Top three high scoring teams seen here in Anchorage at this year's Alaska Swimming State Championship where the Glacier Swim Club took second place overall. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Glacier Swim Club takes 2nd place at Alaska State Championship

PJ Foy earns Outstanding Male Athlete.

The Glacier Swim Club came up big at this year’s state championship in Anchorage at the end of April with a number of team records and personal best times recorded just in time for the club’s 50th year in Juneau.

Glacier Swim Club placed second overall at the Alaska Swimming State Championships from April 27-30 in combined team points. GSC girls came in first place with the most points. Additionally, Valerie Pieman, Lily Frances, Samantha Schwarting and PJ Foy all received high point awards in their age groups.

Top three high scoring teams seen here in Anchorage at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship where the Glacier Swim Club took second place overall. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Top three high scoring teams seen here in Anchorage at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship where the Glacier Swim Club took second place overall. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Foy received Outstanding Male Athlete, and the John Abrams Outstanding Official Award went to Cathy Foy, while Scott Griffith received the Senior Coach of the Year Award.

Team records were open boys 100 back went to Foy, girls ages 15-16 200 free went to Schwarting, girls ages 13-14 1,000 and 1,650 free went to Peimann, plus girls ages 13-14 relays (4×50 free, 4×50 medley, 4×100 medley). Additionally, GSC earned two state records.

The state records broken were by the relay teams consisting of Dannan Mills, Pieman, Amy Liddle and Francis in the girls games ages 13-14, 400 medley relay, and 200 free relay.

Andrew Sanders and Liam Kiessling speaking to Glacier Swim Club coach Josiah Loseby after a race at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Andrew Sanders and Liam Kiessling speaking to Glacier Swim Club coach Josiah Loseby after a race at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Club captain Sven Rasmussen said swim clubs from all across the state competed in this year’s competition, which displayed “phenomenal performances” from all of the GSC swimmers, adding that the championship meet was a culmination of everyone’s hard work throughout the season.

“In terms of overall meet, I think everyone swam really well, lots of improvement,” Rasmussen said. “Some people had tough races, but part of the experience is being able to shake off those races and move onto the next one and still compete well even if you’ve had a bad race and not let it bog you down and I think we saw a lot of that at the meet.”

Glacier Swim Club swimmers Liam Kiessling, Sam Pallenberg, Andrew Sanders and Josh Edwards speaking to head coach Scott Griffith after the at the boys ages 13-14 relay race at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Glacier Swim Club swimmers Liam Kiessling, Sam Pallenberg, Andrew Sanders and Josh Edwards speaking to head coach Scott Griffith after the at the boys ages 13-14 relay race at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Foy said earning the outstanding male athlete title was a great honor that he felt grateful to achieve.

“I’m really glad that whoever votes on that thought that I represented Alaska in a way that they wanted or a way that I possess the qualities that they wanted to see,” Foy said. “That meet was a lot of fun because I was just able to see my friends a lot and it was just a good time to bond with friends.”

Even though it’s only Foy’s junior year at TMHS, he said he’s already committed to swim at the University of North Carolina. Next on Foy’s radar, he said he plans to focus on longer course training during summer meets Junior Nationals at the end of July in California.

Glacier Swim Club boys warming up for the meet at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage: Andrew Sanders, Liam Kiessling, Clive Mateo, Chris Degener, Chaz Van Slyke, Josh Edwards, Sven Rasmussen, Levi Phelps coach Josiah Loseby. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

Glacier Swim Club boys warming up for the meet at this year’s Alaska Swimming State Championship in Anchorage: Andrew Sanders, Liam Kiessling, Clive Mateo, Chris Degener, Chaz Van Slyke, Josh Edwards, Sven Rasmussen, Levi Phelps coach Josiah Loseby. (Courtesy Photo / Savona Kiessling)

“I’m going to try to base my sense off of longer distance so that I can be ready for the long course, which is a 50-meter pool instead of 25 yards,” Foy said. “Nationals is going to be really fun to compete against people I’ve never competed with, from the East Coast to the West Coast, it’ll be a lot of fun for me. Also, I really did enjoy being there for my team at state and helping the younger kids.”

A full list of results and times can be accessed at teamunify.com.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

Left to Right, Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith, Dannan Mills, Valerie Pieman, Amy Liddle, Lily Francis. This relay group broke two state records in the 13-14 ages Girls, 200 Free Relay, and the 400 Medley Relay. (Courtesy Photo / Scott Griffith)

Left to Right, Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith, Dannan Mills, Valerie Pieman, Amy Liddle, Lily Francis. This relay group broke two state records in the 13-14 ages Girls, 200 Free Relay, and the 400 Medley Relay. (Courtesy Photo / Scott Griffith)

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