Petersburg High School’s swimming teams opened up the season in Sitka last weekend and the boys team took first place on Saturday.

The PHS swimmers have been in the pool practicing for three weeks. Coach Andy Carlisle said it’s a big squad this year.

“We have a pretty big team, one of the biggest I’ve had,” Carlisle said. “We have 17 on the roster and we have nine girls and eight boys and a pretty good mix of experienced kids and not so experienced kids. Yeah it’s really good.”

The swimmers were competing against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and the host Sitka Wolves. The PHS boys took second on Friday and first on Saturday. The girls team was third both days.

On Friday, Ben Higgins took first in the 100 and 200 free style. Alyssa Guthrie was first in the 500 free and the boys 400 free relay team came out on top. The on Saturday, Higgins was first in the 50 free and 500 free. Izabelle Ith was first in the 50 free. Van Abbott was first in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke and the boys 200 free relay teams took the top two spots.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with Carlisle about the opening meet.

The teams are off this weekend and head to Juneau the following weekend. The only home meet for the swimmers is September 30th and October 1st.