Aspen Speedos second at home meet
June 29, 2011
ASPEN – Aspen swimmer Max Bryant called last Wednesday “one of the hardest days of my life.”
He and other Speedos veterans logged 13,000 yards in the pool during the day’s two practice sessions. All told, they swam about 50,000 yards in the week leading up to Saturday and Sunday’s home meet at the Aspen Recreation Center.
“Swimming in a meet after a week like that is tough,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson admitted Tuesday. “The idea for this meet was to try and race hard while tired. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do, but it pays dividends.”
Fatigue did not keep the Speedos from producing a host of impressive results over the weekend. Davy Brown and Sam Richie swept up, each winning all nine events they entered for Aspen, which wound up finishing second out of 15 teams.
Steamboat Springs, with 45 more swimmers than the Speedos (67 to 22), clinched the top spot.
“As a team, I was happy,” Gerson said. “These guys put out a really good effort.”
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Brown and Richie were not the only ones who looked right at home in the ARC pool. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:
• Bryant picked up wins in six events, was second twice and third once.
He was pushed both days; four of those races, which included Saturday night’s dramatic victory in the 500 freestyle, were decided by a total of just .26 seconds.
“I was in front most of the way, but in the last 100 [Grand Junction’s Carlos Matthews] picked it up,” Bryant said of the 500 free. “He was ahead going into the wall, but I just put my head down and went for it.”
Earlier Saturday, Bryant jumped out to a slight lead on Montrose’s Michael Barnosky in the 50 freestyle and hung on for a .02-second victory.
“[I was so tired] I felt like I was drowning out there,” said Bryant, who managed to produce two best times in the two days. “I won the high point, though, so I can’t be too upset about it.”
Bryant also teamed with Michael Zimet, Jackson Landis and Cole Peterson to finish second in the 400 medley relay.
• Christian Kelly picked up five wins as well as a second-, third- and fourth-place finish, securing the high-point crown among 8-and-under boys. Teammates Spencer Perley (seven top-five finishes) and Derek Brown (two seconds, one third and one fourth) wound up second and third, respectively.
Kelly, Perley, Richie and Austin Ferguson took second in the boys 10-and-under 200 medley relay. Kelly, Richie and Ferguson teamed with Cole Peterson to match that result in the 200 freestyle relay.
• Claire Collier won the 100 and 200 backstroke and finished third four times.
• Emily Driscoll picked up her first win ever, in the 500 freestyle, and produced seven personal bests in her nine events.
• Kelli Callahan showcased her consistency, recording three third-, three fourth- and three fifth-place finishes.
The 13-year-old teamed with Collier, Kaitlin Gerson and Lizzy Grater, a Speedos assistant coach, to take second in the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Grater, 23, also finished second in the 15-and-over 100 breaststroke and third in the 100 freestyle.
• Landis picked up a win in the 13-14 boys 500 freestyle – one of his six top-five results at the meet.
• Five-year-old August Richie won four events among boys 6 and under and took second in the 8-and-under 100 individual medley.
• Andrew Sprenger recorded three top-three finishes.
• Lelia Arthur scored five top-four finishes.
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