Kodiak swept the team titles Friday at the 31st annual SoHi Pentathlon, held in the Soldotna High School pool.
Kodiak’s Jori Lindquist won all five races on the girls side to take the easy victory with a time of 2 minutes 56.72 seconds, while her teammate Ila Hughes finished second individually, nine seconds behind.
Lindquist, a senior, also won the Penthatlon as a sophomore.
Alex Kessler from Colony won the boys individual title with a combined time of 2:43.77.
The pentathlon strays from the norm of high school swimming meets, and it tests a swimmer’s full abilities, as each athlete swims five races – the 100-yard individual medley, the 50 freestyle, the 50 butterfly, the 50 breaststroke and the 50 backstroke — and all times are added up to determine the winner.
Kodiak head coach John Lindquist was pleased with the performance of the Bears.
“I was really happy with Jori, because she’s a senior so she went out great winning the pentathlon,” Lindquist said. “The team swam pretty well for what we’ve been practicing back home, and they stepped up and swam really strong.
“On the boys side, we have a lot of depth, and while we’re not spectacular, they held their own and we had a lot of fun.”
Kodiak won the girls team title with a score of 53 points, 10 more than runner-up Soldotna. The boys team race was closer as Kodiak won with 58 points, only five better than Soldotna.
Lindquist also said that while the swimmers compete for the joy of it, winning isn’t bad either.
“When you put the goggles on and get on the blocks, every kid wants to race, so that’s what I tell them,” “It’s a little bit different atmosphere, but they love this meet and get hyped up for it. It’s fun to watch them race all these different events that they might not otherwise get a chance to race.”
On Friday and Saturday, Kodiak hosts South Anchorage at the Kodiak Community Pool.
1. Kodiak 53 points; 2. Soldotna 43; 3. Palmer 22; 4. Seward, 18; 5. Kenai 13; 6. Homer 6.
1. Jori Lindquist, 2:56.72; 2. Ila Hughes, 3:05.61; 5. Sammye Jones, 3:09.59; 15. Illa Macinko, 3:22.70; 20. Brittany Horne, 3:28.40.
1. Kodiak, 58 points; 2. Soldotna, 53; 3. Colony, 43; 4. Kenai, 1.
4. Nicholas Lincoln, 2:48.22; 5. Dyton Schauff, 2:48.28; 8. Michael Smith, 2:55.33; 9. Jonas Anderson, 2:58.89; 13. Max Mutch, 3:04.83; 14. River Hanson, 3:05.34; 15. Axl Levan, 3:05.57.