Aspen Speedos impress at state
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Chalk up another milestone for the Aspen Speedos.
Two weeks after securing the program’s first-ever Western Slope title, all six local swimmers who made the trip to this past weekend’s 14-and-under state championships in Fort Collins scored points.
The Speedos wound up 25th.
“We had new faces on the block, and they stepped up,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday. “Nobody shirked the challenge.”
Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:
• Charlie Mechling kicked things off Friday with a string of strong results. Her personal best of 1 minute, 10.22 seconds helped propel the 13-year-old to an eighth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. She also took 10th in the 200 IM.
Mechling’s weekend also included a sixth-place result in the 200 breaststroke, a ninth in the 400 IM and a 14th in the butterfly. The top 20 swimmers in each discipline scored points.
• Sam Richie, the squad’s top point scorer, wound up ninth in the 200 IM, 10th in the 100 butterfly and 16th in the 50 butterfly on Day 1.
The 10-year-old also logged top-10 finishes in the 200 freestyle (seventh), 50 freestyle (eighth) and 100 butterfly (ninth) and took 12th in the 100 IM with a time of 30.49 seconds.
• Mechling’s younger sister, 10-year-old Maddie, picked up a pair of 16th-place finishes in the 50 and 200 freestyles Saturday. She also was 17th in the 50 butterfly.
• Kelli Callahan opted to sit out an event Saturday because of an illness. The move paid off; the 14-year-old, who won all six of her individual events and two relays at Western Slopes, posted a time of 54.94 seconds in Sunday’s 100 freestyle preliminaries. She ended up 10th.
• Sevi Multin and Everett Olson logged 16th-place finishes in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, respectively, in their first state appearances.
“They’d never done this before, so going to state, keeping it together, scoring points and getting best times is pretty cool,” Gerson said.
“It’s just a perpetual building process, and I don’t see any signs that we’re taking a break with this building.”
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