Deep girls side anchors Steamboat Swim Team in Aspen |

Deep girls side anchors Steamboat Swim Team in Aspen

Steamboat Springs Swim Team's Brenden Carta, 18, had the squad's top boys finish in the Oct. 11 and 12 Ned Mechling Memorial Aspen Invitational, grabbing gold in the 15-and-over 50-yard free. As a team, Steamboat finished fourth out of a dozen groups.
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— Oct. 11 and 12 proved to be a busy weekend for Steamboat Springs Swim Team racers.

Nearly 30 swim team members — including 12 brand-new athletes to the club — competed in the two-day Ned Mechling Memorial Aspen Invitational, which featured a dozen squads across the Western Slope and beyond.

Steamboat girls swimmers Jenna Smith (11-12 age group), Amanda Dietrich (8 and younger age group), Saige Lottes (9-10 age group) and Annika Fahrner (13-14 age group) each had busy days in Aspen and plenty of podium time to show for it.

Smith had nine top-three finishes in various distances on the weekend, including gold performances in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard breaststroke. Smith ended up second overall in the 11-12 girls age division and will be heading to the Silver State meet in Denver in March, Steamboat Swim Team coach Patti Worsley said. Smith also is a state-meet qualifier, which also is in Denver the following week.

Lottes had a similar showing, taking five top-three spots in her races with a pair of golds in the 50-yard butterfly and the 200-yard free. She also will be at the Silver State meet.

Dietrich, 8, took six top-three finishes with first-place times in the 50-yard free and the 100-yard IM.

Fahrner narrowly missed first-place finishes with her four silvers on the weekend.

Rylee McLouth, 9, was second in the 9-10 girls 100-yard IM and third in the 100-yard backstroke.

On the boys side, 18-year-old Brenden Carta had Steamboat’s top weekend finish, taking the 50-yard free by just three-tenths of a second. Mohammed Alnajdawi was fourth in the 11-12 boys 50-yard backstroke.

As a team, Steamboat finished fourth out of the 12 squads and was barely edged by the Montrose Marlins. Steamboat finished with 233 points, Montrose had 236.5 while the Aspen Swim Club ran away with a meet-best 760.5 points.

Next month’s calendar includes the Sopris Deep Freeze Invite on Nov. 15 and 16 in Glenwood Springs. After that is the Pioneer Open on Dec. 5 to 7.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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