Winning relay teams lead the way for Aspen swimmers
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FRUITA, Colo. ” Aspen’s girls swim team opened it season Friday with a “triple” dual meet at Fruita Monument, followed by Saturday’s league relays in Grand Junction.
The Skiers topped Moffat County (120-67) and Grand Junction Central/Palisade (125-72) in dual competition, losing its only dual to host Fruita Monument (116-93).
All four teams swam against each other, then were scored head-to-head like a traditional dual meet.
Aspen’s Shannon Pierce, Hannah Gardenswartz, Hana Maclean and Ali Kerr were the second-fastest team in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 2 minutes, 13.27 seconds.
Kaitlin Gerson was second-fastest in the 200-yard freestyle (2:17.86); Kerr and Molly Rosenstein went 1-2 in the 200-yard IM (2:39.52; 2:43.72); Pierce was fourth-fastest in the 50-yard freestyle (29.11); and Gerson and Rosenstein went 1-3 in the 100-yard fly (1:15.09; 1:18.83).
Kerr and Maclean also went 1-2 in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.11; 1:05.79); Gardenswartz and Allie Garrett were sixth- and seventh-fastest in the 500-yard freestyle (7:30.17; 9:15.18); Pierce was second-fastest in the 100-yard backstroke (1:12. 37); and Maclean won the 100-yard breast stroke (1:24.49). Rachel Sher was also seventh-fastest in the 100-yard breast stroke (1:37.64).
Gerson, Rosenstein, Maclean and Kerr won the 700-yard freestyle relay (1:55.25), followed by Rachel Sher, Lindsay Sher, Amanda Janik and Jessica Fischer with the third-fastest time (2:19.87).
Gerson, Rosenstein, Gardenswartz and Pierce also swam the second-fastest time (4:39.40) in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
At Saturday’s meet, Aspen finished fifth among 10 teams with 196 points. Gunnison won the meet with 262 points.
Pierce, Maclean, Gerson and Kerr took gold in the 200-yard medley freestyle relay and Pierce, Rosenstein, Garrett and Maclean also won the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Aspen returns to the pool Saturday with another dual at Fruita.
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