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Sopris Barracudas dominate swim meet

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Sopris Barracudas successfully defended their home waters this weekend by swimming to 28 individual victories in their home meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool.

Leading the way with eight individual titles was Charlie Mechling, who made it hard for anyone else in the girls 9-10 bracket to earn a victory. Mechling finished with the fastest times in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 50 and 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

Fellow Barracuda Lily Thorsen shined in the girls 11-12 division by dominating the freestyle and winning the stroke’s 50-, 100-, 400- and 800-meter competitions.



Ashley Roper and Keevyn Scholl each swam their way to two individual crowns, with Roper turning in the fastest times in the girls 13-14 400 IM and 400 free and Scholl winning the girls 13-14 100 and 200 breast.

In the 6-and-under division, Sopris’ Maggie Friemel was tops in the 25 backstroke.



Raphael Joly and Jack Cassidy were the stars of the weekend for the Sopris boys swimmers. Joly won the boys 15-and-over 100 and 200 breaststroke races as well as the 200 back. Cassidy, who swam in the boys 11-12 category, won the 100 and 200 backstroke in addition to another win in the 800 free.

Zeb Thorsen pieced together two wins in the three-day meet, beating out the competition in the boys 9-10 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Rounding out the Barracudas’ first-place finishes were Michael Wirth (boys 9-10 200 free), Devyn Mote (boys 11-12 200 free) and Alex Moore (15-and-over 400 free).

The Sopris swimmers won’t have much time to rest this week, as they’ll return to the water to compete in the four-day Grand Junction Invitational starting on Thursday.


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