Aspen Speedos excel in Montrose
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
MONTROSE, Colo. – Illness may be the only thing that can slow the Aspen swim team.
While ailments sidelined three key contributors (Kelcie Gerson, Max Bryant and Jackson Landis) this past weekend in Montrose, those local swimmers that did make it into the pool made quite a splash for the Speedos, who wound up fourth.
“I was disappointed I didn’t have my full crew … but there were a lot of good individual performances and we did as well as we could have expected team-wise,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday.
Here are some of the meet’s highlights:
• Sam Richie won seven of his eight events. He nearly produced a clean sweep; the 10-year-old lost the lead on the final lap in the 100 backstroke.
• Kelli Callahan picked up six victories and established six personal bests.
• Relative newcomer Charlie Mechling, once a standout for Team Sopris, won six of her eight events and finished second twice.
“She’s experienced and is a hard worker. … She’s really helped raise the game of some of those around her,” Gerson said. “It’s fun to have her and [sister] Maddie on the team.”
• Maddie Mechling finished first four times and in the top four all eight times she took to the pool.
• Claire Collier won three times and set five personal bests – an impressive feat considering the Speedos “didn’t pull back the throttle at all during training” during the week leading up to the meet, coach Gerson said.
• Jack Bowers picked up one win and seven top-three finishes.
• August Richie cracked the top three seven times.
• Kim Sandbach won the 50 backstroke, was second twice and third twice.
• Pascale Augsperger finished second in the 50 breaststroke in her first meet competing in the 13- to 14-year-old age group.
• Everett Olson wound up second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke.
• Sophia Perry took second in the 25 breaststroke.
• Nathan Cherry finished third in the 100 breaststroke and dropped time in five disciplines.
• Leigh Sandbach took third in the 50 breaststroke.
• Sophia Rodriguez produced best times in all eight of her events.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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