Aspen Speedos relay team shines at sectional swim meet in Dallas
The Aspen Speedos swim club recently took a small contingent to the Four Corners Sectional meet, held March 16-19 in Lewisville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Open to swimmers from Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as a myriad of additional swimmers from the west, the regional meet was the de facto finale and major highlight of the short-course season.
“The overall result was pretty phenomenal. The girls came in 7th as a team,” Aspen Speedos coach Gordon Gerson said. “For a small town team like this to come in 7th at sectionals is really an outstanding accomplishment. There were some things that maybe could have gone better, but unless you win the Olympic gold medal there are always things that could go better.”
The strength of the Speedos came via the girls’ relay team of Kennidy Quist, L.J. Fetzko, Sarah Dipangrazio and Davy Brown. The foursome swam in five relays, with four top-10 finishes. They took fourth in the 800 free relay, 6th in the 200 free, 7th in the 400 free, 8th in the 200 medley and 12th in the 400 medley.
“All the times were team records, most of them by a good amount,” Gerson said. “I was really proud of the girls with how they rose above the stress of a big meet and functioned well as a team in that regard. That’s where the bulk of our team points came from.”
Quist, who will swim for Harvard University and recently led the Aspen High School girls swim team to the Class 3A state championship, led the Speedos in scoring. She was third in both the 100- and 200-freestyle events. All told, Quist swam in 17 races in four days.
“That’s brutal,” Gerson said. “It might have detracted a little bit from the individual performances for her, but the ability to bring it at that high level for 17 swims, because there is no slacking off, is incredible. This meet you had to work in the prelims just to make it to the finals.”
Before Quist gets to Harvard, she is qualified to compete at the Speedo Junior Nationals, held in August at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, New York. Fetzko, who attends Glenwood Springs High School, is close to qualifying.
Gerson said Quist is the first Aspen Speedos swimmer to qualify for junior nationals.
Before sectionals in Dallas, the Aspen Speedos sent three boys to the Colorado CSI Short Course Age Group Championships, held Feb. 24 to 26 in Thornton. It was the top swim meet in the state for 14 and under swimmers.
Micah Sanders-Silva led the Speedos with a 10th-place finish in the 50 breast. Shea Card was right behind him, taking 11th in a separate race. Card said of the seven events he swam, four were for personal best times.
“This is a fast meet and for these guys coming in with a top 10, Gavin had a top 20 time, at state is really impressive,” Gerson said. “Our whole goal for these guys is to get better and better until they are senior swimmers. All three of these guys had a great meet.”
Gavin Boggs, 9, also competed for the Speedos. It was his first time at state.
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