PREP ROUNDUP: CRMS sweeps podium at Telemark Competition |

PREP ROUNDUP: CRMS sweeps podium at Telemark Competition

This past weekend the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Telemark Team had a great showing at the 2016 Big Mountain Telemark Competition at Grand Targhee Resort. Competitors came from Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Colorado and Nevada.

In the 15- to 17-year-old boys division, CRMS students swept the podium. Shiva Carter finished in first place, while Soren Lindholm (second) and Thomas Sullivan (third) rounded out the podium. In the girls 15- to 17-year-old division, Sofia Infante placed second, as teammate Emi Bauer finished in third. In the girls 11-14 division, Sophia Jacober placed third.

Outside of the Telemark Team, the CRMS climbing teams — both boys and girls — won their respective state titles back on Feb. 27, at the Colorado High School Climbing League State Championships in Thornton. Both boys and girls climbed well against excellent climbers from all over Colorado. At the end of the day, the boys defended their state crown winning handily over second-place Fountain Valley School.

Colin Daniels led the boys with an individual third-place finish. Supporting him were Teddy Wroblewski in sixth, team captain Michael Yoshimura in eighth and Marshall Graybill in 11th. For the girls, Lauren Murphy placed ninth, team captain Tashi Brundige placed 11th and Emma Cooley placed 12th.


The Team Sopris Barracudas recorded an outstanding 90 percent personal records at the Colorado Swimming Silver State Meet at the University of Denver pool March 4-6.

Leading the way was Team Sopris’ Swimmer of the Meet, 12-year-old Maverick Gorla, who swam 100 percent personal records, dropping an average of almost five seconds/100 yards raced and winning four out of his five heats.

Gorla established team records in the 50 (26.74 seconds) and 200 (2:17.89) freestyles. In the 50, Gorla jumped from the 28th seed to win the race outright, in the process achieving a boys 13-14 Silver State qualifying time. Gorla also dropped three seconds in the 50 breast (36.29) to move from 19th seed to second place overall.

Other Sopris athletes participating included Jonus Ortega, who placed in the top eight in all seven of his races including a win in the boys 13-14 50 free. Seeded 12th going into the race, Ortega dropped 1.6 seconds to break the 24-second barrier (23.97), setting a team record, finishing over 0.7 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, earning the Sopris Gargantuan Swim Award in the process.

Gavin Gianneschi improved his times in all three events including a nine-second drop in the boys 10-and-under 200 Individual Medley (3:03.59). Gianneschi also won the Sopris Sportsmanship Award.

Competing in the girls 13-14 division, Macy Stinson also recorded personal records in all three of her races including a nine second drop in the 200 breast (2:42.62) and a half-second drop in the 100 breast (1:14.63), the latter earning her a top-eight finish. Amy Madsen competed in the 50 and 500 freestyles, dropping a tenth in the 500 free (6:29.88).

The Barracudas compete next at the Western Slope Bronze Circuit Meet at Colorado Mesa University this Saturday.

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