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Barracudas rack up swimming medals

Members of the Sopris Barracudas youth swim team continue to post winning times and personal records.

Competing in swim meets in Denver and Meeker last weekend Barracuda swimmers amassed 39 first-place medals. Twelve of those winning times were seasonal bests for six Sopris swimmers.

And in the search for gold 12-year old Sierra Grove hit the mother lode.



Swimming at the Aces Summer Open in Denver, Grove ended the three-day meet with eight gold medals and four season’s best swims.

Her best effort came in the girls 11-12 year-old 400 meter Individual Medley.



In the event, Grove’s winning time of 6 minutes, 25.70 seconds was 55-plus seconds faster from her previous best.

Grove also clocked first-place marks with seasonal bests in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle. Her other winning times came in the 100 and 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 200 backstroke.

Another Barracuda, Craig Riggins, was just as dominating in the 11-12 year-old boys divisions.

He won seven events and had seasonal bests in the 50 fly and 100 freestyle. His also earned gold medal victories in the 50 and 100 backstroke, 50 free, 50 back and 200 free.

The Chandler family accounted for 14 of the Barracudas’ 22 first-place times at the Aces Open.

Eleanor, 14, had the most gold medals among the three sisters with seven. Rosemary, 12, won three events and finished second in two others.

Vashti, the eldest member of the Chandler clan at 15, earned wins in the senior girls 50 free and 200 backstroke.

In Meeker, Jennifer Betts and Luke Jacobs had 11 of the Barracudas’ 17 first-place swims.

Betts’ six victories and two second-place times scored the most individual points among 13-14 girl swimmers. She also set a new pool record of 21:16.39 in her division in the 1,500 meter freestyle.

Jacobs clocked six personal seasonal-best in four of his five winning swims.

The 10-year-old also had two second-place swims.

Additional winning marks by the Sopris boys team came from Jonathan Jay in the senior 200 free and 400 meter individual medley. Christopher Sims in the 8-and-under 25 freestyle and breaststroke Jamison Gizentanner in the 13-14 200 backstroke and Greg Jacob in the senior 100 free.

Other girls team wins in Meeker came from Claire Noone (13-14, 200 breaststroke) and Molly Jankovsky (senior girls, 200 free).

The entire team is scheduled to compete in the Grand Junction Dolphins Invitational at Lincoln Park starting Thursday.


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