Aspen Speedos test metal detectors at Texas meet
The Aspen Times
When Kennidy Quist of the Aspen Speedos sent her carry-on bag through the airport scanner in Texas, the alarm sounded.
Too much heavy metal.
“Yes, they had to rescan her bag on the way home because she had too much metal in it,” Aspen Speedos head coach and director Gordon Gerson said after Quist collected three giant medals at the elite Futures Swim Meet in Austin last weekend. “The medals at the meet were really cool … big old things like Olympic medals.”
The whole team got a chuckle out of the airport rescan as the Speedos returned to Aspen after competing in their highest level meet of the season.
“It was a great way to finish the season,” Gerson said. “The swim of the meet would have to be Kennidy’s third place in the 100 free.”
He said her third-place time qualifies her for the Junior Nationals next summer as well as the Nationals next winter.
“It was one of the best times ever swum by anyone her age from Colorado,” Gerson said.
Quist also finished sixth in the 50 free at the Austin meet.
The Aspen Speedos coach said the Aspen relays teams, including Quist, also collected hardware at the University of Texas.
The Speedos were seventh in the 800 freestyle relay and eighth in the 400 free relay.
The relay teams included Charlie Mechling, Maddie Mechling, Kennidy Quist and Davy Brown.
In the 400 free relay, the Speedos swam a time that was 11 seconds faster than when they won the state championship.
That relay was one of the top-10 400 relays ever in Colorado for swimmers 18-and-under, Gerson said.
In the 800 free relay, Quist led off with a blistering time that was a Junior Nationals qualifier.
“That was a very impressive swim,” Gerson said.
The medley relay team finished 14th in Austin, he said, with Maddie Mechling swimming her fastest butterfly by a huge margin.
“As the youngster of the team, she really stepped up,” Gerson said.
“All three relays scored for us,” he said. “They were the best performing relays we’ve ever had.”
He said Charlie Mechling posted all best times over the weekend. She’ll head off to South Dakota for collegiate swimming.
“Davy Brown had a couple of best times,” Gerson said adding that Maddie Mechling is currently competing in the Age-Group Zones swim meet in Kearns, Utah, this week.
“Maddie swam great splits in all the relays,” he said.
L.J. Fetzko also joined the Speedos for the trip to Texas.
“She swam three events and a couple time trials,” Gerson said of the senior to be. “Her 400 free was impressive.”
The Speedos were Colorado’s top club team at the Futures meet for much of the competition before Highlands Ranch slipped past the Aspen swimmers as the No. 1 club from the state. The Speedos were second.
“It was a great achievement for the girls,” Gerson said.
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