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Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. – Five swimmers logged at least three victories, leading undermanned Aspen to a third-place finish at this past weekend’s meet in Durango.

Four local athletes – Everett Olson, Max Bryant, Kelli Callahan and Kelcie Gerson – were among the top nine point scorers in the meet, which featured 122 swimmers.

Here are the weekend’s highlights:

• Olson won all nine of his events. The 10-year-old scored the most points of any swimmer.

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“Everett has been with the team since he was 7. This is by far his best meet,” Aspen head coach Gordon Gerson said. “He showed improved strength and focus. He should only continue to get better.”

• Bryant recorded seven victories and two second-place finishes, scoring the most points in the 15-and-over division.

“Max has some very lofty goals for this season,” Gerson said. “His continuing dominance of Western Colorado boys swimming is hopefully just a stepping stone for where he is going.”

• Kelcie Gerson picked up six wins in her seven swims – including a dominant effort in the 200 backstroke, where she won by more than a pool length.

• Kelli Callahan won three events and finished second in five others in the 13-14 division.

• Emily Driscoll finished in the top eight and scored points in seven events and posted five personal bests.

• Hannah Freeman finished in the top eight in five events and recorded four personal bests.

• Izzy Elder finished with four top-eight results and established six personal bests.

“[Driscoll, Freeman and Elder] have worked really hard. They are tremendously enthusiastic,” coach Gerson said. “This helps not only them, but their teammates. It sets the right atmosphere.”

FRISCO, Colo. – Seven Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athletes were honored at an Oct. 16 awards luncheon in Frisco after being named to the 2011 United States Ski and Snowboard Association Rocky Mountain Division All-Star Team.

Alpine skiers Devon Cardamone, Andrew Hancock, Travis Lundin, Colby Lane, Bobby Moyer and Julia Mueller-

Ristine were recognized. So, too, was nordic combined athlete Fritz Carpenter.

To qualify, athletes must fulfill a list of requirements. They must log a top-five (15-year-olds) or top-eight (16- to 18-year-olds) national finish as members of the Rocky Mountain Division and USSA. They also must participate in a physical assessment and attend several RMD team workshops.

Those selected receive Colorado Ski Country USA Gold Cards, which are valid at any Colorado Ski Country USA resort.

Additionally, 18 AVSC skiers were named to the Rocky Mountain Division Team.

“It’s great to have that many athletes performing at this level,” club alpine ability head coach Kent Towlerton said in an AVSC news release. “The future certainly looks bright.”


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