Aspen Speedos set pool records at Montrose
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Speedos took their record-setting performances to Montrose last weekend.
The Speedos set a number of pool records at the annual Montrose Marlin Fall Open and posted an even bigger number of personal records.
“We had a nice contingent there,” Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson said. “The kids who were there swam really well.”
The Aspen junior swimmers finished a close second to host Montrose, even without the services of several older swimmers who had other commitments.
“This meet is kind of a measuring stick for us,” Gerson said. “All signs are favorable.”
The Speedos won among the 10-and-unders and among the girls.
“We had some good swims and some pleasant surprises,” Gerson said. “The season is off to a good start.”
He said 7-year-old Gavin Boggs won all of his races in the 8-and-under division.
“Micah Sanders-Silva won every race,” Gerson said. “That was eight races. He had some best times in the process.”
Likewise, Maddie Mechling of the Speedos won all of her races in Montrose.
“Maddie Mechling … set three pool records,” Gerson said.
Two of the Montrose pool records she broke previously belonged to Kelcie Gerson of the Speedos, now swimming at Columbia University.
“That was fun watching her at 13 break the (age) 13-14 pool record,” Gerson said. “It certainly speaks well for Maddie.”
Aspen’s Eddie Zane had four firsts and two seconds in the 8-and-under division, Gerson said, adding that he swam on a pair of winning relay teams.
Zane, Henry Mellenthin, Andrew Sprenger and Micah Sanders-Silva finshed first in the 100 free relay at Montrose.
Zane, Gavin Boggs, Sprenger, and Sanders-Silva “destroyed the pool record in the 10-and-under 100 medley relay,” Gerson said.
Sprenger also collected four seconds, two thirds and a fourth in individual races.
“Six-year-old Henry Mellenthin …won a couple of 6-and-under events. He seems to be enjoying it,” Gerson said.
He added that Owen McLernon “had a breakout meet.”
He won the 11-12 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle and added a second and a third.
“The person who gets better each time she swims is Kayla Tehrani,” Gerson said of the 11-year-old. “She got four firsts, a second and four thirds. She’s just 11 in the 11-12 age group.”
Swimmer Samantha Terranova, who lives in Steamboat Springs but competes with the Aspen Speedos, collected two firsts, four seconds and third and a fourth at Montrose.
The 18-year-old is set to swim at the University of San Diego next year.
Gerson said 17-year-old Charlie Mechling broke a prestigious pool record in Montrose.
She smashed the 100 IM pool record held by Emily Stuckey, who swims at the University of Wyoming.
“That’s an impressive record to break,” Gerson said.
In the same race, sister Maddie Mechling finished a close second and nearly broke the 13-14 age record held by her sister Charlie.
Charlie Mechling won three of her four individual races at Montrose.
She also teamed with Maddie, Hannah Freeman and Terranova to break the pool record in the 200 freestyle relay.
The record was one set last year by the Aspen Speedos (Charlie Mechling, Kelly Callahan, Kennidy Quist and Terranova).
“It’s all good. You set the record and watch your teammates break it.” Gerson said.
Freeman also finished third in the 50 free and the 100 free individual races at Montrose.
Gerson added that 10-year-old Lillie Boggs had a strong meet.
“She had a couple of firsts, a second, three thirds,” Gerson said. “Ava Cherry won the 100 fly. She’s been committing herself to swimming more lately and it shows in her results.”
Other top finishers for the Speedos included Emily Driscoll, 15, who had a second and several additional top 5s.
“Maia Ettlinger, 9 in the 9-10 category, got second in the 25 free. She had a lot of top 10s. She’s getting faster,” Gerson said.
Sister Siena Ettlinger, 6, is a new Speedo this season. She had a couple of first places in the 6-and-under division.
“Carmen Gonzalez-Bringas is new this year. She’s really taking to it,” Gerson said. “She was second in the 25 butterfly.”
Sophia Mandt added a third in the 100 fly for the Speedos
Madelyn McAllister collected a fourth in the 25 free, Gerson said, praising her enthusiasm.
Everett Olson finished second in the 50 fly as he balances swimming with cross country running and cross country ski racing.
Isabella Poschman, 10, finished third in the 25 fly.
Twin sister Willow added a fifth and a sixth at Montrose.
“Oliver Semple had a nice meet,” Gerson said.
He was second in the 50 breast and fourth in the 50 back and the 50 fly.
Deena Tehrani added two thirds and two fifths as an 8-year-old.
“Harry Valentine-Wilson had all top 6s in his races. He continues to improve,” Gerson said.
Ella Zane added a third in the 25 breast as a 10-year-old.
In relays, Maia Ettlinger, Macy Scherer, Ella Zane and Lillie Boggs teamed to win the 100 free relay for the girls.
Maddie McAllister, Ella Zane, Lillie Boggs and Macy Scherer won the 100 medley relay
The Aspen Speedos (a contingent of 55 swimmers) will compete in Glenwood Springs next weekend.
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