Chaz VanSlyke is the Juneau Empire’s player of the week.
VanSlyke, a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaat.at Kalé, won two races last weekend at the Petersburg Invitational swimming meet. The ninth-grader won the 200-yard IM in 2 minutes, 6.56 seconds, on Friday, over three seconds in front of the second-place finisher. The following day, VanSlyke narrowly edged Ketchikan’s Bryce Mattson teammate Noah Loseby in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing first in 1:00.09, 0.04 and 0.61 seconds, respectively, in front of Mattson and Loseby.
The Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain High School will compete in the Region V Swimming Championships next weekend in Sitka.
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