey, Carly Nelson, Luke Nelson;
Relay winners: Mixed 9-10 200 free relay of Luke Nelson, Carly Nelson, Lucas Story, and Kaylin Anderson (2:43.16);
Relay Big Award: Sailey Rhodes sparked 11-12 200 free relay with a 33.50 lead-off leg, a 2-second improvement;
Spirit Award: Iris Downey vociferously cheered teammates from end and side of pool;
Sportsmanship Award: Eryn Field raced aggressively and congratulating competitors;
Helper Award: Griffin Downey noted and recorded acts of distinction;
The Kings compete next in Homer at the End-of-the-Road Invitational, Jan. 30-31.
KSC is a non-profit, year-round youth sports organization that practices in the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center and competes around the peninsula, the state, and the region. Anyone age 6 or older who can swim the width of the pool in freestyle and backstroke is encouraged to tryout. For more information, contact Head Coach Neil Romney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-795-3392; or visit the club website at ksc.tundratechnologies.com/.