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Barracudas rule the pool at the Western Slope meet

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Joey Fetzko contributed photo
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Sopris Barracuda team records tumbled at the past weekend’s Summer Western Slope Championships.

All told, the current crop of Barracudas made team history some 23 times in the water at Grand Junction’s El Pomar Natatorium.

Sopris also took aim at state-



qualifying standards, collecting 13 new state cuts. Zeb and Lily Thorsen each swam three of those. Phillip Hecksel and Austin Hawkins finished with two apiece and Jessica Tuttle, Maddi Peltzman and Jack Cassidy each made one new standard.

They’ll be a few of the many Barracudas at this weekend’s Colorado Long Course State Championships in Grand Junction.



Sopris finished up in second place in the team standings at the league championships, collecting 1,784 points to Montrose’s 2,655. Grand Junction finished third with 1,567.

Three Barracudas were high points winners, with Maddie Mechling nabbing the honor in the 8-and-under age division, Charlie Mechling finishing with the most points in the 11-12 class and Ashley Roper taking the top spot for senior girls.

Charlie Mechling was the overall top scorer for girls.


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