Aspen swimmer Roberts commits to Colorado State |

Aspen swimmer Roberts commits to Colorado State

Phil Sandoval
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

As a swimmer, Aspen’s Alina Roberts has earned a cache of gold medals.

But last week, before starting her senior season with Glenwood Springs High School, Roberts received her biggest individual prize of the year.

The Aspen High senior ” who competes for the Glenwood Demons because AHS does not field a swim team ” signed a national letter of intent to swim with Colorado State University next year.

The early signing with a Division I university, Roberts said, allows her to concentrate on the current high school season, which started last week.

“I don’t have to worry about who to sign with now,” said Roberts, who was also recruited by Arizona State University and the University of Wyoming, as well as smaller colleges in-state.

Roberts’ reason for signing with CSU is twofold.

It allows her to be coached by John Mattos, whose 23-year tenure as Colorado State’s head women’s coach includes training 2000 Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.

And, by staying in Colorado, Roberts gets a chance to squeeze in a trip home to Aspen occasionally, and continue to swim with her younger sister, Keely, as members of the Sopris Barracudas club team this summer.

Roberts is one of 10 high school student-athletes who recently signed national letters of intent with Colorado State.

And with seven seniors departing CSU when the current swim season ends, Roberts could see plenty of competition time in the pool as a freshman.

Mattos discovered Roberts at a Junior Olympic meet in Fort Collins, where she was competing for the Barracudas.

“He saw me swim the 100-meter butterfly at that meet,” said Roberts. “He talked to me about the program, and I got to meet the team and see how close they all are, and it just fit.”

In preliminary conversations about her upcoming college career, Roberts said Mattos told her to concentrate on the 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, but the coach said she could be used in the longer events as well.

“I want to progress,” Roberts said. “I know that I can go a lot further in swimming and I’ve not hit my peak yet.”

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