Sopris swimmers soak in chance at OTC |

Sopris swimmers soak in chance at OTC

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faTop 3 finishes:

LJ Fetzko 13-14 Girls

1st place: 1500 free (Western Sectionals qualifying time); 200 free, 50 fly, 400 free

2nd place: 200 Individual Medley

Jessica Tuttle 15-22 Girls

1st place: 400 free

2nd place: 1500 free

3rd place: 200 free; 200 fly; 200 Individual Medley

Jack Cassidy 15-22 Boys

2nd place: 1500 free; 200 IM; 400 free

3rd place: 200 fly

Kendall Vanderhoof 13-14 Girls

2nd place: 200 free; 50 fly

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Team Sopris, the local club swim team for kids ages 5 and up, recently competed at Rocky Mountain State Games, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from July 5 to 7.

“The swimmers always get excited to compete at the OTC,” Team Sopris coach Damon Garrison said. “We swam fairly well considering we are at the peak of our training and putting in a lot of yardage at practice right now.”

Lauren Jean Fetzko swam her first Western Sectionals qualifying in the 1,500-meter, long-course freestyle. Kaitlyn Vanderhoof qualified for the State Championship meet later this month with a 50-meter freestyle lead-off swim in the girls 200 freestyle relay.

Aside from numerous top-three finishes, the swimmers enjoyed competing in the same pool where many of their swimming idols train.

Sally McDonnell, an 11-year-old swimmer who commutes from Eagle to swim with Team Sopris in Glenwood Springs, said: “Going to and swimming at the Olympic Training Center was an amazing experience! I think that it was very inspiring to swim in a place where Olympic athletes have trained. I even took a small bottle of water from the pool as a reminder.

“I really hope to swim there again,” she continued.

Championship season for Team Sopris begins July 19 to 21 with the Western Slope Championship meet at the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction, followed by Long Course State Championships, also at the Colorado Mesa University pool, from July 26 to 28. Qualifying senior Team Sopris swimmers will travel to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the Western Zones Senior Championships meet from July 31 to Aug. 4.

Information about Team Sopris, including practice schedules, meet schedules, tryout times and more can be found on the team’s website at

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