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Team Sopris youth swimmers fare well in Aspen

Members of Team Sopris, the swimming team for area youth swimmers, took part in the Ned Mechling Memorial Aspen Invitational. The event took place from Oct. 11-14 at the Aspen Recreation Center.

The most successful swimmer for Team Sopris was 14-year-old Sarah Dipangrazio, who competed in eight events and finished either first or second in six of them. Dipangrazio, competing in the 13- to 14-year-old age group, won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.21 seconds and the 200 backstroke in 2:29.93. She finished second in the 100 backstroke, the 100 butterfly, the 200 intermediate medley and the 100 freestyle, was third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Dipangrazio was one of four Team Sopris swimmers who competed in eight events.

Seven-year-old Jackson Berkheimer competed in eight events, winning the 50 backstroke of the 7- to 8-year-old age group in 50.35, and finished second in the 25 backstroke. Jessica Tuttle, 16, competed in eight events and was second in the 200 backstroke. Also in eight events was 16-year-old Kendall Vanderhoof, who finished fourth in two events.

Zachary Baker, 17, was one of Team Sopris' top finishers, placing first in three of the four events he entered. He won the 15-and-over 100 freestyle (53.77), the 200 backstroke (2:12.99), and the 200 freestyle (2:01.15). He also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

David Hecksel, 12, was first in the 11-12 100 breaststroke in 35.68 and second in the 100 IM. Luke Herron, 17, took second in the 15-and-over 100 freestyle. Alexander Lee, 14, was second in the 13-14 200 butterfly, and 11-year-old William Berkheimer was second in the 11-12 50 backstroke.

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Damien Christie, 8, was second in the male 8-and-under 50 backstroke.