Aspen Speedos inundate Western Slope foes |

Aspen Speedos inundate Western Slope foes

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Shea Card of the Aspen Speedos drives through the water at the El Pomar Natatorium on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
Courtesy photo by Hannah Freeman |

The Aspen Speedos inundated the field at the annual Western Slope Swimming Championships.

The Speedos dominated in team scoring last weekend at the El Pomar Natatorium on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

The Aspen swim club totaled 3,528 points over the two-day Western Slope Championships.

The host Mavs club finished second with 2,258.5 points. Gunnison was third at 2,221.

Montrose was fourth with Team Sopris second, followed by Steamboat Springs, Durango, Cortez, Delta, Rangely, Craig, Telluride and Pagosa Springs.

“The little kids started us off with a very nice performance …then the big kids took over and finished off the deal,” said Aspen Speedos head coach and director Gordon Gerson. “It’s gratifying to see all the kids’ hard work pay off. I think they take a lot of pride in being the Western Slope champs.”

He said several of the Speedos will have even bigger meets in the coming weeks — Futures and Zones.

In the meantime, several Speedos posted state-qualifying times over the weekend.

“Gavin Boggs, Shea Card and Micah Sanders-Silvea each won the high-point in their age group,” Gerson said.

Boggs was the biggest point-scorer for the Speedos at the Western Slope meet.

Competing among the 10-and-unders, 8-year-old Gavin won two events and nearly made state times. He added a pair of second places and two more third-place finishes.

He’ll head to state as a member of an Aspen 12-and-under relay team.

“Shea (Card) had …. six first places, a second, a third and a fourth. He had a really nice meet,” Gerson said. “He only 13 in the 13-14 age group.”

Davy Brown won the 100 back, 200 back and finshed second in the 50 free and third in the 400 individual medley, Gerson said.

Gracey Brown won the 400 free in her age division.

“Nathan (Cherry) had a nice meet … a couple firsts, a couple seconds, three thirds,” Gerson said. “He made his first state-qual times as a 13-year-old.”

Owen McLernon won the 100 butterfly and was third in the 100 free and third in the 200 IM.

“Charlie Mechling had a nice consistent meet. Her main meet with be Futures in Austin, Texas,” Gerson said. She posted a handful of seconds, thirds and fourths last weekend.

“Maddie (Mechling) just missed high-point in her age group,” Gerson said. “She had three firsts and six seconds in nine events.”

Sevi Multin is back in the Speedos’ lineup.

“He dropped a lot of time in his events. He had a bunch of second places,” Gerson said.

Cole Petersen, competing in the oldest division, added a second and five thirds as a 15-year-old.

Kennidy Quist, named a high school All-American earlier last week, celebrated with six first-place finishes in Grand Junction. She had a second and a third as well.

“Micah (Sanders-Silva) had quite a solid meet for someone who’s been traveling a lot this summer,” Gerson said. “He’s a great competitor.”

He had four firsts, four seconds and a third.

Kayla Tehrani won the 200 IM and the 50 free and qualified for state for the Speedos.

Eddie Zane won the 100 fly. He added three seconds and a third.

Among the younger swimmers (8-and-under), Gavin Boggs won all four of his events. And the Aspen boys 8-and-under relays both won last weekend. The relay teams included Harry Mellenthin, Luka Smalls, Max Callahan and Boggs.

Sarah Michelin nearly had the high point in her division for the Speedos.

“She still had a spectacular meet. She had a two firsts and a second,” Gerson said.

Whitney McManis had a couple of top-five finishes, he said.

Siena Ettlinger, 6, won the 25 free and got third in the 25 breast in the 8-and-under category.

“The relays to me are super important. If you do well in relays, it’s a commentary on the whole team,” Gerson said.

The Aspen girls 10-and-under 200 free relay finished third behind Maia Ettlinger, Siena Ettlinger, Mahaila Bouman and Gracie Brown. The boys 200 free relay team finished first behind Eddie Zane, Max Callahan, Jackson Callahan and Gavin Boggs.

The Aspen girls 200 free relay team was second with Emily Kinney, Lillie Boggs, Bennett Jones and Kayla Tehrani.

The boys 200 free relay team, 14-and-under, finished second behind Nathan Cherry, Micah Sanders-Silva, Owen McLernon and Shea Card.

Charlie Mechling, Maddie Mechling, Davy Brown and Kennidy Quist teamed to finish first in the girls 400 free relay.

In the 12-and-under girls 200 medley, Aspen finished first with Lillie Boggs, Emily Kinney, Kayla Tehrani and Ava Cherry.

Also finishing first was the Aspen boys 12-and-under medley relay — Lewis Brown, Micah Sanders-Silva, Gavin Boggs and Owen McLernon. They also posted a state time.

And Aspen’s girls 400 medley team won with Davy Brown, Kennidy Quist, Samantha Terranova and Charlie Mechling.

“For me the Western Slope meet is about measuring ourselves as a team,” Gerson said, “and the team got an ‘A.’”


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