Relay teams score big at home
Warren Spencer claimed a bronze medal and the 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams both turned in solid performances on Saturday and led the Homer Mariners to a fifth-place finish in the boys' division at the 2017 Homer Invitational. In all, eight teams from throughout the state participated in the meet, which was held in the HHS pool.
Spencer highlighted the Mariners' efforts with a third-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition. He rolled up 215.15 points in the event, en route to becoming the only Homer athlete to medal.
The HHS 200-yard medley relay team of Jake Nelson, Griffin Downey, Clayton Arndt and Teddy Handley narrowly missed a trip to the medal stand. The foursome posted a time of 1:49.46 in the race and placed fourth overall. Nelson, Ian Cambridge, Willem Strydom and Arndt finished fourth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:12.02.
Individually, Downey, Arndt and Strydom did well in the meet. Downey swam his way to fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke, while Arndt was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly. Strydom was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke standings.
Nelson and Downey finished sixth and eighth, respectively in the butterfly race.
Handley also did well, taking sixth in the 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:55.08. Handley and Strydom also finished in the top 10 in the 200-yard intermediate race.
Kodiak won the boys' team crown by amassing 128 points in the meet. They easily outdistanced Soldotna, which finished a distant second with 52. Colony and Kenai Central finished third and fourth, respectively.
Final Team Standings
1. Kodiak, 128; 2. Soldotna, 52; 3. Colony, 47; 4. Kenai Central, 39; 5. Homer, 29; 6. Unalaska, 19; 7. Seward, 7; 8. Cordova, 6.