Fast swim training turns into fast times |

Fast swim training turns into fast times

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Sevi Multin, of the Aspen Speedos, charges down the pool during the MAValanche Open at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Multin won three events and finished second in three others.
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Armed with a new training regimen that features faster pacing at practice, the Aspen Speedos posted their fastest times of the season last weekend at the MAValanche Open in Grand Junction.

The Aspen swim club finished second in the meet with a roster of 32 swimmers. Sopris, from Glenwood Springs, won the event with 10 more competitors.

“I was really thrilled with the meet,” Aspen Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson said. Plus, he said, the Speedos had six event victories from Sam Richie that didn’t count toward the Speedos total because Richie just returned from Arizona and must swim unattached for six weeks.

“We had by far the most first places, not even counting Sam,” Gerson said of the Speedos’ 30 first-place finishes last weekend at Colorado Mesa University.

“As I told you before, we changed our training style a bit to shorter, high-interval training,” Gerson said. “A lot more quality swimming, a lot more race-pace swimming.”

Gerson said the Speeds seemed to enjoy the training change.

“For the second meet in a row, I can say the results were absolutely there,” Gerson said.

“This meet was particularly impressive for Madelyn Mechling and Davy Brown,” the Speedos head coach said.

“She (Mechling) won all of her events, and she dropped time in all but one,” he said of the 12-year-old. “And the 11-12 age group is a tough group.”

He said Davy Brown overcame a back issue from the fall and dazzled in the meet.

“This was her first meet of the year. It also was her first meet as a 12-year-old (up from 11-12). She improved every time she swam; prelims to finals, she got faster, too,” Gerson said.

He said brother Derek Brown, 9, won six first places out of his eight events.

“That’s pretty awesome there,” Gerson said.

He said Max Bryant also posted solid results.

“Max had his usual meet,” Gerson said of the Aspen High School senior, who will swim at SMU in Dallas next year. “And I put the workoad on him at the meet, too.”

The Speedos coach said Sevi Multin, 13, also had an outstanding meet in Grand Junction.

“Sevi had a great meet. Again, he’s only 13. He’s out there competing against guys with mustaches,” Grson said. “He got a best time in every event but one. And he had fairly significant time drops.”

Multin logged three firsts at Grand Junction.

“Sevi’s been working hard. He just moved back from Arizona last summer. He’s getting used to the (altitude),” Gerson said.

Other swimmers with top-three finishes include Kelli Callahan, Nathan Cherry, Emily Driscoll, Hanna Freeman and Charlton Mechling.

“Everett Olson had a real nice meet,” Gerson said, pointing to more best times. “It’s fun when he brings that 105 percent.

“Cole Petersen had a huge meet. Cole turned 13 the day after the meet,” Gerson said. “This was his graduation present to himself. Every swim he did was a best time.”

Micah Sanders-Silva added a second for the Speedos.


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