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Aspen Speedos pumped for first home meet

Elizabeth SeverySpecial to The Aspen Times

Aspen Speedos swimmer Rebecca Robinson, 11, trains for the 100-meter freestyle during a practice meet at the Aspen Recreation Center pool Wednesday morning. The Speedos are hosting their first meet this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

The Aspen Speedos swim team is hosting its inaugural meet at the James E. Moore Pool at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) this weekend.The Speedos, ranging in age from five to 18, have never hosted a home meet, so naturally they’re are looking forward to showing off both their new facility at the ARC and their talents. The meet starts Friday evening and runs all day Saturday and Sunday.Yesterday morning, the Speedos staged a practice meet to tune up for the weekend showcase.

“It’s a great step for us,” Speedos head coach Marc Teichman said of the big meet. “Hopefully the kids can get a little publicity, and people can learn about the program.”Eleven teams and 275 swimmers from across the Western Slope will descend on the ARC for the meet. As added incentive, winners in each of the 116 events will claim the title of “pool record holder.”The Speedos expect their stiffest competition will come from the Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs squads.

“All these teams are competitive,” Teichman said. “The kids have been working really hard.”The ARC’s high-tech scoreboard will be put to the ultimate test over the three-day meet as the swimmers compete in five age categories: 8 and under; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14 and 15 and over. The meet will also provide a chance for swimmers to try and meet qualifying times for the season-ending championship races – the July 22-24 Western Slope Championships and the Aug. 5-7 Summer Club Championships.

“A lot of our kids consistently make those [qualifying] times, and others are really trying to meet them,” Teichman said. “I really want to see individual qualifying times.”Some of the speediest Speedos will also be striving to post times fast enough to qualify for the state Junior Olympic meet, slated for July 28-31 in Grand Junction. Teichman and assistant coach Jenny Fadale, as well as the club volunteer parents, have been working with the swimmers since the beginning of May. The Speedos are accustomed to traveling to places like Rangely, Gunnison and Cortez for meets throughout the summer, so Teichman said they’re especially looking forward to a weekend at home, in familiar waters.”It’s going to be very exciting for us as a team – you get to sleep in your own bed, swim in your pool,” Teichman said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to have a home-field advantage.”