Aspen Speedos dominate home swim meet |

Aspen Speedos dominate home swim meet

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The victorious Aspen Speedos sit for a team photo at the annual Aspen Invitational swim meet held at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) last weekend. The host Speedos dominated the meet, totaling 1,282.5 points. Steamboat Springs was second with 336. Team Sopris finished third (332).
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The Aspen Speedos are right at home at the Aspen Recreation Center pool.

They train there.

They compete there.

And they win there.

In dominating fashion.

The Aspen Speedos swim team dominated the annual Aspen Invitational last weekend, trumping a field of 11 youth swim teams from throughout Colorado.

The Speedos, led by longtime head coach and team director Gordon Gerson, overwhelmed the field with 1,282.5 points.

Steamboat Springs finshed second with 336 points.

Team Sopris was third with 332.

To total more than 1,200 points, the Speedos crowded into Sunday’s finals. Multiple pink Speedos swim caps jammed most of the finals in the two-day competition, which featured more than 200 individual swimmers.

Virtually all of the Speedos contributed to the team scoring in the dominating weekend performance.

Lillie Boggs, in the 10-and-under girls, won five events over the weekend including the 100 fly, the 200 free, the 200 individual medley, the 500 free and the 50 free.

Davy Brown, in the 13-14 division, also won five events. She was first in the 100 back, the 200 back, the 200 IM, the 400 IM and the 50 free. Gracey Brown, age 9, won the girls 100 backstroke.

Kelli Callahan was among the winners with a first in the 200 fly and a first in the 200 fly for the 15-and-over division. She’s 17.

Shea Card collected three first-places last weekend. Age 12, he won the 100 fly, the 50 breast and the 500 free.

Nathan Cherry, 13, won the 200 back in the 13-14 division.

Claire Collier collected a first in the 500 free for 15 and older.

Hannah Freeman of the Speedos, 14, won the 200 butterfly last weekend.

Delilah Hemstreet, age 8, finished first in the 25 breast for ages 7-8.

Ambler Henderson was first in the 25 back for ages 7-8 and first in the 25 free as well.

In the 6-and-under class, Aaron Levey won the 25 back and the 25 freestyle.

Avery Lieb, 8, finished first in the 25 fly for ages 7-8.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Mechling won five races at the home meet.

She won the 100 breast, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 free and the 50 free for 15-and-overs.

Maddie Mechling, 13, won the 100 free and the 200 free and the 500 free for ages 13-14.

Cole Petersen led the Speedos last weekend, winning all nine races — 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 500 free.

Timothy Rickard, age 10, added a first in the 200 free for 10-and-unders.

Micah Sanders-Silva, age 10, won the 100 back and the 100 free for 10-and-unders.

Kayla Tehrani of the Speedos, age 11, won the 200 breast and the 200 IM for ages 11-12.

Sam Terranova, age 17, won the 100 back, the 200 IM and the 500 IM.

Max Bryant, an Aspen High School graduate and swimmer at SMU, won four events last weekend in the 15-and-overs. Bryant, 19, won the 100 back, the 100 breast, the 100 fly and the 100 free.

Another collegiate swimmer, Kelcie Gerson of Columbia, also rejoined the Speedos this summer. She won the 200 back for ages 15-and-over last weekend.

The Speedos also captured a bevy of additional podium finishes in their annual home meet.

This week, many of the Speedos are participating in a swim camp at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.


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