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Aspen Speedos rout rival Sopris

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoAspen Speedos athletes and coaches pose for a photo at the Aspen Recreation Center after Sunday's dual meet with the Sopris Barracudas.
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ASPEN – The Aspen Speedos rang in the new year with a resounding victory.

Every Speedos athlete who took to the Aspen Recreation Center pool scored points in Sunday’s dual meet against downvalley rival Sopris. As a result, Aspen cruised in its first meet in 2012.

The Aspen Speedos rang in the new year with a resounding victory.



Every Speedos athlete who took to the Aspen Recreation Center pool scored points in Sunday’s dual meet against downvalley rival Sopris. As a result, Aspen cruised in its first meet in 2012.

“I’m really happy. It was a total team effort,” Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday. “It was fun to see the kids get out there and support each other.”



Here are the meet highlights:

• Sam Richie won all four of his events and made his first Far Westerns cut – in the 100 butterfly.

Richie was one of three Aspen athletes (Christian Kelly and Maddie Mechling) to log four victories.

• Max Bryant, Kelli Callahan and Charlie Mechling – three of the five Speedos (Kelcie Gerson and Claire Collier) who will compete in this weekend’s Carmel Winter Invite in Indianapolis – each won all three of their events.

• Gerson picked up two wins in two swims. Collier won the 100 backstroke and finished second to Gerson in the 50 freestyle.

• Lelia Arthur won three events – the 100 IM, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke – and established four personal bests.

• Derek Brown, 7, won the 8-and-under 25 butterfly, 25 freestyle and 25 backstroke.

• Saverio Multin won the 11-12 boys 50 and 100 butterfly, the 100 IM and took second in the 50 freestyle.

• Nathan Cherry finished first in the 9-10 boys 50 breaststroke, 100 IM and 50 backstroke. His sister, 8-year-old Ava, logged four top-three finishes highlighted by a win in the 50 freestyle.

• Eliza Gregory, 10, won the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

• Everett Olson won the 9-10 boys 50 and 100 freestyle.

• Jackson Landis, 13, finished first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle.

• Kim Sandbach, 13, picked up wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

• Pascale Wojcik finished first or second in all four of her events in the 9-10 girls age group, including wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

• Emily Driscoll (50 freestyle), Hannah Freeman (100 backstroke) and Libby Reagan (200 IM) also logged wins.

“It was a good environment, a nice low-key meet,” coach Gerson said.

“Hopefully this gets kids looking forward to future meets, especially those who haven’t competed before.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com


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