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Swimming: Aspen Speedos make waves in Junction

Jon MaletzThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Aspen Speedos were undermanned once again, but they still produced some impressive results this past weekend in Grand Junction. All 16 Speedos scored points, and 14 finished in the top eight in their respective age groups. Nine recorded at least one victory in their final competitive tune-up before February’s Western Slope Championships.”How good Aspen swimming can become, who knows? But the team keeps getting better, and we keep getting more enthusiastic kids,” Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday. “The skill level as a whole is improving. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but this a good broken record to have.”Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:• Fresh off a strong performance at a national meet in Indianapolis, Max Bryant was his usual dominant self, finishing first in all eight of his events. He posted personal bests in six.• Fellow 14-year-old Kelcie Gerson picked up three wins, four second-place finishes and one third.• Jack Bowers, 10, picked up five wins. • Fellow 10-year-old Davy Brown won two races and finished in the top five in all eight events. She recorded her second state qualifying time in the last two meets.• Kelli Callahan posted six top-six finishes, highlighted by a second-place result in the 200 freestyle. The 13-year-old shaved more than 7 seconds off her previous best in that race.• Everett Olson, 9, recorded seven top-seven finishes and two Silver State Cup qualifying times.”I’ve been watching him swim for a couple of years now and sometimes it’s hard for the little kids to figure the strokes out,” coach Gerson said. “He really looked like a swimmer this weekend.”• Sophia Perry, 8, picked up a win in the 50 freestyle and finished in the top four seven times.• Elizabeth Reagan, 10, finished first in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and finished in the top eight in all eight of her events.• Nine-year-old Sam Richie won the 200 freestyle, was a runner-up six times and secured another state-qualifying time. His 5-year-old brother August finished in the top nine five times.• Twelve-year-old Kim Sandbach finished first in the 100 butterfly and in the top four seven times. Sister Leigh, 14, posted eight top-nine finishes.• Despite missing the first day of competition, 16-year-old Michael Zimet picked up wins in the 100 IM and 100 backstroke, took second in the 50 freestyle and was fourth in the 200 butterfly.• Ten-year-old Emily Driscoll somehow managed to drop more than 40 seconds off her previous best in the 50 butterfly.”For the coach, that was the best part of the meet. … That’s as exciting for me as Max winning all his races,” Gerson said of Driscoll’s effort. “It’s great to see a kid who’s totally into it, working hard, showing a lot of enthusiasm … and is out there with a big smile on her face.”jmaletz@aspentimes.com


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