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Big turnout prompts big success at swim meet

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Deep Freeze Invitational youth swim meet was a huge success, host squad Team Sopris said, after the weekend event drew 243 swimmers from around Colorado.

The area swim club for kids 5 and up hosted the meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool. In all, swim teams from Aspen, Montrose, Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Gunnison, Battlement Mesa, Evergreen and Jefferson County took part in the meet.

"We brought 40 swimmers to this meet," Jeffco Hurricanes swim team coach Russell Payne said. "We've made this meet a staple of our fall schedule. Our families enjoy getting away to Glenwood Springs, and it's a very friendly meet for our newest swimmers."

Team Sopris, according to coach Damon Garrison, put 58 swimmers in the water during both days of the Nov. 16 and 17 meet. Aspen Speedos coach Gordon Gerson said their team has nearly 65 swimmers, and at least 15 of them are new this year.

"We have seen a lot of growth with our developmental swimmers aged 10 and under," Gerson said. "It's exciting to see. The local families read about our program in the newspapers and follow our success. We have one team alumna competing in college as a freshman and are graduating two seniors this year that will also sign with colleges to swim next year. Not too many sports can say that."

For many Team Sopris swimmers this was their first meet.

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"It was so great to see our newest developmental swimmers try their hand at competing," Garrison said. "Each younger swimmer was paired with an older teammate and everyone cheered for each other. Our home meet is always fun for all of our swimmers and the visiting teams give it rave reviews."

And to go along with it, the large contingent of swimmers who came to the meet let those first-time swimmers see some good competition.

"Our meet was sold out," Garrison said. "It used to be that the largest meets were always in Grand Junction and Montrose, but that's no longer the case. We had 58 swimmers ourselves and the other teams bring a slew of swimmers. Numbers on our team are growing and I know the Aspen Speedos team is also experiencing rapid growth."

Swimmers from Team Sopris who won two or more events over the weekend are as follows:

• Zachary Baker won the male senior 200-meter individual medley and the male 13-and-over 400 IM.

• William Berkheimer won the male 9-to-10 year old 100-meter breaststroke, the 9-10 50-meter breaststroke, and the 9-10 100 backstroke.

• Jack Cassidy won the male 13-and-over 100 breaststroke and the 13-and-over 500 freestyle.

•Lauren Fetzko won the female 13-and-over 200 butterfly, the 13-and-over 500 freestyle and the 13-and-over 1,650 freestyle.

• Timo Koring won the male 13-and-over 100 backstroke, the 13-and-over 50 freestyle, the male senior 200 freestyle and the male 13-and-over 1,650 freestyle.

• Kaitlyn Vanderhoof won the female 11-to-12 year old 50 butterfly and the 11-12 50 breaststroke.