Carbondale will be swimming with Barracudas
Carbondale will be the center of the swimming universe for Western Slope club swim teams this weekend. Starting Friday, more than 300 athletes, ranging in age from 8 to 18, will convene at the John Fleet Municipal Pool for the 33rd annual Sopris Barracuda Invitational meet.The three-day meet is one of the largest competitions of its type in Western Colorado. This year’s docket includes 15 teams and has 98 events.Hosted by the Sopris Barracudas, other competing teams traveling to Carbondale includeSwimming: see page A22 squads from Aspen, Avon, Cortez, Craig, Delta, Durango, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose, Rangely, Rifle, Steamboat Springs and Summit.Action starts 6 p.m. Friday with the open 800-meter freestyle, followed by a full slate of events at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.To help the local swim club raise funds gift baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses in the area, and swimming merchandise will be available to purchase all three days.The Carbondale Lions Club will also cook a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.The 2004 Sopris Barracudas team consists of 70 swimmers, mostly from Glenwood Springs.According to meet director Mandy Betts, the entire Barracudas roster should be on hand to compete.The Sopris Invite is the third meet of the summer club season for the Barracudas. The team tuned up for its annual home meet by competing in Rangely last Saturday.Barracuda Sebastian Key, 10, carted home four individual event blue ribbons, the most by any Sopris swimmer.Competing in the 9-10 boys division, Key won the 50-meter freestyle, backstroke and butterfly then topped off his day with the fastest 200 individual medley time in the division.Jennifer Betts, 15, a junior-to-be at Glenwood Springs High School, led the Barracudas girls with three first-place marks – 50 and 100 freestyle, and 200 individual medley – and a second-place finish in the 15-18 year-old 100 butterfly. Lily Thorsen also continued her winning ways in the girls 8-and-under division. Fresh off a strong performance in Grand Junction two weeks ago, Thorsen breezed to victories in the 25-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle and individual medley events.Keely Roberts, Cole Newton and Allison Schaiberger also won events for the Barracudas at the Rangely meet. For more results, see Scoreboard on page A22.
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