Wolfpack win fifth straight Region VI swimming title

FAIRBANKS-At the Region VI swimming and diving championship Saturday night in the Hamme Pool West Valley still rules the waters.

The girls team was led by Cassidy Heaton who won the 200 and 400 freestyle races. Zoe Thorsen also had two wins in the 100 breastroke and 200 individual medley. The lady Wolfpack won the 400, 200 relays as well en route to their title.

The Wolfpack boys swim team was just dominate winning nine of 11 events on championship Saturday. Richard Chen won the 100 and 200 freestyle for the Wolfpack. Ryan Nicholson won the 50 free. Tristan O'Donoghue won the 100 back and Tommy O'Donoghue won the 100 breastroke.

In diving Lathrop's Zachary won the region title and Emily Shipman was the region titleist for West Valley.

Hannah Boatman was a winner for North Pole in the 100 back and Kelsey Nore won the boys 500 free. The Patriots won the girls 200 IM relay and fielded a relay team for the first time in a while. North Pole was regional runner up in both girls and boys teams.

Luis Marquez won four titles, two individual events and two relays despite being ill as West Valley won its fifth straight Region VI championship.

Martha Hood won two events and was in her first regional championship meet coming from IDEA homeschools and swimming for North Pole. She was super excited about it.

"I got second last year at the 50 Free. The state champion didn't swim it this year so I'm super excited for that," Hood exclaimed. "The 100 fly felt great. I'm super excited for that, too. I didn't do my best times, but I know that at state I can, so I'm really excited about that," Hood.
Marquez was a bit under the weather this weekend but his team stepped up.

"It means quite a lot to know that I have good teammates that I can train with and still do what I need even though I'm sick. It just shows how hard we train every day," Marquez said.
"It's kind of hard to base all of our times off this region because it's kind of been slow for us," Tommy O'Donoghue said. "But I think we'll do well overall at state."