Solid Team Sopris effort at Montrose open meet |

Solid Team Sopris effort at Montrose open meet

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Wes MacCachran Special to the Post IndependentZachary Baker of Team Sopris swims freestyle in the Montrose Summer Open swim meet held July 6-8.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Team Sopris sent 19 swimmers of varying ages and abilities to the Montrose Marlins’ summer short course meters open swim meet held July 6-8. Head coach Damon Garrison was pleased with the team’s performance at the last meet of the season before heading into championships.

“We’re swimming pretty tired right now,” Garrison said. “The team is working hard and putting in a lot of yardage in practice as we gear up for the summer long course championship meets.”

The team had a variety of swimmers competing, from veteran high school swimmers to new team members swimming in their very first meet.

“It was great to watch our new swimmers have fun at their first swim meet,” Garrison noted.

“We have several new young swimmers, including Paris Carey, 7, and several new boys: Rossi Carey, 5, Aiden Senn, 8, and Owen Mangeot, 10. They swam very well. We had a few DQs but that’s O.K. That’s an important part of the learning process as we work hard on stroke technique.”

The more veteran swimmers had some impressive times in the short course meters format.

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“We train in short course meters at the Glenwood Springs Community Center but rarely compete in that format, so there were a lot of best times.” Garrison explained.

Lily MacCachran, 12, was impressive, with what Garrison called a breakout meet. “Lily has made huge strides this season. I’m really excited to see what she does coming up at Western Slope Championships. She should have a lot of confidence heading into that meet,” he said.

Zoe Lyon continued her consistent, season-long progression with numerous top-three finishes, including several wins and new state championship qualifying times.

Four members of the Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team also attended the meet competing for Team Sopris. Rebecca Carcaterra, Hannah Grumley, Ashley Roper and Lily Thorsen have been swimming all summer, staying in top shape as they look forward to their senior year at GSHS.

The long course season is winding down as most of the team will be competing at Western Slope League Championships July 20-22 at the El Pomar Natatorium at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Many of the team members will also be heading to the State Championships at the Air Force Academy July 26-29.

Six members of the team – Jack Cassidy, Hannah Grumley, Ashley Roper, Keevyn Scholl, Lily Thorsen and Jessica Tuttle – will be traveling to Fresno, Calif., for the Western Zone Senior Championship meet Aug. 2-5.

“It should be an exciting end to our long course season,” Garrison said. “We have a lot of swimmers competing at a high level. We’re no longer satisfied with simply qualifying for these meets. We are there to swim fast and compete. It’ll be great to get the kids out of their comfort zones and see what they can accomplish. I can’t wait!”

Information about Team Sopris, including practice schedules, meet schedules and tryout times, is on the team’s website at