Story last updated at 2/1/2012 - 11:02 am
Six members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Team participated in the recent IM Extreme Northwest Games in Portland, Ore., and walked away with a number of victories. Teams from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska participated in the three-day event.
The IM Extreme Games is a new concept introduced by USA Swimming three years ago to develop all-around athletes who can excel at all of the four competitive strokes. Each swimmer competed in a long distance freestyle event, the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and two individual medley events over the three days. Points were awarded for each time swum, with total points calculated to determine individual age group and team winners.
GST finished fifth in team standings, but it was in the individual results that the Juneau athletes shined.
Ciera Kelly, 15, took first place in the 15-year-old girls classification, winning all 6 of her events and breaking the Glacier Swim Club record for the 15/16 year old girls 200-yard IM (formerly held by Kristin Jones in 2006).
Mia Ruffin, 13, took first place and Bergen Davis, 11, took first place honors among their respective age/gender classifications for total points scored over the six events.
Dakota Isaak, 14, took second place in her classification while Jorden Davis, 15, took third place among his. Evangelyn Pajarillo, 11, placed 17th in her classification.