Aspen swimmers seventh in Junction |

Aspen swimmers seventh in Junction

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – Claire Collier picked up one victory and set two new school records, helping lead the Aspen girls swimming and diving team to a seventh-place finish at this past weekend’s Western Slope conference meet in Grand Junction.

The Skiers, who had 11 participants, scored 152 points in the event, held Friday and Saturday at Mesa State’s El Pomar Natatorium. Montrose (654) captured the overall title, while Durango (423) and Gunnison (215) rounded out the top three.

“Our final placing doesn’t tell the whole story,” Aspen head coach Stewart Nixon said in a news release. “In prelims, out of 24 swims, we had 14 personal bests and in finals, out of 12 swims, we had seven personal bests. And we set three school records over the course of the meet. It’s not easy to come back the second day and swim better than the previous day, but for most of our events the girls did just that.”

Collier, who will be Aspen’s lone representative at the upcoming 4A state meet, led the way in Junction with a win in the 100 backstroke, setting a school record with a time of 1 minute, 2.49 seconds.

She followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly and teamed with Shannon Peirce, Molly Rosenstein and Keely Roberts to set a school record in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet also finished seventh in the 200 medley relay.

“All of our relays dropped time between prelims and finals, and everyone’s splits were faster as well,” Nixon said. “Quite a feat in my book.”

Peirce wound up fifth in the 100 backstroke, Roberts was sixth in the 100 breaststroke and Anna King took seventh in diving – besting her ninth-place finish in 2010.

Nixon was awarded Slope coach of the year honors.

“I was completely shocked. I didn’t even hear my named called,” he said.

“The award is usually given to the coach of the winning team, so I feel very honored that the other coaches voted to award it to me.”

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