Aspen Swim Club takes second at Montrose behind girls’ first-place finish
The Aspen Swim Club continued its strong start to its winter short-course season this past weekend by taking second overall at the Montrose fall invitational. The host Marlins won the meet with 4,183 points, while Aspen finished with 3,493.5.
The Speedos were led by a first-place finish from their girls’ team.
“For having twice as many swimmers as us, it wasn’t exactly a runaway,” Aspen coach Gordon Gerson said of Montrose. “There was a strong team from Utah there that had about the same number of kids as we did, and we beat them, so that was a nice measuring stick.”
Aspen had its usual cast of characters on hand in Montrose. Coming off their dominance at the Speedos’ home meet in mid-October, the Boggs family once again cleaned house. Gavin Boggs, 9, and Lillie Boggs, 12, each won all nine of their events. Gunner Boggs, 5, came away with a first- and second-place finish.
Basalt’s Shea Card, 14, also went nine for nine in events won for the Speedos. Micah Sanders-Silva, 12, had six firsts and two seconds, while Davy Brown, 16, had six firsts and one second.
“For my crew, it was let’s go in tired and race fast,” Gerson said. “Race practice is an important part of racing at your best, and this meet for us was race practice.”
Other Aspen swimmers with first-place finishes included Whitney McManus, Calvin Somers, Olivia Somers and Kayla Tehrani. Swimmers with at least one second-place finish included Emily Driscoll, Bennett Jones, Laila Khan-Farooqi, Luna Murray, Everett Olson and Andrew Sprenger.
Gerson said Olson, 16, was the team’s breakout swimmer at the meet. Olson also runs cross country and is a Nordic skier for Aspen High School.
“He’s made a concentrated effort to keep his swimming up alongside that and he’s really starting to register some really solid times,” Gerson said. “I think he dropped time in every single event.”
The Speedos will compete at a meet this weekend in Glenwood Springs before sending a group to a larger regional meet in Las Vegas at the end of the month.
Of note, 2017 Aspen High graduate Kennidy Quist, who was an all-American for the Speedos and led the AHS girls’ swim team to the 3A state title last winter, is off to a hot start in college. A freshman at Harvard University, Quist took first this past weekend in the 500-yard freestyle at Columbia, her first collegiate meet.
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.