Aspen Speedos make big splash in California
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Speedos made a big splash last week — outside Colorado.
The Aspen youth swimmers competed in the annual Far Westerns Championships in Northern California, swimming against the top young swimmers in the West.
“We had seven kids go to Far Westerns, and they did fantastic,” said head coach and Speedos director Gordon Gerson. “We usually take two or three. But to take seven (swimmers) was fun.”
The Speedos, with their small contingent, still finished 25th out of 145 teams.
The Aspen swimmers also lost out on relay points because there were no relay events for the older swimmers.
“We would have done very well in the relays if they had had them,” Gerson said, adding that Kennidy Quist and Charlie Mechling set the pace for the Speedos at Far Westerns.
Quist totaled a team-high 40 points. Mechling piled up 25 points in the elite meet.
Quist broke the 1:50 mark and finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:49.47), Gerson said. She also was third in the 100 freestyle (51.49).
Quist added a third in the 50 free (23.7) along with a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (57.59). The Aspen swimmer was sixth in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 100 breast.
“She had real outstanding performances across the board against really good swimmers,” Gerson said.
Teammate Charlie Mechling posted a best time and finished third in the 200 free (1:59.1). She also collected an eighth place in the 200 back (2:07.79) as well as a sixth in the 50 freestyle (24.45). That was another best time for her, Gerson said.
“She had either all lifetime bests or season bests,” Gerson said. “This was her best meet in a long time.”
He said Aspen’s Davy Brown posted a fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:05.47).
Samantha Terranova, the Steamboat Springs swimmer who competes with the Aspen Speedos, finished seventh in the 200 back (2:08.07) and ninth in the 400 IM (4:42.17).
Aspen’s Kelli Callahan finished eighth in the 400 IM in 4:37.39.
Cole Petersen swam all the distance freestyle races in California.
“This was his first big meet like this,” Gerson said. He posted a club-best 16:56 for the mile.
“That’s the first time anyone on our team has been under 17 minutes (in the mile),” Gerson said.
He also posted a best time of 4:57.93 in the 500 freestyle. And he had a best time in the 1,000 as well.
Maddie Mechling also swam for the Speedos in the tough 13-14 age group.
“That was good experience for her,” Gerson said.
The Speedos, along with their traveling companions from Montrose, also managed a tour of San Francisco, including Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz.
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