John Lindquist has never taken a high school swim team to Juneau during his tenure in Kodiak.
That changes today when Kodiak enters the state swimming and diving championships in the capital city.
Lindquist is not too excited. Since he has been coach, the meet has always been at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
“Logistics becomes a big problem,” he said. “You have to go that much more farther. There are less restaurants, less hotel choices — less of everything.”
Kodiak left Thursday morning for Juneau, and after a layover in Anchorage arrived in the afternoon.
The Alaska Schools Activities Association awarded Juneau’s Dimond Aquatic Center the state meet despite only having one eight-lane pool. Bartlett has two eight-lane pools, which allows all the teams to warm-up at once. In Juneau, the teams will be split beetween two hour-long warm-up sessions. Kodiak is in the first session at 8 a.m. and sits until the meet starts at 10:15 a.m.
“I’m not happy with the idea of having two separate warm-ups,” Lindquist said. “Somebody gets an advantage and somebody doesn’t.”
This isn’t the first time Juneau has hosted the state championships. Lindquist was a high school swimmer for Chugiak when he went to Juneau in 1981.
“That is where I had my last state meet,” he said.
Lindquist said Dimond Aquatic Center, which was built a few years ago, is a nice facility and has been there with the Kodiak Kingfishers swim club.
“On a pool side, I think they will run a great meet,” he said.
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10:15 a.m. — Swimming preliminary heats
2:15 p.m. — Diving preliminary
6:30 p.m. — Diving semifinals
11 a.m. — Swimming and diving finals
6:15 p.m. — Awards