Aspen Speedos rule home pool at Yellow Leaf Invite
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen swim team is back in the pool and back on top of the leaderboard.
Fresh off a successful summer, the Speedos opened the fall/winter season in style Saturday and Sunday, lapping the competition at the Yellow Leaf Invite at the Aspen Recreation Center.
Veterans Max Bryant and Kelcie Gerson combined for 15 wins in 18 events for the Speedos, who dominated the relays and scored 855 points – 322 more than their nearest competitor, Team Sopris.
Durango (329), Grand Junction (293.5) and Steamboat Springs (286) rounded out the Top 5.
“In the first meet you don’t necessarily expect the seasoned swimmers to be on their games,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday. “It was an excellent performance across the board.”
Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:
• Bryant continued where he left off this summer, picking up wins in eight of his nine events. His lone misstep came in the 13- to 14-year-old 200-yard breaststroke, where he was disqualified – a call Gerson described as “questionable.”
“Unfortunately, that was probably Max’s best swim of the meet. He broke the pool record by 6 seconds,” the coach added.
Bryant also teamed with Michael Zimet, Ford McClure and Derek Ridings to win the 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays. Aspen’s boys won all six of the meet’s relays.
Bryant’s brother, Hunter, also had a strong weekend with five victories.
• Kelcie Gerson scored the most points for the Speedos, winning seven of nine events entered and finishing second twice. Only Sopris’ Charlie Mechling scored more points on the girls side.
• Kelli Callahan, 12, picked up four wins and two second-place finishes in six starts.
• Speedos veteran Claire Collier picked up wins in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 100 and 200 backstroke. The 15-year-old cracked the Top 5 in all nine of her events.
• Davy Brown (9 years old), Elizabeth Reagan (9), William Heisler (6) and Derek Ridings picked up two wins apiece. Zimet (15), Jackson Landis (12) and 8-year-old Nathan Cherry each had one.
• Ten-year-old Jack Bowers impressed in the 9-10 age group, finishing first three times and second four times.
• The leap in age group did little to slow Sam Richie. The 9-year-old picked up one win and four second-place finishes.
Aspen returns to the pool Oct. 23-24 in Durango and Nov. 6-7 in Montrose.
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The third weekend of play begins Thursday and runs through Sunday with the Bantam B, Squirt A and Squirt B divisions. Because of safety protocols, spectators aren’t allowed.