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Aspen swimmers win their sixth straight WSL championship, head to state

Aided by coaches Jenny Roeder and Erin Hutchings, the Aspen Swim Club's 8-and-under group strikes a pose at the 2018 Western Slope League meet last weekened in Grand Junction.

About 15 years ago, when Gordon Gerson first got involved with the Aspen Swim Club, the Speedos tended to finish in the back of the pack in terms of the Western Slope League. Gerson very much remembers those days, so he understands what it means to win six straight WSL titles, like the club has now won.

"To have won it six years in a row is pretty exciting for the program, but not something to take for granted," said Gerson, the club's head coach. "I just hope to keep on building the program and getting a more solid team across the board."

The Speedos sixth straight championship came last weekend, when they won the 2018 WSL meet in Grand Junction. The results were one-sided, with Aspen finishing with 3,641.5 points. The next best was Maverick Aquatics and their 1,867.5 points, followed by Team Sopris's 1,685.5 points. The July 13 to 15 meet actually included two separate competitions, one being the 8-and-under short-course championship, followed by the main WSL long-course meet.

Aspen's 8-and-under crew had 487 points to win the team title there as well, with Gunnison coming in second with 362 points and Telluride third with 289 points.

Maya Khan-Farooqi, 7, had the most impressive meet for the Aspen 8-and-unders, winning twice and taking second twice. Andrew Gieszl also had a win in the 8-and-under meet, with Jacob Barrow and Thomas Zane each recording a third-place finish.

"I don't think we've ever won by as much as we did," Gerson said. "Not only was it an outstanding team effort in that regard, with everyone who swam scoring, but we also had five high points, meaning the kids who scored the most points for their age and gender."

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In the main meet, Aspen had three different swimmers come away with no less than six wins in the pool. Gavin Boggs, 10, was dominant, winning seven times with a second-place finish in eight events. William Jones, 12, matched Boggs with seven wins to go with his two third-place finishes. Gavin's older sister, Lillie, had six wins in the 13-14 girls division to go with a third-place finish.

Aspen High School senior-to-be Davy Brown won four times, with another two second-place finishes and one third-place finish.

Others with at least one win in the long-course meet include Shea Card, Emily Driscoll, L.J. Fetzko, Bennett Jones and Eddie Zane.

With the WSL title again in the bag, Aspen now turns its attention toward the state meets. This weekend in Thornton is the 13-and-up Senior States meet, which Aspen is sending a group of seven to compete in. The following weekend in Colorado Springs is the 12-and-under state championships, which will include six Aspen swimmers.

The summer long-course season wraps up at the end of the month with Senior Zones in Clovis, California.

"For a lot of the younger kids, and some of the older kids, it was their last meet of the season," Gerson said of the Western Slope meet. "For some kids it's the first of three championship meets."

acolbert@aspentimes.com