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Swimmers score big in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team came away from a fall meet in Aspen with a pile of top results, earning an overall fourth-place finish at the event.

The team was led, in part, by a handful of strong girls who piled up points for the squad. Jenna Smith, for one, racked up eight victories, winning every race she entered. Rylee McLouth placed in nine races, Katherine Knapp placed in six and Saige Lotes in five. On the boys side, Sean Portman helped lead the way by placing in seven events.

“I’m extremely happy with the great performances from all the swimmers on the team,” coach Patti Worsley said.

Smith was simply dominant. She won 50-yard races in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, 100-yard races in butterfly and individual medley, plus the 200 backstroke and the 500 freestyle.

McLouth, meanwhile, won the 100 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly, also placing second in the 50 backstroke and butterfly, and third in the 200 medley.

Knapp was first in the 100 medley and second in the 50 back and breast strokes, the 100 freestyle and the 200 medley. She was also third in the 500 freestyle.

Portman was second three times, in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and in the 200 freestyle. He also was third twice, in the 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle.

Saige Lotes was second in the 100 freestyle and butterfly, then third in the 50 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Grace O’Reilly was second in the 100, Naki George was second in the 25 freestyle, Loisa O’Reilly was second in the 25 breaststroke, Shea Rossi was third in the 25 breaststroke, Riq Rogers was third the 50 backstroke and Kyle Taulman was third in the 100 medley.

Mohammed Alnajdawi, Zo Anfang, Katharina Cosby, Amanda Dierich, Annika Fahrner, Elizabeth Hunt, Shay Lemaster, Troy Lemaster and Douglass Smith all also scored for Steamboat, placing in the top six in a race.

It all added up to a fourth-place finish for the team. Steamboat had 275 points. Aspen won the day. Castle Rock was in second, and Montrose took third.

“This year, we had 48 team members at the meet,” Worsley said. “The higher-level swimmers are great role models for our younger swimmers. Our team is really growing, and the team spirit is so positive and exciting.”

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

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