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MONTROSE, Colorado ” The Sopris Barracudas swim team landed two new Silver State Championships qualifiers from last weekend’s Western Slope Championships in Montrose.

Rebecca Carcaterra and Elizabeth Miller each swam qualifying times for Silver State, which runs Friday through Sunday in Denver.

Zeb Thorsen, Jack Cassidy and James Sowash were all new qualifiers for the 14-and-under State Championships in Fort Collins March 6-8.

Barracudas winning events at Montrose included Charlie Mechling (girls 9-10 100 individual medley, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 50 free), Cassidy (boys 11-12 200-yard fly and 200 free), Raphael Joly (boys 15-and-up 200 IM and 200 back), Lily Thorsen (girls 13-14 200 free), Zebulon Thorsen (boys 9-10 200 IM) and Kaitlyn Vanderhoof (girls 8-and-under 50 breast).

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” PRO-TKD Martial Arts Center held its annual Kick-A-Thon on Feb. 19.

Kickers had been training since the start of January and their hard work paid big dividends. Twenty-one people exceeded 1,500 kicks in 15 minutes and Nicole Cerdenola, a freshman at Roaring Fork High School, kicked for a record 1,779.

The goal for the Kick-A-Thon is three-fold. First, all kickers set a goal for the number of kicks they hope to do in 15 minutes. Second, they work to accomplish that goal. Third, they ask for pledges per kick as a fundraiser for the competition team and the demonstration team. A standard pledge is a penny per kick.

The Kick-A-Thon was started in 1988 by Master Dae Sung Lee and Master Doug Fuechsel as a fundraiser for the Olympic Training Center Taekwondo team to get to the national championships.

Last year’s Kick-A-Thon allowed the PRO-TKD competition team to have success at four state tournaments and to send four fighters to Detroit for the national championships, with three national champions returning.

This year features the state championships on March 14, the national qualifiers at the Olympic Training Center May 16 and the national championships in Austin, Texas, in July.

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