Aspen High girls swim team breaks records
The Aspen Times
The Skiers keep winning races and setting records in the pool.
The Aspen High School girls swim team extended its streak last weekend at the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction, winning five events.
And setting five school records in the process.
“The team was amazing this weekend,” head coach Kathleen Callahan said. “We won five events and finished seventh overall.”
She said the team is expecting even faster times at the state championships, scheduled for next weekend.
Standout sophomore Kennidy Quist led the team, winning both of her individual events setting school records in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, swimming her personal-best times.
“Kennidy is an amazing sprinter,” Callahan said. “She is a very strong and powerful swimmer.”
Team captain Kelli Callahan won the 200 free, breaking the school record.
She was just out-touched in the 100 fly, finishing second in a near school-record time.
Callahan will have her eye on that school record at the state meet, which will be held at the VMAC in Thornton.
“Kelli had an outstanding meet and is looking forward to the state championships,” the head coach said.
“Freshman standout Emily Driscoll also had great results,” Callahan said. “She placed third in the 100 fly with a personal best that qualified her for state.”
Driscoll also was third in the 500 free in a state-qualifying, personal-best time.
“Emily … just brought it this weekend. I am so happy she will be swimming in two individual events at states,” Callahan said.
Aspen freshman Hannah Freeman also qualified for states in the 200 free, placing eighth.
She finished 10th in the 100 free.
Rosie Rushing did not make the finals at the Western Slope Championships but dropped two seconds in her 50 and 100 free, Callahan said.
Kelli Callahan, Quist, Driscoll and Freeman teamed up for a win and a school record in the 400 free relay.
“The most exciting race of the weekend had to be the 200 free relay with Aspen and Glenwood Springs finishing in a tie,” Callahan said. The Skiers broke the school record in the relay.
Lelia Arthur was not able to attend the Western Slope Championships because of illness, Callahan said.
The team celebrated with their traditional tiaras and tutus.
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