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Sopris swimmers shine at home meet

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Team Sopris swimmers shined at their Silver State or Bust home meet on Feb. 10, which served as a tune-up for the Silver State meet coming up March 1-3 at the University of Denver Coors Fitness Center.

With the championship meet right around the corner, many Team Sopris swimmers were looking for personal best times and a chance to continue their success in Denver.

“We had quite a few swimmers right on the cusp of qualifying for Silver States, and we wanted to give those athletes the best possible chance to swim at that meet,” said head coach Damon Garrison. “It’s all about giving our swimmers the best possible chance to be successful.”

The meet also focused on some of the swimmers who don’t always get to be first, Garrison said.

“I’m really proud of our team for taking the lead and recognizing that everyone needs their chance to shine,” he said. “Seeing the looks on the faces of the swimmers who rarely get to win medals and ribbons makes it all worthwhile.”

New qualifying times were recorded by Will Berkheimer (50 breaststroke); David Hecksel (50 free, 100 individual medley); Phillip Hecksel (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 500 freestyle); Kendall Knott (500 freestyle); Lauren Murphy (100 butterfly); Macy Stinson (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 IM) and Kaitlyn Vanderhoof (50 freestyle).

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Also at DU the same weekend will be the Colorado Senior Championship meet, which will see many of Team Sopris’ veteran swimmers, ages 15 and older, competing in a variety of events.

Qualifying 14-and-under Team Sopris swimmers will then head to the Colorado State Age Group Championships at EPIC pool in Fort Collins March 8-10.

And, on March 13, Garrison and swimmers Jessica Tuttle, 14, and Jack Cassidy, 16, will head for Seattle to compete in the 2013 USA Swimming/Speedo Champions Series Western Region Short Course Section Championship meet, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

“We have a ton of swimmers competing in a championship meet this season and that just speaks volumes about the program and the hard work everyone has put in,” Garrison said. “It’s going to be a very busy and exciting couple of weeks. This is what it’s all about and we’ll be ready.”