Aspen Speedos swim club to host rare home meet this weekend
It’s not the most important meet in terms of competition, but the Aspen swim club athletes still treat it like it’s a big deal.
“We only host two meets all year. It’s really a big important meet for our youngsters,” Aspen swim coach Gordon Gerson said. “Our home meets are the most important meets for them.”
The Aspen Speedos will host one of their two home meets this weekend at the Aspen Recreation Center pool. It’s only their second meet of the winter season. The Speedos opened competition two weeks ago in Durango, and won the meet with 24 children swimming.
“They all swam really well,” Gerson said of the first meet. “Younger kids make best times all the time. For the kids in my crew, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of best times, but they went out and raced hard.”
Gerson said 70 Aspen swimmers will compete this weekend, with a total of 220 swimmers representing nine teams completing the entire field. Only a handful of years ago, clubs like Aspen’s had to go to the Front Range more often than not for meets.
But, with swimming on the Western Slope being what it is today, meets like Aspen’s are able to happen.
“There is no need to go to Denver and face stiff competition early in the season,” Gerson said. “It’s more comfortable. I’d like to think of it for the younger guys, it’s a developmental meet, and for the older guys, it’s race practice.”
This weekend’s competition in Aspen is good training for bigger events this winter, including one in Las Vegas in December.
Action will take place both Saturday and Sunday at the Aspen Recreation Center pool. Warm-ups for the younger children start at 8 a.m. with events starting at 9. The older kids will hit the pool around noon both days, with distance events starting around 4:30 p.m.
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