No place like home for ‘Cuda swimmer |

No place like home for ‘Cuda swimmer

The Sopris Barracudas turned to a hometown girl to take charge. And, given the opportunity, Alina Roberts took the lead.Roberts, who lives in Aspen, recorded the Barracudas’ lone first-place mark at Friday’s opening day of the three-day Western Slope club swim championships at the James E. Moore Pool.It was one of two high finishes the Colorado State University junior would earn on the day.In winning the women’s 50-yard freestyle, Robert’s time of 24.54 seconds handily bested runner-up Leigh Dodd of the Montrose Marlins swim team by more than a second.Later, competing in the 200-yard backstroke, Roberts posted a second-place time of 2 minutes, 20.07 seconds. Throughout her prep days at Aspen High School, Roberts swam for the Barracudas and Glenwood Springs High School. After taking a year off from club swimming due to an ankle injury in 2005, she returned to the Barracudas this summer. Her second-place swim was one of five Barracudas runner-up finishes the local swim team had Friday.Michael Wirth clocked in at 26.05 for second place in the 8-and-younger boys 25-yard breaststroke. Lily Thorsen concluded her 9-10 girls 500-yard free swim in 7:07.67.Twelve-year-old Josi Pearson was the 11-12 girls runner-up. Claire Noone’s 1:14 mark earned the Colorado Rocky Mountain School senior to-be second in the Girls 18-and-younger breaststroke.Charlie Mechling, 8, was third in the girls 8-and-younger 25-yard breaststroke and fourth in the division’s freestyle sprint. Jack Cassidy placed fourth in the 9-10 boys 100 free.Jennifer Betts, who will swim for the University of Northern Colorado team in 2006-07, was fourth in the girls 18-and-younger 50 free and 200 backstroke events.The meet resumes with today’s 8 a.m. morning session, followed by another set of competitions at 2 p.m.

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