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Team Sopris takes third at Mavalanche Invitational

Jonus Ortega competes at the Mavalanche Invitational at Colorado Mesa University, Friday.

With 1,870 team points, the Team Sopris Barracudas swim club took third place against 10 teams at the Mavalanche Invitational Swim Meet at Colorado Mesa University, Jan. 8-10.

The Barracudas finished behind Aspen Swim Club (3,663 points) and the Maverick Aquatics swim club (2,518 points), which hosted the invitational.

Sarah Dipangrazio won the Team Sopris Swimmer of the Meet award while competing in the girls 15-and-older division.

Dipangrazio recorded personal records in her preliminary heats and surpassed those personal records in three of her six final races.

She notched top-eight finishes in six events while notching six new Colorado State Swimming qualifying times and contributing to the team's record-setting girls 400-freestyle and 400-medley relays, the latter of which Dipangrazio led off with a backstroke leg of one minute, one and 56 hundredths of a second, earning her an individual team record for the performance.

Along with Dipangrazio, Nadav Hahn, Sophie Kaden, Kayo Ogilby, Jonus Ortega, Emma Price, Leah Shafer and Willow Stolley competed in new events for the Barracudas.

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Kaden, Ogilby, Ortega, Shafer, Ellie MacPherson and Amy Madsen achieved personal records in preliminary heats, while Kaden and MacPherson achieved personal records in final heats as well.

Dipangrazio wasn't the only Barracuda swimmer to turn in a state qualifying time at the Mavalanche Invitational. Ortega, Madsen and Macy Stinson achieved silver state qualifying times, while LJ Fetzko, Jessica Tuttle, Kendall Vanderhoof and Zeb Thorsen achieved state qualifying times.

On top of turning in state qualifying times, Fetzko, Stinson, Thorsen and Tuttle won their respective events.

Establishing team records at the Mavalanche Invitational are the following:

• Fetzko — 100 breast (1:08.63), 1,650 free (18:00.12)

• Tuttle — 200 breast (2:27.23)

• Dipangrazio — 100 back (1:01.56)

• Girls 11-12 400 free relay (5:00.15) ­— Madsen, MacPherson, Kaden, Stolley

• Girls open 400 free relay (3:45.66) — Vanderhoof, Fetzko, Tuttle, Dipangrazio

• Girls open 400 medley relay (4:10.74) — Dipangrazio, Fetzko, Tuttle, Vanderhoof

The Barracudas will travel to compete next at the TOPS Winter Open, Jan. 22-24, at the University of Denver.