Team Sopris wraps up its long-course season
Just like the Olympic swimmers on Team USA, the local club swimmers on Team Sopris are taking a well-deserved break. Just don’t expect to see them making the late-night talk show rounds.
The team will be back in the water Sept. 12 after some repairs and maintenance at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
It’s been an eventful summer, though.
The team finished a successful long-course season by sending swimmers to the Colorado Long Course State Championship Meet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and to the Western Zone Senior Championship Meet in Fresno, Calif.
Zoe Lyon and Zeb Thorsen competed at the state championship meet.
Thorsen swam solid in the 400-meter individual medley, the 200-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter backstroke. Lyon swam the 50 and 100 backstroke and qualified for finals in both events, finishing 14th in the 50 backstroke and 10th in the 100 back.
“Zoe had an outstanding meet,” said Team Sopris head coach Damon Garrison. “To come in and swim just two events and make it back for finals in both is fantastic. What a great end to a very solid season for Zoe.”
Following the state championship meet, six swimmers traveled with Garrison to the senior zone meet in Fresno. Jack Cassidy, Hannah Grumley, Ashley Roper, Lily Thorsen, Jessica Tuttle and Keevyn Scholl made the trip.
“The kids swam lights out at this meet,” Garrison said. “Most of our swimmers swam best times in nearly every event. This was a very large and fast meet – roughly the top 50 swimmers in most events qualified for sectionals. Our kids kept their composure, swam hard and competed well. Most of their swims were close to 100 percent best times.”
Scholl had standout performance in the 100-meter breaststroke, qualifying for the finals and ultimately finishing 12th in a highly competitive field. In the process, she swam a long-course sectionals qualifying time.
Scholl is heading back to St. Louis University, where she competes on the swim team there. Her college relay team recently broke the school record in the 400-yard medley relay, in which Scholl swam the breaststroke leg.
Thorsen, Tuttle and Grumley all swam consistently well, with Grumley’s 100-meter butterfly being especially impressive. Tuttle dropped 28 seconds in her 1,500 freestyle to place 24th, while Thorsen came in 45th. Tuttle took 29th in the 800 free.
Cassidy swam two sectionals times at the meet – in the 200 breaststroke and the 800 freestyle – bringing the total number of cuts he made this season to five.
“Jack had a breakthrough season, His times consistently got faster and he hit his peak at just the right time. We have a lot of work to do over the winter to get ready for some pretty big meets in the spring,” Garrison continued.
“Jessica, Lily and Hannah swam 100 percent best times and Jack had best times in eight of nine events,” Garrison noted.
Team Sopris is offering a Gold Medal Stroke Clinic Sept. 10-11. More details about this and general information about Team Sopris, including practice schedules, meet schedules, tryout times and more, can be found on the team’s website at http://www.teamsopris.org.
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