Team Sopris fourth at Grand Junction Invite |

Team Sopris fourth at Grand Junction Invite

Photo courtesy Team Sopris
Wes MacCachran |

Team Sopris, the local club swim team for kids ages 5 and up, recently competed in the Grand Junction Invitational Swim Meet, held at El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction.

Team Sopris managed a fourth-place finish in the overall combined results, which placed the squad first among teams on Colorado’s Western Slope. Sopris did not compete in finals on the final night of the meet, which was Sunday.

The meet saw teams from Boulder, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock and more competing in the preliminary and finals format.

“For the senior group, a few of our girls had some solid swims, including Jessica Tuttle, Kendall Vanderhoof and Hannah Peterson,” Team Sopris coach Damon Garrison continued. “Our age-group swimmers swam well all weekend. It was a tough meet with some lengthy timelines and really strong competition. I was pleased with our performances overall.”

Team Sopris will send 15 swimmers to the Rocky Mountain State Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, July 5-7.

“It’s always fun for the kids to swim at the OTC, where their swimming idols train,” Garrison said.

Championship season for Team Sopris starts July 19-21 with the Western Slope Championship meet at Colorado Mesa University, followed by Long Course State Championships, also at Mesa, July 26-28. Qualifying senior Team Sopris swimmers will travel to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the Western Zones Senior Championships meet July 31 to August 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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