Barracudas best Speedos in annual dual meet
Taking to the water at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool, the Sopris Barracudas and the Aspen Speedos – neighboring youth swim clubs – went at it in their annual dual meet.
The host Barracuadas prevailed, winning the overall showdown by an 874-582 count. Sopris won the boys points race, 324-269, and the girls points battle, 550-313.
Meet highlights for the Barracudas:
• Charlie Mechling won four events – the girls 11- and 12-year-old 200-yard breastroke, the 200 butterfly, the 200 individual medley and the 200 backstroke.
• Jessica Tuttle won four events individually – the girls 11-12 50 breastroke, the 100 individual medley, the 50 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
• Zeb Thorsen picked up four individual wins, taking the boys 11-12 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 breaststroke and the 200 backstroke.
• Lauren Jean Fetzko picked up three wins in girls 11-12 competition. She won the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle.
• Jack Cassidy left the water with three first-place finishes, winning the boys 13-14 100 and 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly.
• Phillip Hecksel won three events in the boys 11-12 division – the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 50 butterfly.
• James McMahon won a trio of events – the boys 11-12 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 500 freestyle.
• Anna Cunningham posted three wins in the girls 8-and-under division, winning the 25 and 50 freestyle and 25 backstroke.
• Ian Woodland won the 8U boys 25 breaststroke, the 25 backstroke and the 25 freestyle.
• Lily Thorsen won the girls 15-and-over 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle.
• Katie Heim took first in both the girls 13-14 100 and 200 breaststroke.
• Zachary Baker prevailed in both the boys 13-14 50 freestyle and the 200 backstroke.
• Hannah Grumley swam to first in both the girls 15-and-over 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
• Winning an event apiece for the Barracudas were Shea Newton (boys 8U 25 butterfly), Maddie Moser (girls 8U 25 breaststroke), Emma Helm (girls 8U 25 butterfly), Travis Niccoli (boys 9-10 100 backstroke), Zoe Lyon (girls 9-10 50 backstroke), Maddie Mechling (girls 9-10 50 butterfly), Lauren Murphy (girls 9-10 50 breaststroke), Joe Liotta (boys 11-12 50 backstroke), Caylah Newton (girls 11-12 50 freestyle), Kendall Vanderhoof (girls 11-12 100 backstroke), Cheyenne Beightel (girls 13-14 100 freestyle) and Ashley Roper (girls 15-and-over 100 freestyle).
• Sopris’ girls enjoyed much in the way of relay success, winning the 8U 100 freestyle (Emma Helm, Moser, Cunningham and Libby Claassen), the 10U 200 freestyle (Heim, Lyon, Murphy and Maddie Mechling), the 10U 200 medley (Lyon, Murphy, Maddie Mechling and Sarah Helm), the 12U 200 freestyle (Charlie Mechling, Tuttle, Fetzko and Vanderhoof), the 12U 200 medley (Tuttle, Charlie Mechling, Fetzko and Vanderhoof), the 13-and-over 400 freestyle (Lily Thorsen, Grumley, Beightel and Roper) and the 13-and-over 400 medley (Roper, Heim, Grumley and Thorsen).
• The Barracudas also cleaned up in boys relay competition, winning the boys 8U 100 freestyle (Jonah Kelley, Thane Newton, Shea Newton and Woodland), the 8U 100 medley (Shea Newton, Kelley, Woodland and Thane Newton), the 12U 200 freestyle (Zeb Thorsen, Niccoli, McMahon and Hecksel), the 12U 200 medley (Zeb Thorsen, McMahon, Hecksel and Niccoli), the 12U 200 freestyle (Zeb Thorsen, Niccoli, McMahon and Hecksel) and the 13-and-over 400 medley (Baker, Sebastian Joly, Cassidy and Stefan Buxman).
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