Aspen swimmers picking up speed |

Aspen swimmers picking up speed

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Charles Broshous

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Aspen’s girls swim team lost both of its duals Saturday in Grand Junction, but there was a silver lining.

“The losses don’t tell the whole story,” head coach Stewart Nixon wrote in an e-mail. “The girls swam very well and dropped more time compared to last week’s meets. They are responding to their training and that shows in their performances in the water. I am very pleased …”

What Nixon didn’t mention is that Aspen was also the smallest school at the “double dual” meet, held at Orchard Mesa Middle School.

Host Fruita Monument topped Aspen, 131-68, and Glenwood Springs beat Aspen, 130.5-64.5. All three schools swam concurrently but were then scored one-on-one. The two losses dropped Aspen to 2-3 this season.

Aspen’s top results came from Ali Kerr and Shannon Pierce.

Kerr picked up a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 1 minute, .26 seconds, while Pierce won gold in the 100-yard backstroke.

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The two also teamed up with Molly Rosenstein and Kaitlin Gerson to swim the third-fastest time in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 2 minutes, 15.52 seconds.

Hannah Gardenswartz was fourth fastest in the 200-yard freestyle (2:43.70); Gerson was third-fastest in the 200-yard IM (2:40:59); Rosenstein and Nicole Weiss were third- and fourth-fastest in the 50-yard freestyle (30:53, 31.92); and Rosenstein was third-fastest in the 100-yard fly (1:18.63).

Gardenswartz was fourth-fastest in the 500-yard freestyle (7:41.13) and Gerson was third-fastest in the 100-yard breast stroke (1:26.33).

Gerson, Weiss, Gardenswartz and Kerr were third-fastest in the 200-yard freestyle relay (2:07.74) and Rosenstein, Rachel Sher, Gardenswartz and Pierce were third-fastest in the 400-yard free relay (4:49.21).

Aspen’s next meet is Saturday at Montrose.