Speedos swim team dominates home meet
The Aspen Speedos swim team held its fall home meet Saturday and Sunday at the Aspen Recreation Center pool, hosting more than 200 swimmers from nine different teams.
With 70 of its own swimmers competing, the Speedos cruised to the team title with 800.5 points. Castle Rock took second with 369 points, and Team Sopris took third with 364.5 points.
It was the second meet of the winter season for the Speedos.
“It was a pretty good meet. A pretty solid margin of victory,” Aspen coach Gordon Gerson said. “Sometimes when they are not doing their best times early in the season there tends to be a little bit of disappointment. But what I like to compare is where they are now compared to this meet last year, and all of them were in a better place.”
Among the most impressive swimmers for Aspen was 8-year-old Gavin Boggs, who had eight first-place finishes and one second-place finish, the latter coming when he lost to a 10-year-old while competing in a level higher.
“Gavin, he’s as hardworking and focused of an 8-year-old that you’ll ever seen in your life,” Gerson said. “It’s just very impressive.”
Shea Card, 13, nearly matched Boggs by winning seven events, including two second-place finishes. Owen McLernon, 13, had four wins while Nathan Cherry, 14, had a trio of wins.
Sara Michelin, 8, had a pair of wins for the Aspen girls, with 17-year-old Kennidy Quist and 15-year-old Davy Brown each winning four times. Another notable win came from 6-year-old Nesta Olsky who won her race in the 25 free.
Other wins came from Connor Somers, 16, Sevi Multin, 16, and Eva Boney, 8.
In the girls 200 freestyle race, the team of Lauren Fetzko, Sarah DiPangrazio, Brown and Quist unofficially broke a pool record with a time of 1 minute, 41.82 seconds, but because two of the swimmers were unattached due to transfer rules, the official race winners went to another Aspen group comprised of Emily Driscoll, Kayla Tehrani, Lelia Arthur and Hannah Freeman, who also broke the pool record with a time of 1:49.86.
The Speedos also had numerous other relay wins.
Aspen next competes Nov. 12 and 13 in Glenwood Springs.
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