Swimming: Aspen Speedos divide and conquer
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
The Aspen Speedos sent swimmers to meets in Arvada and Glenwood Springs last weekend. Both groups returned with a host of favorable results.
Maddie Mechling logged eight top-eight finishes in Arvada, and five others each posted eight personal bests in eight events against Team Sopris for the Speedos, who are gearing up for what promises to be an exciting summer in the pool.
Here are the highlights from Arvada:
• Mechling’s stellar weekend was highlighted by a second-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle. She also took third in the 100 backstroke.
• Sam Richie’s seven top-eights included fourth-place results in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 200 IM.
• Charlie Mechling finished in the top 10 in all four of her events.
• Kelli Callahan hit the wall in fourth in the 100 freestyle.
• Kelcie Gerson wound up 10th in the 200 backstroke.
• Jackson Landis posted four personal bests in the a notoriously slow George Meyers pool.
“That shows how much better he’s getting. He probably had the best meet of anybody,” head coach Gordon Gerson said. “Some of the kids might be disappointed with their effort, but we’re into heavy-duty training right now. They’re tired. They’re supposed to be tired. It’s more about getting experience competing against fast swimmers. You’re not going to improve every time you hop into the water, for the most part.”
Here are the highlights from Glenwood Springs:
• Five Speedos (Izzy Elder, Hannah Freeman, Gemma Hill, Andrew Springer and Kayla Tehrani) recorded personal bests in all eight of their events.
• Reed Kulberg and Everett Olson recorded seven new best times, while Sophia Perry logged six. Olson also won the 9-10 50-yard and 100 freestyles.
• Lewis Brown picked up victories in the 8-and-under 25 butterfly and 100 freestyle. He also finished runner-up five times.
• Andrew Perley bested a 6-and-under field in both the 25 butterfly and 100 IM.
• Davy Brown finished in the top three four times (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM), while Lelia Arthur accomplished that feat on three occasions (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke).
• Cole Peterson took third in the 11-12 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke.
“What I’m seeing is a ton of improvement,” Gerson said. “Looking down the list, it’s safe to say the vast majority are improving their times. That’s exciting.”
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