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Team Sopris swims strong at Snowflake Invite

Team Sopris, a Glenwood Springs-based youth swim club, made an impressive showing at the past weekend’s Maverick Aquatics Snowflake Invitational, held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Lauren Fetzko had a monster meet in the 11-12 girls division, taking first in eight individual events – the 50-yard freestyle (27.23 seconds), the 100 freestyle (59.0), the 50 backstroke (32.99), the 50 breaststroke (36.63), the 50 butterfly (29.67), the 100 individual medley (1:07.41), the 100 backstroke (1:10.87) and the 200 breaststroke (2:45.01).

Fetzko also contributed to Team Sopris’ girls 200 medley relay victory.



Lily Thorsen picked up eight event wins in 15-and-over girls competition. She finished first in the 50 freestyle (27.27), the 100 freestyle (58.73), the 100 butterfly (1:11.63), the 100 breaststroke (1:16.76), the 200 freestyle (2:08.99), the 200 individual medley (2:29.58), the 400 individual medley (5:16.36) and the 500 freestyle (5:45.34).

Thorsen also swam on Sopris’ victorious girls 200 medley relay and girls 200 freestyle relay teams.



Other top Team Sopris performances included:

• Jessica Tuttle excelled in 13-14 girls competition. She won a pair of distance events – the 500 freestyle (5:25.75) and the 1,000 freestyle (11:23.03). She added second-place swims in the 100 freestyle (58.35), the 200 freestyle (2:03.57) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.54) and a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:18.69).

Tuttle also helped Team Sopris to wins in the girls 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay.

• Thane Newton had a solid run in the 8-and-under boys division, winning the 25 backstroke (25.0) and the 100 backstroke (2:11.68). He took second in the 25 butterfly (27.97) and the 50 freestyle (48.7) and third in the 100 freestyle (1:57.37) and the 25 breaststroke (28.16).

• Phillip Hecksel had a dominant meet in the 11-12 boys division. He won the 100 backstroke (1:13.71), the 100 freestyle (1:03.36), the 200 freestyle (2:18.33), the 200 individual medley (2:37.48), the 200 breaststroke (3:02.79) and the 200 backstroke (2:34.43). He placed second in the 50 butterfly (31.34) and the 100 butterfly (1:12.51). Hecksel also swam on Team Sopris’ first-place boys 200 medley relay and second-place boys 200 freestyle relay teams.

• Austin Hawkins racked up several high finishes, taking first in the 11-12 boys 50 backstroke (35.78) and the 100 individual medley (1:19.85). He took second in the 50 freestyle (30.04), the 100 freestyle (1:05.73), the 50 breaststroke (41.12) and the 100 breaststroke (1:31.38). Hawkins added third-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (1:18.85) and the 200 breaststroke (3:16.81). He also swam on the third-place boys 200 medley relay team.

• Antigonee Swan swam to second in the 9-10 girls 50 breaststroke (46.12) and to third in the 50 backstroke (40.65), the 100 backstroke (1:28.52), the 100 butterfly (1:37.65), the 100 individual medley (1:28.5) and the 100 breaststroke (1:40.03).

• Sarah Murphy had a solid meet in 8-and-under girls competition. She won the 25 freestyle (16.86), the 50 freestyle (41.27) and the 25 butterfly (23.33), took second in the 25 backstroke (22.79) and the 50 backstroke (51.6) and placed third in the 100 individual medley (2:04.09) and the 25 breaststroke (26.71).

• Zeb Thorsen swam well in the 13-14 boys division. He placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:09.97), the 200 breaststroke (2:52.24) and the 500 freestyle (6:05.85). He chipped in with a third-place performances in the 200 individual medley (2:35.32) and the 200 backstroke (2:23.43). Thorsen also swam a leg on the victorious 200 boys medley relay team and the second-place boys 200 freestyle relay squad.

• James McMahon excelled in 13-14 boys competition. He placed third in both the 100 butterfly (1:16.09) and the 100 backstroke (1:11.75) and swam on Sopris’ first-place boys 200 medley relay team.

• Zoe Lyon swam to third in two 11-12 girls events – the 50 backstroke (34.54) and the 100 backstroke (1:16.98). She finished second in the 200 backstroke (2:43.57). Lyon also swam on Team Sopris’ third-place girls 200 freestyle relay team.

• Jack Cassidy won a pair of events in 15-and-over boys competition – the 200 backstroke (2:10.42) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:48.52). He placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:00.93) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.17).

• Kendall Vanderhoof took second in the 13-14 girls 100 individual medley (1:11.74) and third in the 100 freestyle (59.81). She also swam on Sopris’ victorious girls 200 freestyle relay team.

• Team Sopris had a number of solid relay performances, including first-place showings in the girls 200 freestyle relay (1:50.81), the girls 200 medley relay (2:06.13) and the boys 200 medley relay (2:08.32). A Sopris boys 200 freestyle relay team nabbed silver (1:51.9). A Sopris girls 200 freestyle relay team took third (2:04.45), as did a boys 200 medley relay squad (2:35.27).


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