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Galena swimmers scores dozens of personal bests

The Galena Hawks swim team.

The Galena Hawks swim team.

By LYDIA CHUNAK, staff writer

Galena swimmers had many personal bests at the Northern Area Championship swim meet April 1-3 at the Hamme Pool in Fairbanks.

“Everyone dropped time. I was happy,” said swim coach Jason Harris.

The older swimmers practiced 4 times a week and it was an hour and half.

The Galena swim season will conclude with Hawk swimmer John Riddle III, a sixth grader from Galena, taking part in Junior Olympics on April 22.

The Northern Area Championship results for personal bests are:

Eight year olds and younger:
Clint Kopp – 50 yards freestyle, 42:80.
Lily Esmailka – 200 yards freestyle, 4:21.62
Lily Esmailka – 50 yards breast, 1:08.65
Clint Kopp – 50 yards back, 54.58
Clint Koop – 100 yards back, 1:54. 60
Clint Koop – 100 yards individual medley, 1:59.81

Nine and ten year olds:
Milo Huntington – 50 yards freestyle, 35.79
Mackenzie Tulloch – 50 yards freestyle, 44.86
Milo Huntington – 100 yards freestyle, 1:20.82
Mackenzie Tulloch – 100 yards freestyle, 1:35.86
Preston Kopp- 200 yards freestyle, 3:25.39
Mackenzie Tulloch – 200 yards freestyle, 3:31.70
Milo Huntington – 50 yards back, 47.92
Milo Huntington – 100 yards back, 1:46.17
Mackenzie Tulloch – 100 yards back, 1:54.78
Mackenzie Tulloch – 100 yards individual medley, 1:58.66
Milo Huntington – 500 yards freestyle, 7:41.43

Thirteen and fourteen year olds:
Jelly Firmin – 1650 yards freestyle, 23:57.86

Fifteen year olds and over:
John Riddle -50 yards freestyle, 26.00
John Riddle – 100 yards freestyle, 58.92
John Riddle – 100 yards back, 1:08.83
Autumn Jensen-Roehl – 500 yards freestyle, 7:46.16
John Riddle – 200 yards individual medley, 2:34.79
Tirzah Bryant – 200 yards individual medley, 3:16.24
John Riddle – 100 yards fly, 1:09.51