Kodiak Boys Wrest State Championship From Dimond

The seven year streak by the Dimond Lynx of dominating swimming pools in the state came to an end over the weekend when Kodiak High School Bears wrenched the boys’ state title from their grasp.

Led by two state-record performances by Talon Lindquist, the Kodiak boys dominated Dimond with a 19-point margin of victory, 105 to 86. Third went to Thunder Mountain with 62, while Soldotna had 61.

Lindquist was the first Alaskan to break the 50-second mark in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 49.5-seconds, which broke his own record he set as a freshman. In the 200 freestyle, he also was the first to break an event barrier. He swam the 200 in 1-minute 39.78-seconds, to best the record set in 2008.

Lindquist was one of six swimmers at the meet to win two individual championships.

The Kodiak girls were fourth overall with 54 points. Dimond won with 95, followed by Juneau and Sitka, with Chugiak rounding out the top five.

The Bears were led by Marina Cummiskey, who found victory in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1-minute 53.72-seconds.

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