Past Kodiak swimming star helps Bears

Greg Rose, a 2005 Kodiak High School graduate, coaches Kodiak’s divers during a high school practice Monday at the Kodiak Community Pool. Rose helped the team for three weeks before leaving Wednesday for Hawaii. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Greg Rose proved he was a decent diver for Kodiak.

He dabbled in it one year — his sophomore season — and was the top Region III diver in 2002.

“I kind of wanted to focus on butterfly, so I kind of pushed it aside,” said Rose Monday at the Kodiak Community Pool.

Rose, a 2005 Kodiak graduate, spent the past three weeks as the Bears’ dive coach.

Rose’s last practice with the team was Monday, as he returned home to Hawaii on Tuesday.

“I am pretty sad that I have to take off, but duty calls. I have a job,” Rose said.

“It is nice to come back and see that we have a strong team.”

Rose returned to Kodiak for his brother’s wedding. Kodiak coach John Lindquist asked Rose if he could fill in for regular dive coach Dave Horne, who is taking time off for medical reasons. Lindquist said Horne should return near the end of September.

‘When I asked him, he didn’t even hesitate,” Lindquist said. “It is giving back a little bit of what we given to him.”

Rose has been a big help to Lindquist, who focuses his time on the swimmers.

“He knows how to coach diving,” Lindquist said. “I don’t know how to correct what they are doing wrong. He is able to see what they are doing wrong and say ‘You did this’ on the board.

“It has been great. His personality, the kids like because he is so full of life.”

Rose said Kodiak’s young divers have made progress under his guidance.

“From the time I started helping out ’til now there have been drastic improvements,” Rose said. “I am amazed; I’m like, really, I can coach.”

Rose is a big piece of Kodiak’s swimming history.

He is the school record holder in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 44.95 seconds), the 100 butterfly (51.62) and the 400 free relay (3:18.88), all set in 2004.

Rose was also the Region III boys swimmer of the year and 200 freestyle state champion in 2004, a year Kodiak placed second at state, just six points behind champion Juneau.

“His name is on the board and we have boys chasing those records,” Lindquist said. “When he showed up, I said ‘Nick (Lincoln) you know that record (100 butterfly) on the board? And he told me the exact time. I was like, this is the guy that holds it.”

Rose doesn’t swim competitively anymore, but he does find time to be in the water while balancing being a chef and musician in Hawaii — his roots reggae band is called Freedom’s Progress.

“Most of the swimming I do is surfing,” Rose said. “I get in the water at the beach and swim all the time. But it is not like getting in the pool and doing an actual workout.”

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

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