Plenty of Steamboat swimmers qualify for state-level meets

Ben Ingersoll

— The Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming Winter Invitational swim meet at Smoky Hill High School was filled with solid results from a few Steamboat Springs Swim Team athletes last weekend.

Avery Harrington had a career day in the girls 13-14 age class. Harrington picked up six first-place finishes to go along with three second-place finishes, all season-best times. Harrington made five state cuts at the invitational and two silver state cuts. The state meet is the top-level meet for club swimming in Colorado.

Annika Fahrner, another 13-14 age division competitor, took second in the 500-yard free and finished with a bronze in the 200-yard free, crossing each with personal-best times. She has qualified for the silver state meet in three events.

Jenna Smith, a girls 11-12 age division competitor, went home with plenty of podium finishes. Smith had a first (50-yard free), a second (50-yard fly), a trio of thirds and one fourth-place finish. Her performance in the 50-yard fly (30.68) earned her a state meet cut, her sixth state qualifier of the season.

Saige Lottes — swimming in her first meet as an 11-year-old — scored season-best times in all eight of her events during the two-day competition. Mohammed Alnajdawi, a boys 11-12 age class swimmer competing in his first season in the sport as well as his second meet, saw marked improvements in all six of his events, coach Patti Worsley said.

Brenden Carta, 18, swam in eight events and took eighth place in the 50-yard breast.

The Steamboat Swim Team now reverts its attention to next weekend’s The MAValanche meet held in Grand Junction. Worsley said seven swimmers will compete in the prelims-finals format meet.

The silver state meet will be held from Feb. 27 through March 1. The Colorado state meet is from March 6 to 8.

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

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