The Homer Mariners swim team hit the pool at SoHi last week for the 32nd annual SoHi Pentathlon, competing against athletes from Colony, Kenai, Kodiak, Palmer, Seward and Soldotna.
Crowned champions of the event were the SoHi girls team and the Kodiak boys team.
Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist, a senior, was the top female swimmer with a total time of 2:57.51. Her brother, Talon, a freshman, was the top male finisher with 2:36.59.
The event draws its name from five individual races: the 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle. The fastest swimmer of the five events goes home with the crown.
“Our girls were in five of the 14 girls heats in the 50 breaststroke. Each of the Homer girls won their heat, which is a great accomplishment,” said Mariner Head Coach Scott Smith.
Overall, Smith credited the Mariner swimmers with “very strong races. I see the team become more and more confident with each meet.”
Almost halfway through the season and with three more meets before the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Regions competition at SoHi, the Mariner team also is sharpening its focus and “beginning to figure out what they want to focus on for Regions and we will soon begin to train them for these specific event,” said Smith.
Saturday, Homer swimmers and divers compete in the Anchorage and Chugiak areas. The following week, they compete in Kenai on Oct. 3-4.
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Team results (girls):
1. Soldotna, 54 points; 2. Kodiak, 47; 3. Colony, 22
Individual results (Homer girls):
11. Lauren Kuhns, 3:22.81; 13, Cheyanne Smith, 3:22.86; 43. Angie Cardoza, 3:47.59; 56. Jenna Fabich, 4:18.65;
Boys results (Homer):
1. Kodiak, 70; 2. Colony, 47;
3. Soldotna, 31.
Individual results (Homer boys):
16. Remi Nagle, 2:58.93; 21. Griffith Downey, 3:04.32; 29. Leo Castellani, 3:13.63; 39. Thomas Vanek, 3:33.75; 40. Hale Wilkinson, 3:33.76; 43. Zachary Nelson, 3:37.95; 49. Daniel Kern, 3:49.93;