The Kodiak High swimming and diving team hosts Cook Inlet Conference Eagle River today and Saturday in the final home meets of the 2021 season.
Today’s meet at the Kodiak Community Swimming Pool begins at 5 p.m. and also doubles as senior night for Nick Carver, Jackson Krug, Ian Rocheleau and Max Jensen. Saturday’s meet starts at 10 a.m.
“Eagle River is a great team to have down here, especially on senior night,” Kodiak coach Maggie Rocheleau said. “I think we will get really great matchups.”
This is Kodiak’s first home meet since hosting Wasilla in August. Rocheleau said Eagle River is bringing around 20 swimmers of all different ability levels.
“It is a pretty diverse group,” Rocheleau said. “There are going to be swimmers here that will go onto place very high at state and newer swimmers as well.”
Kodiak’s boys are coming off a fantastic showing at the Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational, where Ian Rocheleau, Krug and Carver all grabbed individual wins. Jensen was part of a relay victory. The girls were led by Amaya Rocheleau and Alison Narog, who both recorded a pair of top 6 finishes.
The coach was impressed with her athletes considering they are putting in eight to 10 practices a week.
“They are swimming tired, but they swam fast,” the coach said. “The best piece of that, when that happens, and they see where they are and the potential for where they are going to go, it is a huge confidence builder, and we are riding that wave this week.”
Kodiak is one of five Division I schools competing at the Lady Grizzly Volleyball Tournament that begins today at Grace Christian in Anchorage.
Bartlett, Palmer, Colony and Soldotna are the other big schools in the field that includes 18 teams.
The Bears are in Pool B and will play single sets against Anchorage Christian, Colony junior varsity, Monroe Catholic, Nikiski, Palmer, Seward and Valdez today.
The other pool includes Barrow, Bartlett, Colony, Dimond junior varsity, Grace Christian, Homer, Houston, Soldotna and Su-Valley.
The top three teams in each pool advance to Saturday’s platinum bracket, while the rest of the teams will fill out the gold and silver brackets.
The Bears (2-4 overall) fared exceptionally well in its last tournament, placing fifth in the gold bracket of the West Spiketacular.