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John Glenn has its way with Alpena

September 16, 2008

The Alpena swim team is glad to be done with Bay City John Glenn.

The Wildcats (1-4) fell to the Bobcats (4-0) 125-44 Tuesday at the Plaza Pool.

John Glenn placed first in every event, and finished first through third in four events.

"Big time," said Alpena Brandy Norton, when asked if this was the best team Alpena would face this season. "When you swim a team like this it's a gift because they will push you. You can see the times drop."

Alpena's best event was the 100 breaststroke. Emily McAnsh finished eight-tenths of a second behind first place at 1:22.12, and Taylor Allen was right behind her at 1:22.63. McAnsh also had a second in the 200 medley (2:42.66), and Allen a third in the 50 freestyle (28.60).

Heather Kane was the other top three individual finisher with a 7:27.87.

The relay team of Jenna Werda, Jordan DeGraaf, McAnsh and Rebecca Truman finished second in the 400 freestyle (4:41.77), and Kane, Allen, Dana Sutherland and Werda placed third in the 200 medley (2:20.99). The 200 freestyle relay team of McAnsh, DeGraaf, Allen and Truman placed third with a 1:58.40.

"We didn't have a lot of time to address the things we needed to fix," said Norton.

Nothing could go wrong for John Glenn.

Even Brianna Williams, who is the team's diver, nearly swam a Division 3 state qualifying time in the 50 freestyle with a 27.03. The state qualifying time is 26.19.

"She practices for 20 minutes, dove in and nearly gets a qualifying time," said John Glenn coach Matthew Beattie. "It was a great swim."

Beattie said the hard work in practice and the off-season has paid off in the meets.

"We practice three days a week, two and half hours in the summer," said Beattie. "We are sore and aching, but we work our butts off."

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