June 26, 2019

Chugiak girls, second; Eagle River boys, third, in CIC championship swim meet

Chugiak girls, second; Eagle River boys, third, in CIC championship swim meet


Eagle River High senior Blaise Fox-Icarro cruises to victory in the boys 100 fly final Saturday. Fox-Icarro, one of ten Wolves athletes to advance to this weekend’s state meet, won the event in 53.18 seconds, and was a member of the school’s 200 medley relay team that won as well.


The Chugiak Mustang girls swim team got the most of their numbers, placing second, as did the Eagle River boys team, finishing third, at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championship held Thursday through Saturday at the Bartlett High 50-meter pool.

And while the team titles eluded them, individual awards were plentiful, with both schools sending a strong contingent on to this week’s State AAAA Championships, also at Bartlett.

Eagle River junior Jami Stone broke a 16-year region mark of Chugiak graduate Laini Patterson with a score of 471.90 points.

Other Wolves winners included Jordyn Bruce (100 breaststroke) and Blaise Fox-Icarro in the 100 fly. Fox-Icarro teamed up with Bryce Carpener, Nigel Floyd and Bryce Fox-Icarro to win the 200 medley relay.

Chugiak had individual event double-winners in Emmie Jennings and Samantha Burke in the 50 free/100 free and 200 free/100 backstroke, respectively. The pair teamed up with Abby Blackstone and Cheyenne Burke to also win the 200 and 400 free relays.

Jennings set a new Chugiak school record in the 50 free, with a time of 23.99 seconds.

Chugiak’s top individual finish on the boys’ side was supplied by senior diver Shawn Fugere, who placed third.

Chugiak coach Anne Williams was named CIC coach of the year.

Select members from both Chugiak and Eagle River now ready for the state meet held Friday and Saturday, at Bartlett.

Chugiak qualified 11 members, with Eagle River sporting 10 state-bound athletes.

Kodiak had the most individuals in this weekend’s meet, with 23, while Dimond, winners of the CIC boys and girls titles, is second with 22.

Those representing the Mustangs include Hanna Babin, Abby Blackstone, Cheyenne Burke, Samantha Burke, Leslie Cockreham, Shawn Fugere, Chase Gates, Emmie Jennings, Kate Marshall, Isabella Watsjold and Bea Williams.

Eagle River Wolves moving on to state are Jordyn Bruce, Bryce Carpenter, Noah De Los Santos, Brandon Fast, Nigel Floyd, Blaise Fox-Icarro, Bryce Fox-Icarro, Mark Korzon, Brady McGee and Jami Stone.

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Chugiak girls, second; Eagle River boys, third, in CIC championship swim meet

CIC swim athletes prepare for Region and State meets

CIC swim athletes prepare for Region and State meets

Eagle River boys and Chugiak girls top contenders



Brothers Blaise (left) and Bryce Fox-Icarro have been a tour de force for the Eagle River Wolves boys swim team this season. Senior and sophomore, respectively, the pair have figured into top individual and relay team showings for the Wolves, including last Friday’s sweep over the host Bartlett Bears. Teams have a week ago from competition this week prior the Region Championships, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Bartlett.


Eagle River and Chugiak swimming teams saved their best efforts for last with the Wolves sweeping Bartlett and the Mustang girls putting a healthy scare into Dimond, in the regular season finales held Friday.

Chugiak coach Anne Williams said the girls did very well.

“I think this is the closest we’ve been to Dimond,” said the coach of her five-year tenure at Chugiak.

The loss was Chugiak’s only shortfall on the girls’ side this season.

Abby Blackstone and Emmie Jennings were both two-event individual victors, with Blackstone claiming the 200 and 500 freestyle events, both with personal records, and Jennings winning the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.

The Mustangs also won the 200 medley relay.

Things were not close on the boys side however, with Dimond doubling-down on the Mustangs, claiming top finish in each of the eight individual and three relay events.

Eagle River boys and girls teams swept the day against host Bartlett.

Senior Jordyn Bruce was a two-event winner, taking the 100 free and 100 breaststoke. Annika Goozen won the 200 IM, and diver Jami Stone continued her dominance in the region on the one-meter springboard.

Wolves coach Grant Gamblin said he has been very pleased with his team and feels that his boys team may be one to be reckoned with both at regions, in two weeks, and at state the following week.

Gamblin said that a good nucleus of the Wolves team is also on the KNIK Aquatics Club team he coaches outside the high school season.

The five-member core of Bryce Carpenter, Brandon Fast, Nigel Floyd, along with brothers Blaise and Bryce Fox-Icarro provide Gamblin with some freedom to move athletes around among their individual events, and still provide strong relay showings.

Gamblin admitted that areawide coaches would be working hard to put their best athletes into those events that will help teams succeed the most by advancing members to state.

In order to qualify for state, 16 will be chosen in individual events, with the two requirements being a finisher in the region finals and among the top 16 times statewide.

Gamblin hopes to take the school’s greatest number of swimmer to state.

“In my mind, I have a place where I would like them to swim. But we try to take their preferences into mind as well,” he said.

The Eagle River coach said he sees the boys faring well at regions and contending with South and Service among the second tier of schools, behind Dimond, West Valley and Kodiak in the top flight.

Gamblin said he sees the Chugiak girls contenting with Dimond and Kodiak for the girls state title.

Of course, a large part of that will be decided with swimmers qualifying for the big show during the regional meet, to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Bartlett High School.

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CIC swim athletes prepare for Region and State meets