Swimmers post strong marks
The Sopris Barracudas and Rifle Stingrays youth swim clubs endured rough weather and long drives to meets in Gunnison and Steamboat Springs on Friday.At Gunnison, Sierra Grove, of the Barracudas, took first place in the 13- to 14-year-old girls 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 40.19 seconds, along with two second-place marks and a trio of third-place swims. Among the runner-up times the 14-year-old posted, her 26.56-second mark in the 50 free was a personal best.Stingrays swimmer George Keeper, 15, competing in the senior boys division (15 and over), had three second-place times. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Keeper cut 12 seconds off his previous personal best time by clocking in at 1:30.25. In other events, Keeper recorded times of 27.20 and 1:02.38 in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, respectively.Teammate Casey Martin, 17, finished second in the senior boys 200-yard backstroke in 3:15.28 and took third place in the 100 freestyle (1:02.57) and 100-yard breast stroke (1:45.15).Shannel Squires had the highest finish among Stingrays girls with a fifth-place time of 3:20.59 in the senior girls 200 backstroke.At the same time, 12 Barracudas shivered in the snow and cold between swims at Steamboat Springs outdoor pool.Two Barracudas 9-10 girls relay teams earned second-place ribbons. Megan and Hattie Gianinetti teamed with Rebecca Carcaterra and Laura McDermott in the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome recorded a 3:32.25 time in that event. The same swimmers posted a 2:52.62 mark in the 200 freestyle relay.Clara Thorsen, 12, took second in the girls 11-12 50-yard freestyle in 32.12. Kade Gianinetti, 16, had third-place swims in the senior boys 50-yard breast stroke and 100 freestyle. Alex Moore captured third in the 13-14 boys 50 breast stroke.Both teams are scheduled to compete in this weekend’s Grand Junction Wave meet at Orchard Mesa Municipal Pool.
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