Aspen swimmers stand out at Glenwood meet
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Aspen Swim Club traveled to this past weekend’s meet in Glenwood Springs without three of its top swimmers in tow. Still, there was no shortage of strong performances in the team’s first meet of the summer season.
While the meet’s format was uncommon – in lieu of team results, swimmers accrued points by totaling their times in a series of events, emphasizing one’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in all strokes – the Speedos were up to the challenge.
Of the 29 Aspen athletes who attended Saturday’ and Sunday’s meet, 14 finished in the top three in the “challenges” in their respective age groups and were awarded with trophies.
“I think this was a good meet to have early in the season. It gave them a chance to try some things outside their comfort zone … or things they might not have tried,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday. “I’m certain there was some trepidation involved with a lot swimmers … but there were also a lot of smiles afterward.”
Here are the weekend’s highlights:
• August Richie and Andrew Sprenger finished second and third, respectively, in the boys 6-and-under individual medley challenge.
• Lewis Brown finished first in his challenge, while fellow 7-year-old Stefani Wojcik took third. Of the seven events she swam during the weekend, Wojcik competed in three for the first time and established new personal bests in four.
• Spencer Perley wound up third among 8-year-olds.
• Libby Reagan won her challenge, which consisted of 100s in all four strokes. Fellow 10-year-old Davy Brown was second.
• Sam Richie finished second in the 10-and-under division.
• Hunter Bryant and Pascale Augsperger finished first and third, respectively, in the 12-and-under division.
• Jackson Landis wound up third among boys 13 and under.
• Dominique Wojcik claimed a challenge victory among 14-and-under swimmers, while teammate Kelli Callahan was third.
Callahan also took fourth in a grueling distance challenge – a 400 IM, 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle. Team standout Kelcie Gerson was expected to compete in those races, too, but was a late scratch because of a lingering right shoulder injury.
She was one of three regulars who did not swim in Glenwood; Michael Zimet was sick and Max Bryant was competing for Glenwood Springs High School at the 4A state meet. There, Bryant finished eighth in the 500 free, becoming one of just two freshmen to qualify for a championship final.
• Fellow 15-year-old Claire Collier was in Glenwood, and she secured a trophy after placing third among girls 15 and older.
“Getting everybody more expertise with the strokes, getting them stronger … that’s what it’s all about,” coach Gerson said.
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