Haines Dolphins Lucia Chapell and Pacific Ricke returned from the 2020 Alaska Age Group Championship swim meet in Ketchikan where they competed against 22 teams from across the state.

“Both girls did really well,” Haines Dolphins coach Jackie St. Clair said. “It was Lucia’s first meet of the season and Pacific’s second meet. They were a little anxious because our season started later than usual, and athletes from other teams are several months of training ahead of them, but they both got best times and had some really great swims, which shows that they have more than made up for any time lost.”

Chapell placed second in the 200-meter individual medley and fourth in the 100-and 200-meter fly strokes.

Ricke placed first in the 400-meter individual medley, 500- and 200-meter freestyle, second in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley and third in the 50-meter backstroke.

The girls will start training for their next championship meet, the Junior Olympics, scheduled for the end of April.

“And between now and then they will be competing at local time trials, and at least one meet in Juneau,” St. Clair said. “Because of increased transportation costs and weather delays, the Dolphins have not been able to travel to any other meets this year, but we are hopeful with increased ferry service in April the team will get to swim in Juneau at Southeast Championships.”