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Story, Brown lead Lady M's to 4th at home meet

September 14th, 2017 | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

Madison Story notched a pair of victories on Saturday and helped carry the Homer High School swim team to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Homer Invitational Swim Meet. The Lady Mariners rolled up 45 points in the meet, which featured 14 boys' and girls' programs from throughout the state.

Few swimmers enjoyed as much success in the pool as Story. She splashed her way to first in the girls' 200-yard intermediate and the 100-yard breaststroke, and then swam the anchor leg on the Lady Mariners' 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed third.

In the 200 IM, Story was among three HHS swimmers to turn in strong outings. The 14-year-old HHS standout posted a winning time if 2:18.12. Teammate Adeline Berry finished eighth overall at 2:36.32, while Chloe Bechtol was 11th at 2:47.13.

Story's winning mark in the 100-yard breaststroke was 1:10.78. Iris Downey and Elizabeth Love also did well in the race, finishing 13th and 16th, respectively.

The Lady Mariners' 400-yard freestyle squad of Ella Blanton-Yourkowski, Alia Bales, Bechtol and Story grabbed a bronze medal with a time of 4:05.56.

Blanton-Yourkowski also picked up a pair of third-place finishes in her individual events. She finished third in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Bales was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, while Love and Mia Groves took 15th and 16th, respectively. Bechtol was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke standings.

Annalynn Brown garnered the Lady Mariners' only other gold medal of the meet by taking the top spot in the 1-meter diving competition. Blanton-Yourkowski, Madison, Berry and Bechtol narrowly missed a medal in the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome turned in a time of 2:03.81 in the race and finished fourth overall.

In other races, Downey finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle, while Berry and Bales claimed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Groves was 15th in the race.

Berry, Bales, Love and Downey teamed to finish seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kodiak claimed the team championship with 113 points. Soldotna edged out Colony for third.


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