Barracudas girls take gold at Hurricane Invite |

Barracudas girls take gold at Hurricane Invite

Sierra Grove and Lily Thorsen were in midseason form at the first swim meet of the 2005 summer club season this weekend.Competing as members of the Sopris Barracudas at the Rangely Hurricane Invitational, Grove won three events in the 13- to 14-year-old girls division, and Thorsen, 9, swam to individual best times in three races and won one individual blue ribbon.Grove, 13, opened her season with a 1 minute, .03 second win in the 100-yard freestyle. Later, she took first place in the 50 free in 27.35 seconds and also won the 200 medley in 2:37.75.Thorsen’s individual win came in the 9-10 girls 100-yard freestyle; at 1:19.69, it was more than eight seconds off her previous recorded best.In other events, Thorsen shaved off nearly 15 seconds from her best time in the 200-yard individual medley, coming in at 3:31.31, and clocked a 36.70 mark in the 50 free, both second-place times.Thorsen, as a member of two Barracudas relay teams, earned two more first-place ribbons.The 200 IM team of Megan and Hattie Gianinetti, Cora Lubchenco and Thorsen won in 3:04.19. Lubchenco and Thorsen swam with Kelly Cassidy and Aleksa Key to win the 200 free relay in 2:41.25.Cassidy also had third-place marks in the 50-yard breaststroke and 100 freestyle.Rifle Stingrays swimmer George Keeper recorded the highest finish among area boys. In the 15- to 18-year-old 100 freestyle, Keeper, 15, finished third in 1:01.41, followed by teammates Aaron Cappelli (1:13.63) and Marcus Latil (1:17.12).Both teams are scheduled to participate in the two-day Steamboat Invitational starting Friday.

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