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Local Sports Briefs: Team Sopris swimmers place high in local swim meet

Eighty-three swimmers from around Colorado's Western Slope participated in the Silver State or Bust Swim Meet, which was held this past weekend at the Glenwood Springs Community Center swimming pool.

The meet gave younger swimmers from Montrose, Aspen and area-based Team Sopris a chance to make cuts for the Silver State meet, which caps the short-course club swimming season. After this weekend's meet, 15 Team Sopris swimmers aged 14-and-under have qualified for the Colorado U14 Short Course Silver State Championship meet, scheduled for Feb. 28 to March 2 in Denver. Among the qualifiers were Shane Newton, Emma Barsness, Macy Stinon, Damian Christie and Zoe Boston. Other swimmers who made cuts included Sally McDonnell, Antigone Swan, Kristen Davis and Phillip Hecksel.

Older swimmers in the U15 to U18 age group also got a chance to qualify. Among them was Hannah Stinson, James McMahon and Zeb Thorsen. Some of Team Sopris' older swimmers have reached qualifying times for the Western Sectional meet in Seattle next month.

RUNNING

Dates for annual charity race series are now scheduled

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Rifle Recreation has announced the schedule for the 2014 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series, which will run from March until August of this year.

Among the races that will be included in the series are the Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K on March 15, the Grand River Gallop 5K on April 5, and the Hogback Hustle on July 12. The six-race series will have registration proceeds donated to charity organizations around Garfield County, and participants will be eligible to win an overall series championship based on performances in each race. The series champion will be determined and recognized at the season-ending Cheatin' Woodchuck Chase on Aug. 2 in Rifle. Cost will vary per event.

Information: Rifle Parks and Recreation, 970-665-6570.

RECREATION

Rifle Parks and Recreation to run Winter Sports Bus again

Rifle Parks and Recreation is again running the Sunlight Winter Sports Bus, which transports skiers to Sunlight Mountain Resort.

The bus runs every Saturday until March 29 and stops off in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle, with arrival at Sunlight at 9 a.m. and departure from Sunlight at 3:30 p.m. The bus is limited to 47 riders.

Cost is $5 per ride. Buses will run weekly on Saturdays.

Information: 970-665-6480.

"You Go Girl!" program to be held by New Castle Recreation

The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a new "You Go Girl!" sports program for girls ages 8-12.

The program offers participants an opportunity to try a variety of sports that could include volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, Futsal and other sports. Cost is $50, and the program's registration deadline is Feb. 21.

Information: 970-984-3352.

Micro youth soccer program is starting in New Castle

New Castle Recreation is accepting registrations for Micro Soccer, a developmental youth program for children ages 4-7. The program begins in late March and runs through the middle of May.

Information: 970-984-3352, or http://www.newcastlerec.com.