Steamboat swim team opens season with splash |

Steamboat swim team opens season with splash

Team Lightning kicks off year at Glenwood Springs meet

— Steamboat’s Team Lightning swim team began its 2010 season last weekend in Glenwood Springs, marking the earliest the team has started competition.

Steamboat took 28 swimmers to the pentathlon-like meet. Swimmers entered divisions and swam five events each. Their total time for the five events determined their places.

Leading the way for Steam­boat was a trio of swimmers with top-three finishes.

Luke Borgerding was second overall in the 10-and-younger boys division; Margaret Lichtenfels was third overall in the 11- and 12-year-old girls division; and Frank Ruppel was third overall in the boys Lite IM challenge division.

“Usually, we don’t start until June, but they actually did really good,” coach Pam Tracy said. “I wasn’t expecting to see them drop so much time because the meet was so early.”

Also finishing high for Steam­boat were Amy Brodie, who was fourth in the open girls IM Lite division, and Madison Ruppel, who took eighth in the same division.

Lucas Coon was sixth in the boys 8-and-younger division, and Jack Strotbeck was eighth in boys 10-and-younger division.

Sarah Kite was sixth in the girls 11- and 12-year-old division. Johnathon Kaminski was fourth in the 10-and-younger boys division, and Jacob Taulman was sixth in the same division.

Kane Park was fourth and Chris Kaminski was sixth in the boys 11- and 12-year-old division.

Brenden Carta was sixth in the open boys IM Lite division, and Tyler Terranova was eighth. Anna Terranova was fourth in the 8-and-younger girls division.

Tyler Terranova improved the most in the meet, cutting 10 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, 24 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle, 15 seconds in the 100-yard breast stroke and 22 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley.

This year’s team features more than 100 swimmers. The team practices six days a week at Old Town Hot Springs. Team Lightning next competes June 5 in Rangely.

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