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Mechling, Team Sopris fare well in Fort Collins

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Joey Fetzko Special to the Post IndependentTeam Sopris' Charlie Mechling swims to victory in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Colorado State Age Group Championships.

Led by seven top-five individual finishes by Charlie Mechling, Team Sopris finished 15th out of 47 scoring swim teams at last weekend’s Colorado State Age Group Championships.

Mechling, who swims in the 11-and-12-year-old girls division, won the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 11.66 seconds) at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.

She took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:36.18), third in both the 50 breaststroke (33.0) and 200 backstroke (2:17.96) and fifth in the 100 individual medley (1:05.29), the 400 individual medley (5:04.39) and the 500 freestyle (5:37.88).

Mechling had some drama to deal with in two of her events – the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

She was the top qualifier in Friday morning’s 50 breaststroke preliminaries but was initially disqualified by the start/turn official for a false start. It was later discovered that the girl next to Mechling was actually the one who jumped. Both were wearing blue suits and dark caps.

The call was eventually overturned and both Mechling and the disqualified swimmer earned a pass to the finals, with Mechling finishing up in third place.

Mechling endured a similar scenario in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries. She was pulled out of the water and told she had been disqualified for a false start. A review of the tape revealed that Mechling did not leave the block early and the disqualification was overturned.

The Team Sopris swimmer went on to win the event by one-tenth of a second in a last-minute push to the wall.

Also posting top-10 finishes for Team Sopris in Fort Collins were Lauren Murphy and Jessica Tuttle.

Murphy swam to eighth in the girls 10-and-under 50 breaststroke (40.23) and Tuttle recorded an eighth-place finish in the girls 11-12 200 freestyle (2:06.7).

Team Sopris also finished in the top 10 in two 12-and-under girls relay events.

Tuttle, Mechling, Lauren Fetzko and Kendall Vanderhoof teamed up to place sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.29). The same quartet took eighth in the 200 medley relay (2:05.1).

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