Aspen Speedos heading to Western Slope meet
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Speedos are speeding up.
With the concluding meets of the summer season coming up in the next few weeks, the local Aspen junior swim club is swimming rapidly toward the end of the season.
Last weekend, the junior swimmers competed at a meet in Delta.
“Eight-year-olds Andrew Sprenger and Lillie Boggs led the 8-and-under session of the meet with three wins apiece,” said Jenny Roeder, who works with the younger Speedos swimmers.
“Lillie also qualified for the Western Slope Championships in the 10-and-under 200 individual medley on her first try,” Roeder said.
The Aspen Speedos coach said Gracie Brown, 7, finished first in the 25 backstroke. She also dropped 14 seconds off of her 100 individual medley time.
“Harry Valentine-Wilson had six personal-best times out of seven swims,” Roeder said of the Aspen 10-year-old. Davy Brown, 12, won all eight of her events last weekend, the coach said.
“Many of our kids made their qualification times for the Western Slope Championships,” she said of the upcoming meet in Montrose. “Gali Aviram swam a time trial to qualify in the 11-12 100 butterfly.”
Brother Eelan Aviram, 10, qualified in the 10-and-under 200 freestyle and 200 IM.
Other qualifications for the 10-and-under events included Spencer Perley in the 100 free and 200 IM, Andrew Perley in the 100 backstroke and Thomas Mellenthin in the 100 freestyle.
Haver Muss-Nichols dropped 7 seconds in the 8-and-under 25 breaststroke to take third place, Roeder said.
Oliver Semple won the 9-10 25 freestyle.
Lillie Boggs and Andrew Sprenger placed in the top three of all six of their events in the 8-and-under division.
With a full roster, the Aspen Speedos were able to field relay teams in the boys 8-and-under and boys 10-and-under
Finlay Lauer, Andrew Perley, Andrew Sprenger, and Haver Muss-Nichols teamed to win the 8-and-under 100 medley relay.
The freestyle team of Sprenger, Chase Kelly, James Mellenthin and Muss-Nichols finished second in the same division.
Spencer Perley, Aviram, Semple, and Thomas Mellenthin placed second in the 10-and-under 200 medley relay.
The 200 freesstyle team of Thomas Mellentin, Lochlan Lauer, Perley, and Aviram finished third.
“Next weekend, we will have 35 kids going to the Western Slope Championships,” said Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson.
“We’re usually at a huge disadvantage (in numbers). But not this time,” he said.
He said this will be one of the largest Speedos teams ever to compete at the Western Slope Championships.
The team will include Kelcie Gerson, daughter of the head coach, who broke a pool record last week and made a scholastic All-American team in the 200 backstroke.
“No one’s ever done that for us,” coach Gerson said.
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