Glenwood’s Fetzko, Mechling strong at 14U state swim meet |

Glenwood’s Fetzko, Mechling strong at 14U state swim meet

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Sopris Barracuda swimmer Lauren Jean Fetzko claimed seven top-10 finishes at the Colorado 14U Age Group Championships, held last weekend at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.

Fetzko took third in the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 21.21 seconds) and fourth in both the 50 freestyle (29.82) and the 100 butterfly (1:15.61).

She also swam to sixth in the 10U girls 200 individual medley (2:44.31), sixth in the 100 freestyle (1:05.81), ninth in the 50 butterfly (33.44) and ninth in the 100 individual medley (1:16.72).

Fetzko’s teammate, Charlie Mechling, also had quite the weekend, swimming to four top-10 finishes.

Competing against mostly 12-year-olds, Mechling took fourth in the 11-12 girls 100 breaststroke (1:14.67), sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:44.49), seventh in the 400 individual medley (5:14.41) and seventh in the 50 breaststroke (34.94).

Mechling also swam in two relays and three other individual events (the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley) at state. She set seven team records over the weekend – one in each of her seven events.

The Sopris swim club’s 11-12 girls 200 medley relay group took 11th out of 29 mostly-Front Range teams. Maddi Peltzman (backstroke), Katie Heim (breaststroke), Mechling (butterfly) and Hannah Peterson (freestyle) swam the legs for the Barracudas, combining on a team-record time of 2:09.39.

The 11-12 girls 200 freestyle relay swimmers were Mechling, Hannah Peterson, Maddi Peltzman and Jessica Tuttle.

Both the medley and freestyle relay teams set longstanding team records, which were previously set in 2000 and 2001.

Both Fetzko and Mechling will be invited to the Colorado State Top 25 All-Star Spirit Camp in Denver in April. The top 25 scorers in the state in each age group are invited to the weekend training camp. Past and present Olympic team members and top coaches speak and train with the kids.

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