Barracudas rack up medals
Post Independent Staff
The Sopris Barracudas have developed a habit of amassing staggering amounts of first-place times and personal-best marks at this summer’s swim meets.
And that continued last weekend in Delta.
Barracuda swimmers concluded the two-day meet at the Bill Huddles Recreation Center Pool with 30 event-winning times.
Moreover, 28 marks by 12 Barracudas were the best swims of the 2003 summer season.
Sisters Keely and Alina Roberts were the most successful among Sopris’ swimmers at the Delta meet. Together, the Aspen residents won 15 events between them.
Keely, the younger of the two siblings, dominated the 9-10-year-old girls meet.
The 10-year-old had a perfect weekend. Competing in nine events, Keely won all nine.
In the process, the younger Roberts set personal bests in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly.
Her best mark of the nine wins came in the 100 free final.
In that race, Roberts swam in at 1 minute, 14.43 seconds, some 6.9 seconds faster than her previous best.
Alina had just as strong a hold in the senior girls division.
The Aspen High senior recorded seven victories and timed a seasonal-best of 2:52.43 in the 200 breaststroke.
Competing between the Roberts sisters, Emily McDonald was mowing down the competition among 13-14 female swimmers.
The Glenwood Springs High School freshman had seven winners and three season-best marks at Delta. Of the wins, McDonald’s best effort came in the 200 breaststroke.
Her 2:42.34 time in the event was more than 12 seconds faster than her previous best this season.
Luke Jacob had the best performance in the boys meet among the Sopris swimmers.
Competing in the 9-10 division, Jacob won five of seven events, finished second in two others and led the team with five individual season-best times.
Jacob’s older brother won three events in the senior boys’ division.
Claire Noone, Mikaela Guettler, Vashti Chandler and Brenna Richardson also had first-place times.
The Barracudas are scheduled to participate in two meets on July 11-13. One group will travel to Montrose, another will compete at a meet in Craig.
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