Aspen Speedos dive into new season at Sopris meet
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Speedos dove right into the pool to kick off the summer swim season.
The Aspen youth swim club joined the field for the annual Sopris IMX Challenge in Glenwood Springs.
The season-opening meet allows swimmers to compete in a variety of events in different combinations of distances.
The races were held at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center pool.
“Our highlights for our 8-and-under, Pen White won first place in the 8-and-under IM challenge,” Speedos assistant coach Jenny Roeder said. “Gavin Boggs had a second place in 8 and under boys (swimming the longer distances) in the sprint IM challenge.”
For ages 9-10, Lillie Boggs of the Speedos won first place in the sprint challenge. Carmen Gonzalez-Bringas was third.
Haver Muss-Nichols of the Speedos took first place in the 9-10 boys sprint IM challenge.
Savannah Scott, 9, added a fifth.
Estelle White collected a fourth place in her challenge.
Among the 11-12 age group, Aspen’s Ava Cherry finished sixth in the sprint challenge in Glenwood Springs.
Emily Kinney added a fourth in her mid-distance challenge races.
Owen McLernon of the Speedos was third in the sprint challenge for 11-12 boys.
Micah Sanders-Silva finished first his sprint challenge division.
Kayla Tehrani added a second in the mid-distance events.
Harry Valentine Wilson was fourth.
In the top age group for 13-and-over, Davy Brown was second in the mid-distance challenge. Lelia Arthur was seventh.
Nathan Cherry was second in the mid-distance for 13-and-over boys.
Aspen’s Emily Driscoll was fourth in the sprint challenge.
Hannah Freeman was first in the sprint challenge.
And Maddie Mechling was first in the mid-distance challenge in the 13-and-overs.
Teammate Everett Olson was first among the boys in the division.
The Aspen Speedos also dominated in the relay events at the first meet of the season.
They won the girls 200 free relay behind Maddie Mechling, Davy Brown, Emily Driscoll and Charley Mechling.
The Speedos were third in the 200 free relay behind Hannah Freeman, Emily Kinney, Kayla Tehrani and Lelia Arthur.
The boys open 200 free relay team of Everett Olson, Nathan Cherry, Micah Sanders-Silva and Owen McLernon finished second.
The team of Haver Muss-Nichols, Alex McAniff, Gavin Boggs and Harry Valentine-Wilson placed third.
The girls medley relay team also won first place behind Davy Brown, Charley Mechling, Emily Driscoll and Maddie Mechling.
And the Aspen boys medley team finished second with Everett Olson, Micah Sanders-Silva, Nathan Cherry and assistant coach Marshall Abramczyk.
“It’s a great meet for us,” Abramczyk said. “It’s short course yards, and the kids love it. They did really well.”
He said the meet is valuable as an opening event for the Aspen Speedos.
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