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Swimmers make a splash in Aspen

Amanda Dietrich swims the butterfly last weekend in a swim meet in Aspen. Dietrich won the race and finished second in three others.
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— Saige Lottes and Riq Rogers helped lead the way for the Steamboat Springs Swim Team last weekend at a big event in Aspen.

Lottes and Rogers both came away as the high point award winners for their age and gender classifications, standing at the top on what was a strong performance from local swimmers.

Lottes was dominant in the girls 11/12 division, winning the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 200 butterfly.



“She’s had a really successful season,” said coach Patti Worsley.

So successful, in fact, Lottes has qualified for the state championships in five different events.



“She trains really hard in practice,” Worsley said. “She’s always giving 100 percent, and for her to win the high point championship at that meet is quite an accomplishment.”

Rogers, meanwhile, was first in the 50 backstroke, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 500 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He was second in the 50 freestyle.

“He had a breakthrough meet,” Worsley said. “He’s just coming along with a great attitude and trying really hard in practice. It’s paying off.”

Elsewhere, Amanda Dietrich was among those who stood out for Steamboat. She was first in the 100 butterfly and second in the 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke.

Annika Fahrner was second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle while Travis Seitz was second in the 50 breaststroke and third in the 100 breaststroke.

“I’m very happy with how they’re doing,” Worsley said of the team. “They’re progressing well. The group atmosphere is really nice to see. They’re always cheering each other on. We are a really good example for a lot of teams with our great team unity, and the parent support has been great.”

Next up for the team is a trip this weekend for a meet in Craig.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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