Aspen Speedos swim club wins Western Slope championship
When Aspen Swim Club coach Gordon Gerson broke his ankle a few weeks back, he decided on a pink cast, the Speedos’ official color.
Want to sign it? First, you’ll have to earn the chance in the pool.
“I told the kids if they wanted to sign it, they had to get a best time, and I’m pretty sure every kid was eligible,” Gerson said. “That was fun.”
The meet was the 2017 MAValanche Invitational last weekend in Grand Junction. While the meet did have a few Front Range teams, it serves as the de facto short course Western Slope championship, of which the Speedos have long dominated.
And that dominance didn’t end this season, with Aspen rolling to the meet title. The Speedos scored 3,316 points, followed by 2,557 from the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Maverick Aquatics, based out of Grand Junction, was third with 2,207 points.
“We are not sure how many that is, but it’s a good habit the team has gotten into of winning these things,” Gerson said. “It’s nice for the team to take a lot of pride in winning them. The kids swam really well.”
Highlights included sweeps from 14-year-old Shea Card and Aspen High School senior and Harvard commit Kennidy Quist. Others to land first-place finishes include Gavin Boggs, Davy Brown, L.J. Fetzko, Micah Sanders-Silva, Connor Somers, Wyatt Somers, Andrew Sprenger and Kayla Tehrani.
Key to the overall dominance were the relay teams, which despite an open field (there were no age groups), the Speedos were able to hold their own.
“The relays really set the table for the team to have a team victory,” Gerson said. “We won a lot of relays. When a meet is a team meet, the relays are really important for us.”
Swimmers who didn’t win a race but still had top-three performances include Lillie Boggs, Nathan Cherry, Emily Driscoll, Maia Ettlinger, Emily Kinney, Haver Muss-Nichols and Cole Petersen.
The Speedos next compete at a smaller meet in Montrose later this month, but otherwise enter a quiet stretch to allow the swimmers to focus on the girls high school season and larger upcoming meets, including sectionals in March.
“Everybody is more or less in a really good spot for the rest of the season,” Gerson said. “I think a lot of those results speak for themselves.”
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Overall state champions in high school skiing are determined by combining results from Alpine and Nordic. Aspen swept both the boys and girls state titles in 2020, just as they did in 2018. The AHS boys also won the state title in 2019, while the girls finished as the state runner-up.