Roberts ends club career with three golds |

Roberts ends club career with three golds

Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff

Alina Roberts concluded what probably was her last swim meet with the Sopris Barracudas in style. Already securing a first-place finish on Friday, the Colorado State University junior earned two more additional top marks during the 2006 Western Slope Club Championships this weekend in Aspen.It’s a fitting finish for the 20-year-old Aspen resident, who’s competed for the Glenwood-based swim club for a number of years.Roberts followed up her earlier success with victories in the women’s 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley with times of 1 minute, 4.33 seconds and 2:26.64, respectively. Sierra Grove, another Barracuda veteran, recorded the team’s other first-place swim – a 5:40.81 mark in the girls 18-and-under 500 freestyle. Earlier in the meet, the Coal Ridge High School sophomore-to-be took second in the division’s 100 freestyle.As a team, the Barracudas placed fifth among 12 Western Slope swim teams with 10 additional runner-up marks in sessions held Saturday and Sunday.Jack Cassidy had five top-three finishes, including three second-place marks among 9- to 10-year-old boys. Lily Thorsen took second in the 9-10 girls butterfly and 500 freestyle.Jennifer Betts, Jonathan Jay, Michael Wirth and Morgan Wyrick each finished second in separate events.Also this weekend, Emily McDonald represented the Barracudas at the Western Blue Sectionals meet in Federal Way, Wash. At that meet, competing against older swimmers, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School incoming senior swam a 59.69 in the 100 free for 13th place overall. She also finished 15th in the 50 free in a time of 27.74.McDonald additionally earned a spot on the 2006 High School All-American team for her first-place time in the 100 free at last February’s Class 4A Colorado High School Activities Association’s Girls Swim Championship in Fort Collins.

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