Barracudas win Hibernation swim meet |

Barracudas win Hibernation swim meet

Racing in the Hibernation Dual at Aspen on Saturday, the Sopris Barracudas not only won the meet, but now possess a carved bear trophy to show for their accomplishments.Charlie Mechling highlighted the day for the Barracudas, setting a new pool record for 8-and-under girls in the 50-yard freestyle. Mechling’s time was 36.70, almost a second and a half faster than the previous record. She also won the 50 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly.The Cassidy family took home seven first-place titles. Eleven-year-old Jack won the 100 breast (1:32.48), 100 fly (1:28.27), 50 breast (57.20) and 50 fly (39.02) in the 11-12 boys division. Twelve-year-old Kelly winning the 100 breast (1:25.24), 100 individual medley (IM) (1:21.18) and the 50 breast (39.50) in the 11-12 girls division.In the 9-10 boys category, Michael Wirth swam to four victories – one in the 100 breast, one in the 100 IM, one in the 50 breast and another in the 200 free.Keevyn Scholl took first in the 13-and-over girls division 50 free with a time of 29.39, and also won the 200 breast in 3:06.38 and the 100 breast in 1:25.57. In the same division, Clara Thorsen placed first in the 100 IM (1:21.20) and the 200 free (2:35.50).Lily Thorsen finished first in the 100 back with a time of 1:26.01 and won the 200 free with a time of 2:35.11 in the 11-12 girls category.Each winning one event were Barracudas Rebecca Carcaterra (with a 1:11.36 in the 11-12 girls 100 freestyle), Patrick Gucwa (with a 1:41.77 in the 9-10 boys 100 free) and Maddi Peltzman (with a 51.90 in 9-10 girls back).Zeb Thorsen and Leah Scholl each took first place in the boys and girls 25-yard 8-and-under freestyle. Thorsen also won the 100 IM, the 50 breaststroke and the 25 fly in the same age group, while Scholl was the fastest in the 25 breast. The Aspen Speedos initiated the free, volunteer-run meet as a way to get one competition in before the start of the summer season. They even awarded stuffed bears to first-time swimmers and all 8 and under competitors.With the competitive summer season approaching, the Sopris Barracudas are still looking for a head coach for the program. The season officially starts in May. Visit or e-mail Amanda at for more information.

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