Region VI swimming and diving champions crowned at Hamme Pool

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) West Valley dominated at the 2019 Region VI swimming and diving championships out at Hamme Pool.

The Wolfpack had 218 points, which is a 100 above second place. In the Girls 200 yard medley relay, the Wolfpack grabbed the gold, while North Pole took the boys. In the girls 200 free, Shannon McCallum for the Hutchison Hawks, and in the boys Kyan Harnum took home the gold by only .98 seconds. Then West Valley swept the 200 IM thanks to Patty Eppingher and Logan Fox. The girls 50 free saw Victoria Schachle win by .11 seconds for Monroe, and in the boys class, Ezra Billings took home first.

With a break in the action, the swimmers watched on for the diving events, as Grace Green of Hutch put on a show with a final score of 385.8 points, while Corbin Lambert scored a win for Lathrop.

Then in the 100 yard butterfly, North Pole's Travon Rodgers and Monroe's Jeannie Cook earned gold for their squads. Up next in the 100 free, West Valley's Billings got another gold while Lathrop's Katy McCarter struck gold. In the girls 500 free, Meah McCallum scored a win by only .4 seconds for the red and gold, while Fox another win for the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack won the 200 and 400 free relays, as well as the girls 100 backstroke with Heidi Billings. In the 100 breaststroke, Cook got Monroe another gold, and Hutch's Riley Gregor got first.

The Region VI swimmers who qualified for the state championships prepare for the finals starting on Friday at Bartlett High School with the preliminary events.

Combined Team Scores:

1) West Valley 218 pts

2) Hutchison 108 pts

3) North Pole 84 pts

4) Valdez 77 pts

5) Lathrop 73 pts

6) Monroe 32 pts

7) Bethel Regional 20 pts

8) Ben Eielson 2 pts

Event 1 Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay

West Valley: Patty Eppingher, Juliette Benson, Asyia Shank, Meah McCallum 1:55.34

Event 2 Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay

North Pole: Matthew Banaszewski, Patrick Conley, Derick Johnson, Travon Rodgers 1:47.94

Event 3 Girls 200 Free

Hutchison: Shannon McCallum 2:01:38

Event 4 Boys 200 Free

West Valley: Kyan Harnum 1:50.00

Event 5 Girls 200 IM

West Valley: Patty Eppingher 2:15.40

Event 6 Boys 200 IM

West Valley: Logan Fox 2:03.21

Event 7 Girls 50 Free

Monroe: Victoria Schachle 25.42

Event 8 Boys 50 Free

West Valley: Ezra Billings 21.88

Event 9 Girls Diving

Hutchison: Grace Greene 385.80 pts

Event 10 Boys Diving

Lathrop: Corbin Lambert 220.85 pts

Event 11 Girls 100 Butterfly

Monroe: Jeannie Cook 1:00.75

Event 12 Boys 100 Butterfly

North Pole: Travon Rodgers 56.07

Event 13 Girls 100 Free

Lathrop: Katy McCarter 53.89

Event 14 Boys 100 Free

West Valley: Ezra Billings 48.57

Event 15 Girls 500 Free

West Valley: Meah McCallum 5:24.43

Event 16 Boys 500 Free

West Valley: Logan Fox 4:55.63

Event 17 Girls 200 Yard Free Relay

West Valley: Patty Eppingher, Asyia Shank, Blaque Secor, Samantha Bristor 1:44.80

Event 18 Boys 200 Yard Free Relay

West Valley: Logan Fox, Gabriel Dennis, Kyan Harnum, Ezra Billings 1:31.51

Event 19 Girls 100 Backstroke

West Valley: Heidi Billings 59.26

Event 20 Boys 100 Backstroke

Valdez: Isaiah Silveria 59.15

Event 21 Girls 100 Breaststroke

Monroe: Jeannie Cook 1:07.35

Event 22 Boys 100 Breaststroke

Hutchison: Riley Gregor 1:04.97

Event 23 Girls 400 Free Relay

West Valley: Juliette Benson, Meah McCallum, Blaque Secor, Samantha Bristor 3:49.54

Event 24 Boys 400 Free Relay

West Valley: Logan Fox, Gabriel Dennis, Kyan Harnum, Ezra Billings 3:24.44