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Gavin Boggs wins state title, sister shines as swimmers conclude season

Members of the Aspen Swim Club competed at senior zones in Clovis, California, earlier this month.

Anytime the Aspen Swim Club takes to the pool these days, a Boggs usually works his or her way into the conversation. And, per usual, a pair of them made noise as the Speedos recently wrapped up their summer long-course season.

At the top of that list can be 10-year-old Gavin Boggs, who won the 100 butterfly at the 12-and-under Colorado state championships, held July 27 to 29 at the Air Force Academy.

"I don't emphasize the importance of being a state champion when you are 10, but it's still nice," Aspen coach Gordon Gerson said. "It was a little unexpected. He wasn't the top seed in that event."

Aspen sent six swimmers to the 12-and-under meet, where they finished 23rd as a team. Gavin Boggs was "far and away" the team's leading point scorer, with finishes in the top 24 scoring in this particular meet. Other Gavin Boggs highlights included taking seventh in the 200 IM, second in the 50 breast, fourth in the 100 breast and eighth in the 50 fly.

"He was obviously very excited," Gerson said. "I get a little nervous when 10-and-unders win state championships, because a lot of times it's a kid who has worked out more than someone else, is bigger than someone else or whatever. But Gavin has maintained a healthy balance of all the sports. He's certainly not the biggest guy in the world. I don't see any reason he won't be able to continue to improve as time goes by."

Sara Michelin, 10, scored the second most points for Aspen in that meet, coming in 13th in the 200 free, 22nd in the 100 back and 24th in the 100 free. William Jones continued to showcase his rapid improvement by finishing 20th in the 400 free.

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Eddie Zane, Penelope White and Estelle White also competed at the meet.

A couple of weeks later, the older kids wrapped up their season at the 2018 Arena Western Zone Senior Championships, hosted by Clovis Swim Club just outside Fresno, California. With more than 1,200 swimmers competing, and some events having as many as 400 individual entrants, the meet is one of the largest the Aspen swimmers are able to get to each year outside of something like the difficult to qualify for Junior Nationals.

On the final day of the competition, held July 31 to Aug. 4, it was Gavin's older sister that scored Aspen's only points of the meet. Lillie Boggs, 13, finished 10th in the 19-and-under 1,500 free, shaving more than 39 seconds off her previous best time. According to Gerson, her time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds is the 33rd fastest time in the country this year for 13-year-olds.

"It was a very impressive swim," Gerson said.

Lillie Boggs also finished 24th in both the 200 breast and the 800 free.

Davy Brown, 17, was 29th in the 200 back, while Shea Card, 15, was 21st in the 100 back and 22nd in the 200 IM. Gerson said Emily Driscoll, 18, was having a strong meet but fell ill before she could compete in her two best events. Driscoll, a recent Aspen High School graduate, will swim for Occidental College in California.

Bennett Jones, Laila Khan-Farooqi and Kayla Tehrani all represented Aspen in Fresno, as well. Gerson said it was the first time any of them had experienced a "next-level meet" before.

The Aspen Swim Club is now on break — a "massive three week break," according to Gerson — before they start up their winter short-course training Aug. 27. The club is always looking for new members.

The Speedos next meet will be their home meet Oct. 13 and 14 at the Aspen Recreation Center pool.

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