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Jessica Tuttle leads solid Team Sopris effort

Joey Fetzko Special to the Post IndependentTeam Sopris swimmer Zeb Thorsen competes at the Cuda*Star Long Course Open.

Team Sopris swimmer Jessica Tuttle made her presence known at the Cuda*Star Long Course Open swim meet, held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton this past weekend.

Swimming against some stiff competition from the Front Range, Wyoming and Oklahoma, the 14-year-old swam to seven top-10 finishes, including second place in the 1,500-meter freestyle, fifth place in the 200 freestyle, fifth place in the 400 individual medley, sixth place in the 200 butterfly, eighth place in the 50 breaststroke, ninth place in the 100 fly and 10th place in the 200 IM.

Tuttle dropped 39.89 seconds in the 1,500 free to qualify, with an altitude adjustment, for the Western Region Long Course Sectionals. Her 400 IM was a 22.63-second drop from her previous best time.

“Jessica is a hard worker and her efforts are really starting to pay off,” said Team Sopris head coach Damon Garrison. “She’s a leader on our team and sets an example to the other swimmers every day at practice.”

Swimming in its third long course meet of the season, Team Sopris swam solid, according to Garrison.

LJ Fetzko aged up into the 13-14 age group on the first day of the meet and had three top-10 finishes. She dropped more than 43 seconds in her 200 breaststroke to finish ninth.

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Zoe Lyon finished ninth in the 11-12 girls 100 backstroke.

Shea Newton, 10, dropped nearly a full minute in his 200 free and 200 IM. Thane Newton, 8, finished in the top 10 in seven of eight events.

Competing in the 13-14 boys age group, Zeb Thorsen (14) and James McMahon (13) both had a solid meet, dropping significant time in nearly every event.

Swimming in her first long course season, Kristin Davis, a 12-year-old from Eagle who competes with Team Sopris, impressed Garrison.

“Kristin had a standout meet,” he said. “I’ve been waiting to see this from her. I knew she had the ability, it was just a matter of her getting after it. She swam so well that I have moved her up to the higher Class IV training group as a result of her performance at this meet. That doesn’t happen very often.”

Twelve members of Team Sopris will be heading to Lincoln, Neb., to compete at the Capital City Classic Prelim/Final Meet June 21-24, followed by a trip to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha to watch the Olympic Trials. Those not traveling to Nebraska will be competing in the Aspen Invitational June 23 and 24.

Team Sopris is now accepting registration for its summer season. Information, including practice schedules, meet schedules, tryout times and more, can be found on the team’s website at http://www.teamsopris.org.