Aspen High girls swim team takes third at home meet with state looming

The Aspen High School girls swim team hosted its lone home meet of the season on Friday at the Aspen Recreation Center pool, finishing third behind Summit County and Gunnison. Moffat County was fourth.

“I would say overall the team effort and spirit was amazing,” AHS coach Kathleen Callahan said. “We had four girls out due to illness. They just came off of finals and a hard week of training. And this is the slowest pool in the league. We are the highest pool altitude wise, so some of them got best times, which shocked me.”

Junior Davy Brown and senior Emily Driscoll each had their typical strong showings. Brown won both the 50 free and 100 backstroke, while Driscoll won the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

Aspen freshman Emily Kinney won the 100 breastroke while AHS had relay wins in the 200 free and 200 medley. Taylor Pattillo was second in the 200 IM and third in the 500 free.

Next, the Skiers will compete at the conference championships Feb. 2-3 in Grand Junction before heading to the state swim meet in Thornton on Feb. 8-10, where AHS will try and defend its Class 3A state championship.

“It would be a surprise to hold our title. I wish we could, but we’ll see,” Callahan said. “We set the bar really high, and we don’t have the depth I would like to have, but I think in a couple of years knowing what is coming up the pike, we’ll definitely be back on top.”