Club swimmers scoop up first-place finishes
Sopris Barracudas and Rifle Stingrays club swimmers earned 11 individual first-place marks and won two relay events between them at this weekends Grand Valley Wave Invitational meet in Grand Junction.Barracudas swimmers Lily Thorsen, 9, and Bryce McDermott, 16, won two individual events each during the two-day swim festival at the Orchard Mesa Municipal Pool.Thorsens victories came in freestyle events. Competing in the 9- to 10-year-old girls division, she posted a 39.72-second time in the 50-yard freestyle, then followed up with a 1 minute, 28.78 mark in the 100 free.Later, Thorsen, teaming with Graden Kellogg, Aleksa Key and Laura McDermott, swam the anchor leg of the first-place 9-10 boys 200-yard medley relay team. Teams with at least one boy race in the boys category.Bryce McDermott earned blue ribbons in the senior boys 200 freestyle and 400-yard medley, recording times of 2:22.47 and 6:09.66, respectively. The senior division is for swimmers ages 15 and older.Lily Thorsens older sister, Clara, 12, swimming in the 11- to 12-year-old girls division, took first place in the 200 free in a season-best time of 2:46.28.Other area winners in the 11-12 girls division were Sopris swimmers Keely Roberts (100 free, 1:16.22) and Keevyn Scholl (50 butterfly, 42.75).Rifle Stingrays swimmers won four individual events. Hannah Bernat, 10, had the fastest time (1:00.06) among 9- to 10-year-old girls in the 50-yard backstroke.Quincey Snyder clocked in at 37.47 for first in the 13-14 girls 50-yard butterfly. Katie Julius took the senior girls 50 back in 43.63, and Shanon Squires, the Stingrays coach, earned a win in the senior boys 50 backstroke by coming in at 30.09.Sebastian Key, Geoffrey Moore, Roberts and Clara Thorsen earned the areas other victory in the 11-12 boys 200 freestyle relay.Both teams will participate in the annual Barracuda Invitational meet Saturday and Sunday at the Community Center Pool.
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