Aspen High swimmers cruise
January 30, 2016
The Aspen High School girls swim team celebrated a meet championship last weekend.
The Skiers won the Lady Invitational in Summit County, defeating four teams by a large margin.
"This is our first win in several years," said coach Kathleen Callahan. "This was so exciting for the girls."
Team captain Kelli Callahan and team manager Kennidy Quist led the way to victory by winning their individual races and two relays, according to the AHS coach.
The meet started with a resounding win in the 200 medley relay for the Skiers behind Davy Brown, Kelli Callahan, Kennidy Quist and Emily Driscoll.
They won by more than 14 seconds.
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The 200 free relay (Brown, Callahan, Quist and Hannah Freeman) won by 10 seconds.
"I don't think there is a team in our league that can come close to touching our relays," coach Kathleeen Callahan said. "I am very excited to see what these girls do at states. They could very well have a podium finish."
The Skiers currently are ranked eighth in the state with only 11 swimmers.
Kelli Callahan won both the 100 free and the 100 backstroke.
Kennidy won both the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.
"These two are my go-to girls. I can always count on them to put in solid performances," the coach said.
In addition to swimming on the winning 200 free relay, Freeman had excellent results winning the 200 free and finishing second in the 100 free.
Driscoll was part of the winning 200 medley relay, and she also had strong finishes, winning the 500 free and placing third in the 100 fly.
"I'm really proud of our team and how hard we worked to get here," Driscoll said.
In addition to being on the two winning telay teams, freshman standout Davy Brown also won the 100 butterfly and finished second in the 100 breaststroke.
"The outstanding swim of the day came from freshmen Lilly Easterling," Callahan said."She dropped a whooping 4 seconds in the 100 free. This was totally unexpected as we were swimming at 9,000 feet. I did not expect to see best times at this meet, but Lilly has a very competitive spirit and surprised us all with how tough she really is."
Easterling finished 16th in the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Taylor Patillo also turned in great performances finishing second in the 200 IM and third in the 500 free.
"I look for great things from Taylor in the future," the AHS coach said.
Junior Lelia Arthur placed third in both the 200 free and the 100 free.
"It was really fun for our team to watch our girls sweep the 100 free (Kelli Callahan, Hannah Freeman and Lelia Arthur)."
Rounding out the meet, Aspen's Abby Easterling finished eighth in the 100 back and 21st in the 100 free.
Ashley Sprenger added an eighth in the 200 IM and a ninth in the 100 back.
Julia Haugen, who refined her start at this meet, finished 14th in the 100 back and 27th in the 50 free, the head coach said.
Freshmen Haugen, Abby Easterling and Lilly Easterling along with Driscoll, finished fifth in the 200 free relay. In the 200 medley relay Julia Haugen, Abby Easterling, Lilly Easterling and Freeman finished sixth.