Juneau-Douglas High School girls are the winners of the swimming and diving state championships held Friday and Saturday at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center. They edged Anchorage’s Dimond High School by three points.
On the boys’ side, Dimond High swimmers are repeat state champions, with Sitka High School coming in three points behind to take second.
Both competitions came down to the last race – the 400 freestyle relay.
More than 300 high school athletes, representing 25 high schools competed in Juneau this weekend in the statewide championships for swimming and diving.
Juneau’s new 8-lane, Olympic-size pool at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center made it possible for the capital city to hold a state meet, traditionally held at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
Isaiah Vreeman is the State Championships Director for the Alaska School Activities Association.
Bartlett’s been the only facility in the state to be able to host state championship swimming ever, so to have another facility to come on line, being in Juneau, it’s very exciting.
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- William Quayle, Jr. is running for the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat. The municipal election is Oct. 4.
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