Aspen Swim Club drops plenty of time at silver state swim meet in Denver |

Aspen Swim Club drops plenty of time at silver state swim meet in Denver

The Aspen Swim Club had seven athletes compete March 2-4 at the Colorado Swimming Short Course 14 and Under Silver State meet at the University of Denver.

Coming off a strong performance at Age Group States a week prior, expectations were equally as high for this meet.

“We were hoping this one would go well, and this one went well,” coach Gordon Gerson said. “I consider these meets every bit as important in the development of the athlete as the higher-level meets.”

Sara Michelin, 10, had one of the more impressive meets, recording best times in each of her four events. She won the 200 freestyle, took third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke. She also finished 11th in the 200 IM.

Kayla Tehrani also recorded numerous best times, taking second in the 100 back, second in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 IM.

William Jones had a surprising meet, dropping time in both the 200 free and 500 free. He entered the 200 free seeded 34th before placing 13th, and was seeded 26th in the 500 free before finishing seventh. He dropped more than 30 seconds off his 500 free time.

Bennett Jones dropped time in six of her seven events, her best finish being third in the 500 free. She also was seventh in the 200 free.

Also competing for the Speedos were Laila Khan-Farooqi, who was sixth in the 100 fly; Emily Kinney, who had a pair of top-10 finishes with best times; and Harry Valentine-Wilson, who recorded a couple of best times despite a lack of training because of illness.

“This meet is a stepping stone to the state meet,” Gerson said. “Many of those kids made state times, so I expect most of them to be swimming at state in the summer. It’s great experience to swim in a championship-style meet.”

Saturday in Grand Junction is the 2018 Western Slope League Bronze Circuit meet, a smaller one-day event. The next major meet is the sectional meet later month in Texas.

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