Aspen High girls swim team dominates at home
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School girls swim team is on a roll.
The Skiers, small in numbers but big in results, put on a dominating performance last weekend in their home meet, the annual Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).
The half-dozen AHS swimmers won every event they entered.
“We placed second overall, but we were outstanding,” said head coach Kathleen Callahan. “If we had more girls swimming, the outcome might have been different.”
Summit High School, with 27 swimmers, won the team title in Aspen last weekend.
The Aspen team was led by captain Kelli Callahan, who won both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.
She also paced the AHS relay teams to victories in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
“While it is hard not to be biased, I believe that Kelli has done a fantastic job as team captain with her positive attitude,” said Kathleen Callahan, also her mom.
She said sophomore sensation Kennidy Quist also had a strong showing. She won the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke
Quist also swam anchor on both winning relays.
“I can always count on Kennidy to be anchor on the relay,” Callahan said. “She has amazing speed and a very competitive attitude. That girl loves to win.”
Freshman Hannah Freeman joined both winning relays.
“She also won both of her individual events, the 200 and 100 freestyle,” Callahan said. “I look forward to what Hannah can do for the team in the future.”
She said freshman Emily Driscoll had the tough task of swimming the 500 freestyle.
“She did so beautifully, winning the race by lapping her competitors,” Callahan said. “That girl is like the Energizer bunny, she just keeps on going and going.”
Driscoll also swam on the 400 free relay.
Sophomore Lelia Arthur, who was recovering from illness, was able to secure a win in the 100 backstroke, Callahan said. She also was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Most of the AHS swimmers are products of the Aspen Speedos junior swim program.
“Senior Rosie Rushing, who has never swam before this November, did a stellar job,” Callahan said. In her first meet at home, she posted a sixth in the 100 breast and sixth in th 50 free.
“This is a great way to finish the regular season,” Callahan said. “We head to (the) Western Slope Championships this weekend and state championships the following weekend.”
The entire Aspen High School girls swim team has already prequalified for the state finals.
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