The boys and girls combined score was was 264.50, beating Juneau Douglas by nearly 15 points. (Photo courtesy of Ben Adams)

A co-ed effort clinched first place for the Sitka Wolves at the Region V Swim Championships over the weekend (10-30-15). The team is coached by Ben Adams. 

The girls team placed second behind Juneau Douglas, 113 points to 172. The Sitka boys pushed the team over the edge to victory, placing first with 151.50 points over Ketchikan’s 104.50 points. The combined team score was 264.50. Second went to Juneau Douglas with 255.

Leading the Sitka boys was Will Pate, Brady Harang, and Jake Triershield. Harang and Triershield (Tresh-eld) placed first in the Boys 200 meter relay. Harang also clinched the 100 yard backstroke. Pate placed first in the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle, for which he’s ranked second in the state. He and Jack Weaver also won the Boys 200 yard freestyle relay.

As for the Sitka girls, Jessica Davis powered to wins in the  100 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke. Davis and Whitney McArthur also won the 400 yard freestyle relay. Skyler Moore won first place in the 200 yard freestyle. She entered the regional championship ranked first in Southeast for the event, as was Pate. Both beat their times – Pate by 1 second and Moore by nearly 4 seconds.

All the event and relay champions in the region qualified for the state championship meet. It will be held November 6 – 7 at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School.