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Barracudas swim to high finish at CSI State meet

Phil Sandoval

The Sopris Barracudas continue to be one of the top swim clubs in Western Colorado.

With a handful of athletes on-hand at last weekend’s CSI Long Course State Champion meet at the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool in Grand Junction, the Barracudas turned in a number of impressive swims.

Overall, the local swim club finished 29th among 61 participating teams at the four-day meet.

Most of the Barracudas’ 152 team points were amassed during Sunday’s finals, according to the team’s head coach, Howard Jay. The only Western Slope-based team to finish higher in the team point standings were the Grand Junction Dolphins, who finished in 11th place.

The meet champion was Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming with 2,182 points. The University of Denver Hilltoppers were second, followed by the North Jeffco Swimmers.

Barracuda swimmer Emily McDonald continued her winning ways last weekend.

The eighth grader-to-be at Glenwood Springs Middle School this fall earned two individual gold medals and a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle relay in the 13-14 year-old girls’ division.

McDonald started her medal run on Saturday by posting an event-best time of 28.15 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle. Later, McDonald swam the anchor leg in the Barracudas’ 400-meter free relay.

The foursome of Claire Noone, sisters Nora and Vasti Chandler and McDonald clocked in at 4 minutes, 30.86 seconds.

On Sunday, McDonald earned gold medal number two by beating Front Range swimmer Kristen Lahey to the wall in Sunday’s 100-meter freestyle finals, finishing the event in 1:01.48 to Lahey’s 1:02.22.

Chandler finished seventh in the 100-meter freestyle and 16th in the 100-meter breaststroke. The 13-14 girls 400-meter free relay team of Molly Jankovsky, Manon Jacob, Stacey Miller and Jennifer Betts timed an 11th place mark of 5:01.20.

This week, the Barracudas will travel to Denver for a couple of meets.

On Wednesday, eight Barracudas, four boys and four girls, will participate in the state festival meet for 8-year-old and under swimmers at Estes Park.

Nine athletes will participate at the 2002 Silver State Championships, starting Friday at the Foothills Pool in Lakewood.

Jennifer Betts has qualified in nine events in the 13-14 year-old girls division. Nora Chandler, Miller and Noone are scheduled to swim in eight events.Vashti Chandler has earned a qualifying spot in six events.

Sierra Grove will be just as busy this weekend.

She has qualified in nine individual events in the 11-12 year-old girls meet.

Accompanying Grove in the Lakewood meet are Jessica Betts (four events) and Rosemary Chandler in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Dru Avery is the lone Barracuda entry in the boys’ meet. He will swim in the 10-and-under boys 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke and the 50-meter freestyle.


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