DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak’s Ian Rocheleau swims during a high school meet earlier this season at the Kodiak Community Swimming Pool. 

Ian Rocheleau’s breakthrough season in the 200-yard individual medley was punctuated with a career swim at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swim and Dive State Championships. 

The Kodiak sophomore produced a runner-up finish in the 200 IM with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 57.73 seconds Saturday at Bartlett High School.

As a freshman, Rocheleau was a state alternate in the 200 IM. After an offseason of training, Rocheleau cut nearly six seconds off his time from a year ago. 

“It was a great swim all the way around,” Kodiak coach Maggie Rocheleau said. “He made the improvements, and it translated into faster swims each time.” 

Rocheleau recorded Kodiak’s top finish at a state meet where the boys placed seventh with 32 points and the girls 10th with 18 points. 

Rocheleau added a sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:53.04) and was part of Kodiak’s third-place 200 medley relay (1:41.18) and sixth-place 400 freestyle relay (3:24.18). 

Junior Leslie Spear led the girls with a fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:00.40) and a seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.06). 

“It wasn’t her best times in those events, but I felt that she swam strong,” Maggie Rocheleau said. 

The coach noted that this was a loaded 100 breaststroke field, with Seward’s Lydia Jacoby — a US Olympic qualifying swimmer — winning in a state-record time of 1:00.61. Homer’s Madison Story was second in 1:03.57, which would have been a state record two years ago.  

“The 100 breaststroke field has gotten really quick over the years,” Maggie Rocheleau said. “Her (Spear) time would have gotten her top four in a lot of other years.”  

Freshman Alison Narog was sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.22) and joined Spear, Addi Rogers and Ashleigh Nicholson on Kodiak’s fifth-place 400 freestyle relay team (3:44.74). 

For the boys, Jackson Krug was seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:48.32) and Nicholas Carver was seventh in 100 breaststroke (1:01.39). 

Rocheleau, Carver, Krug and Micah Arndt were part of the 200 medley relay, while Rocheleau, Skonberg, Krug and Arndt were on the 400 freestyle relay.

The 200 medley was seeded sixth and moved up three spots. 

“We were able to swap out some of the boys between regions and state to be able to make it a stronger relay,” Maggie Rocheleau said. “We ended up beating Kenai (Region III champions) at state, so it was a really good turnaround — pretty exciting for the boys.”  

Dimond won the girls’ title with 100 points, while the Service boys won with 102 points. 

Five of Kodiak’s six swimmers competing at state in individual events qualified for an A final. 

“That is a pretty great percentage. Overall, they swam really well,” Maggie Rocheleau said. “I’m super happy with how the season culminated and proud of the energy that the kids brought to the season and to each meet.”



Team — 1. Dimond, 100 points; 2. Eagle River, 74; 3. West Valley, 65; 4. Sitka, 60; 5. Homer, 44; 6. Lathrop, 28; 7. South, 26; 8. Thunder Mt., 21; 9. Colony, 20; 10. Kodiak, 18; 11. Seward, 15; 12. Palmer, 14; 12. Wasilla, 14; 14. Monroe, 11; 14. Hutchinson, 11; 16. Ketchikan, 8; 17. Chugiak, 7. 

Kodiak results

200-yard freestyle — 4. Leslie Spear, 2:00.40. 

50 freestyle — 9. Alison Narog, 25.47. 

100 butterfly— 6. Alison Narog, 1:00.22. 

100 freestyle — 12. Ashleigh Nicholson, 57.51. 

100 breaststroke — 7. Leslie Spear, 1:10.06. 

400 freestyle relay — 5. Alison Narog, Adeleine Rogers, Ashleigh Nicholson, Leslie Spear, 3:44.74. 

1-meter diving — 10. Bella Penaloza, 232.70 points (8 dives). 



Team — 1. Service, 102; 2. Dimond, 99; 3. West Valley, 49; 4. Eagle River, 40; 5. Juneau, 36; 6. Colony, 34; 7. Kodiak, 32; 8. Chugiak, 28; 9. Kenai, 24; 10. Seward, 18; 11. Wasilla, 16; 12. Soldotna, 13; 12. West, 13; 14. Sitka, 11; 15. South, 10; 16. Petersburg, 8; 18. Cordova, 4; 18. Ketchikan, 4; 18. North Pole, 4; 21. Valdez, 2. 

Kodiak results

200 medley relay — 3. Ian Rocheleau, Nicholas Carver, Micah Arndt, Jackson Krug, 1:41.18.

200 freestyle — 7. Jackson Krug, 1:48.32. 

200 individual medley — 2. Ian Rocheleau, 1:57.73. 

500 freestyle — 6. Ian Rocheleau, 4:53.04. 

100 breaststroke — 7. Nicholas Carver, 1:01.39. 

400 freestyle relay — 6. Ian Rocheleau, Aidan Skonberg, Micah Arndt, Jackson Krug, 3:24.18. 

1-meter diving — 11. Keith Bruce, 220.30 points (8 dives). 


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