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Youth swimming: Barracudas clean up at Snowflake Open

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Event wins and state championship standards came in droves for the Sopris Barracudas swim club at the Jan. 22-23 Snowflake Open at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Sopris, a Glenwood-based swim club, finished first among eight squads in the girls team standings. The Barracudas took second behind only the Montrose Marlins in the boys standings and were second to the Marlins in the combined team standings.

Some notable performances for the Barracudas in Grand Junction:



• Charlie Mechling won eight individual events, prevailing in the girls 11- and 12-year-old 100-yard freestyle (59.11 seconds), the 50 backstroke (32.21), the 200 breaststroke (2:39.47), the 400 individual medley (5:03.48), the 200 backstroke (2:22.22), the 200 freestyle (2:06.96), the 50 butterfly (29.9) and the 500 freestyle (5:46.7).

• Ashley Roper took home gold finishes in four events – the girls 15-and-over 50 freestyle (26.94), the 200 freestyle (2:04.44), the 100 backstroke (1:07.19) and the 500 freestyle (5:40.59).



• Jack Cassidy won the boys 13-14 400 individual medley (4:48.72), the 200 backstroke (2:18.65), the 100 backstroke (1:06.08) and the 500 freestyle (5:26.37).

• Jessica Tuttle won three events – the girls 11-12 200 individual medley (2:37.55), the 100 individual medley (1:13.38) and the 100 backstroke (1:11.21).

• Zeb Thorsen won the boys 11-12 400 individual medley (5:41.09), the 200 freestyle (2:23.32) and the 500 freestyle (6:23.22).

• James McMahon finished first in two events, winning the boys 11-12 200 breaststroke (3:06.89) and the 200 backstroke (2:38.64).

• Lauren Fetzko won a couple events, topping the field in the girls 11-12 50 freestyle (27.93) and the 200 butterfly (2:50.77).

• Hannah Grumley won both the girls 15-and-over 200 backstroke (2:21.14) and the 100 individual medley (1:08.62).

• Lily Thorsen finished first in the girls 15-and-over 100 freestyle (59.77) and 1,000 freestyle (11:50.19).

• Winning one event apiece were Zoe Lyon (girls 9-10 50 backstroke, 38.5), Sarah Helm (girls 9-10 200 freestyle, 2:45.87), Ian Woodland (boys 8U 200 freestyle, 3:05.15) and Cheyenne Beightel (girls 13-14 200 butterfly, 2:54.38).

• Two girls quartets won relay events. A 400 freestyle relay team of Mechling, Fetzko, Tuttle and Kendall Vanderhoof won in 4:08.32. The 200 medley relay foursome of Roper, Hannah Peterson, Grumley and Lily Thorsen swam to first in a time of 2:06.15.

• Tuttle led the way by meeting four qualifying standards for the March 4-6 state championships. Lauren Fetzko swam three qualifying times, Jack Cassidy two, Lauren Murphy two, James McMahon two, Phillip Hecksel one and Kendall Vanderhoof one.


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