Aspen Speedos win Sopris Deep Freeze title
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Speedos chilled the rest of the field to win the annual Sopris Deep Freeze swim meet in Glenwood Springs last weekend.
The Speedos, with a contingent of 55 swimmers, posted strong relay finishes as well as individual performances.
The Speedos also celebrated as two members of the team signed their letters of intent to swim in college.
Charlie Mechling of the Speedos, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, signed to swim at the University of South Dakota next year.
Speedos teammate Samantha Terranova signed to swim for the University of San Diego. Terranova is a senior at Steamboat Springs High but swims with the Aspen Speedos.
Charlie Mechling celebrated her college signing with a sweep of eight first-place finishes at the Sopris meet at the recreation center in Glenwood Springs.
She won the 100 butterfly, the 100 breast, the 100 freestyle, the 200 back, the 200 breast, the 200 free, the 200 individual medley and the 50 free.
“It was a good meet. I was really proud of how the kids swam,” head coach Gordon Gerson said, adding that the Speedos still were missing a few key swimmers — hockey players and top seniors Terranova and Kennidy Quist.
Terranova and Quist participated in a U.S. junior national training camp in Denver last weekend.
A few others participated in a hockey tournament.
“The swimmers who were there stepped up,” Gerson said. “I’m very enthusiastic about where we are with our training.”
He cited Charlie Mechling.
“I think this is one of the better meets she’s had,” Gerson said of her 8-for-8 meet.
“I have to believe she was so excited about signing (to swim in college). It’s something she’s been working on for a lot of years. She was pumped up.”
Sister Maddie Mechling won the 100 back, the mile and the 500 free, competing against older swimmers.
“She swam the mile for the first time ever,” Gerson said, explaining his philosophy of challenging the swimmers to compete outside their comfort zones.
Shea Card had eight first-place finishes, Gerson said, with five best times.
“He’s getting better and better,” he said of the 12-year-old.
Cole Petersen, after just returning to the team from a trip abroad, won two events and added six second-place finishes. And one third.
“Micah Sanders-Silva had eight firsts and a third. He’s rounding back into shape after having been sick,” Gerson said.
Kayla Tehrani (11) had one first place and six second places in Glenwood Springs. She also had a third.
“She’s still at the 11 end of the 11-12 age group,” Gerson said.
Pen White, 7, won the 25 backstroke in the 8-and-under division.
“She’s getting better and better. She had a couple seconds and a third,” Gerson said.
Sara Michelin, also 7, collected a first in the 25 fly 8-and-under. She also had two seconds, three thirds and a fourth-place finish.
Lillie Boggs won the 100 breast in the 12-and-under division. The 10-year-old Speedos swimmer also had two second-place swims and a pair of thirds.
Eight-year-old Mahaila Bouman won the 25 breast, won the 25 free and finished second in the 25 back and the 50 breast.
First-year Speedo Eva Boney, 7, collected two seconds, a third and a fourth.
“She is taking to it rather quickly,” Gerson said.
Davy Brown, 15, placed second in 100 back and third in the 200 breast in a limited weekend schedule, he said.
Jackson Callahan, 8, finished second in the 25 back for 8-and-under boys.
“Emily Driscoll won the 200 fly,” Gerson said, adding that she finished third in the 200 IM in the 13-and-over division.
Hannah Freeman finished third in the mile.
Quintessa Frisch, 8, added a third-place finish in the 25 breast.
Emily Kinney of the Speedos, 12, won the 200 breast, finished second in the 500 free and added a third in the 100 breast.
“She had all best times,” Gerson said.
Ten-year-old Molly McManus picked up a third in the 100 fly in Glenwood Springs.
Henry Mellenthin finished third in the 8-and-under 25 backstroke as a 6-year-old, the Aspen coach said.
Haver Muss-Nichols, 10, finished second in the 50 fly and third in the 10 back.
“Everett Olson had some nice swims. He got third in the 500 free,” he said as Olson balances swimming with competitive cross country skiing.
Andrew Sprenger, back after taking some time off, reeled in four second places and two thirds. He’s 10.
“He’s very enthusiastic right now,” Gerson said.
In relays, the Aspen Speedos piled up more points at the Sopris meet.
Emily Kinney, Gracie Brown, Lillie Boggs and Kayla Tehrani of the Speedos finished third in the 12-and-under 200 freestyle relay.
The Aspen boys team in the 12-and-unders won the 200 free relay behind Micah Sanders-Silva, Haver Muss-Nichols, Lewis Brown and Shea Card.
The Aspen girls freestyle relay team won in Glenwood behind Maddie Mechling, Davy Brown, Hannah Freeman and Charlie Mechling.
In the boys 200 free relay, Aspen’s Everett Olson, Nathan Cherry, Oliver Semple and Cole Petersen finished third.
The girls team of Gracie Brown, Emily Kinney, Kayla Tehrani and Lillie Boggs finished second in the 200 medley relay.
“Lewis Brown, Micah Sanders-Silva, Shea Card and Edwin Ryerson won their relay,” Gerson said of the boys 200 medley.
Davy Brown, Charlie Mechling, Maddie Mechling and Hannah Freeman also won the medley relay for the girls.
Everett Olson, Cole Petersen, Nathan Cherry and Tristan Silfverskiold teamed to finish third among the older boys.
“Across the board, outstanding performances,” Gerson said.
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