Lucas Petersen swims the butterfly during a Top of the World Swimming practice on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Lucas Petersen swims the butterfly during a Top of the World Swimming practice on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Local masters swimmers compete in California, bring home 5 medals, break record

A group of local masters swimmers, members of Top of the World Swimming, competed in 36 events in a national competition held in California last month. The group brought home five medals and a state record.

According to a release from the group, Kendra Ashwell, Carolann Barum, Johna Beech, Angie Brennan, Danny McIntosh, Lucas Petersen and Michelle Turinsky participated in the competition. They joined nine other Alaska swimmers, and more than 2,500 from around the country.

As a team, the swimmers brought home five individual medals.

Ashwell claimed a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, with a time of 5 minutes, 51.10 seconds.

Brennan secured a 10th place finish in the 50 breaststroke, with a time of 38.30 seconds.

Petersen landed a fifth-place finish in the 50 butterfly at 23.65 seconds, a seventh-place finish in the 100 IM at 56.21 seconds and a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle at 21.96 seconds.

Petersen was also part of a relay team for the 200 medley relay with other Alaska swimmers David Keddington, Leo Lemelson and Dirk Craft that set a new Alaska state record for their age group with a fourth place, finishing 1:43.83. Petersen performed the butterfly leg of the race.

For more information about Top of the World Swimming, including practices and their Adult Learn to Swim program, visit

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