Speedos rule home pool
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – While the season is just one meet old, head coach Gordon Gerson already is gushing about his Aspen Speedos.
A convincing win will do that.
Three swimmers (Lewis Brown and Charlie and Maddie Mechling) had perfect weekends in the pool and teammates helped pile up the points for Aspen, which cruised to victory at Saturday and Sunday’s home meet at the ARC.
The Speedos’ tally of 677 was 243 more than second-place finisher Castle Rock. Team Sopris (357) rounded out the top three in a field of 10.
“The season goes until March, so results at an October meet are hardly the be-all, end-all,” Gerson said. “Still, there are a lot of signs of growth and improvement on this team.”
Here are the meet highlights:
• The Mechling sisters each won all nine of their events, establishing multiple team and pool records in the process.
Maddie’s dominance in the 9- and 10-year-old girls division was highlighted by her performance in the 500 freestyle, in which she clocked in at 6 minutes, 18.43 seconds. Aspen’s previous best was 6:48, Gerson said.
• Brown won all eight of his events. Andrew Springer finished second to his teammate twice and third five other times.
• Max Bryant secured four wins and four second-place finishes before being scratched from his final race because of muscle spasms.
• Nathan Cherry won four times, was second twice and third once.
• Claire Collier took first three times and second once.
• Kayla Tehrani finished in the top three on six occasions, including three wins.
• Everett Olson won two events and finished second in two others.
• Jack Bowers picked up a win in the 50 butterfly and logged seven other top-three results.
• Davy Brown won the 100 butterfly and finished in the top three six times.
• Gracey Brown topped the field in the 25 backstroke and was second twice.
• Peter de Wetter’s stellar weekend included first-, second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and eighth-place finishes.
• Kelcie Gerson, who has battled a rash of recent illnesses, swam in seven events, winding up second five times and third twice.
• Lelia Arthur took third in the 500 freestyle.
• James and Thomas Mellenthin combined for three third-place finishes.
• In addition to his pair of third-place results, Cole Petersen took second in the 200 backstroke.
• Competing in his first meet, 7-year-old newcomer Micah Sanders-Silva logged three third-place finishes.
“It was a great turnout. We had 53 kids, the most we’ve ever had,” coach Gerson said. “It’s cool to see a nice bump. … It looks like there’s a favorable future for swimming in this ski town. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
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