State championship-caliber swimmers will fill the Kodiak Community Pool Friday and Saturday.

Kodiak’s swimming and diving team hosts Dimond in a pair of highly anticipated dual meets.

The Kodiak girls are the defending state champions, while the Dimond boys have won state the past three seasons.

Kodiak will be tested on both sides, and coach John Lindquist said this is the Bears’ biggest meet of the regular season.

“They are the defending state champions three years in a row,” he said. “They still are stacked. There will be some great races.”

Lindquist pointed to the boys 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle as the marquee events.

Dimond’s Ursin Jackson won state in both events last season, while Kodiak’s Michael Smith wasn’t too far behind.

Lindquist knows it will be tough to hand Dimond a loss.

“It will take an awful lot to beat Dimond,” he said.

Dimond’s girls placed third at state last season.

“They have depth and that is what is going to make it a little tighter races,” Lindquist said.

Friday’s meet begins at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s starts at 10 a.m.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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