Team Sopris places second at Aspen meet
The Team Sopris Barracudas took second place among nine teams at the June 11-12 Aspen Invitational. The Aspen Swim Club won the meet with 1,094 points while the Steamboat Springs Swim Team was third with 354 points. Team Sopris recorded 526 points to take second.
The Team Sopris Swimmer of the Meet Award went to 8-year-old William Gianneschi, who won the boys 8-and-under high point award, swam seven personal records, won three events (25 free in 18.72, 25 breast in 24.42 and 25 backstroke in 22.58) while dropping 10 seconds in his 100 free (1:42.05) and 28 seconds in his 50 breast (55.70).
Along with Gianneschi’s big day, Hank Cerrone swam in his first meet as a member of the Barracudas, adding to an impressive list of talent under the direction of head coach Neil Romney.
Alexander Conder, Cecilia Garcia, Gavin Gianneschi, Maverick Gorla, Ari Hahn, Amy Madsen, Kayo Ogilby, Leah Shafer and Harena Treves all competed in new events at the Aspen meet, while Gorla and Treves recorded new USA Swimming B standard times.
Ellie MacPherson and Amelie Ogilby recorded USA Swimming BB standard times, while Amy Madsen recorded a new USA Swimming A standard time.
Winning events for the Barracudas was Conder, Gorla, Madsen, Ogilby, Gavin and William Gianneschi, Sarah Dipangrazio, LJ Fetzko and Macy Stinson, while Gavin Gianneschi and MacPherson achieved 100 percent swimming personal records.
Placing top three in their respective high-point contests were Laia and Amelie Ogilby, Gavin Gianneschi, Madsen, Hahn, Fetzko and William Gianneschi.
Other Sopris award winners include Ellie MacPherson, who dropped three seconds in the fly leg of the 400 medley relay (88.29) and one second in her leg of the 400 free relay (1:07.06).
The Barracudas compete next in the Grand Junction Invitational at CMU, June 23-26, where they will field a team of 21 athletes against teams from Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
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