Steamboat swimmers refuse to let cold water keep them from racing to top of state results
Steamboat Springs — The temperatures in Steamboat Springs this week are a bit on the cold side, but that didn’t stop several local swimmers from heating up the waters in Thornton last week at the Colorado State Individual short course state championships.
The local swimmers, who train outside in the naturally heated waters of the Old Town Hot Springs, have been working all winter to train, qualify and compete at regional and state competitions. This year’s team, which included 34 swimmers, was one of the biggest in the history of Steamboat’s winter swimming program.
“They did really well,” coach Patti Worsley said. “We had a small team, and I’m so so proud that we did so well. We were a team of three, and we were up against some huge teams with 100 swimmers or more.”
Two of the three Steamboat swimmers finished in the top-10. Thirteen-year-old Jenna Smith, who has been battling a back injury for most of the winter season, placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.11. She was also eighth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.93 and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle at 53.89.
Other top finishes came from 10-year-old Grace O’Reilly, who raced to a sixth-place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 37.69. She also placed 11th (1:25.36) in the 100-yard breaststroke, 12th (34.64) in the 50-yard backstroke, 18th in the 100-yard individual medley (1:17.58) and 24th in the 50-yard (31.28) freestyle event.
O’Reilly’s sister, Bella, also posted impressive results in the 12-year-old division. She placed 23rd in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 29.52.
Both O’Reilly sisters swam personal bests at the meet,
On Friday, seven swimmers from Steamboat opened in the Silver State Swim meet at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Those swimmers were scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday at the event, which is one step below the state meets, held last weekend.
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