Swimmers score big in competitions
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Swim Team didn’t take a huge allotment of athletes to the Grand Junction Invitational late last month. The squad only took eight swimmers to a meet stacked with 31 teams and some of the best swimmers in the region.
Steamboat swimmers still managed a high finish in that field, placing 13th overall. The girls team was a bit better, finishing 10th.
“The young kids swam well and so did the older ones,” coach Patti Worsley said. “Really, all the kids took a lot of time off in all their events. This was one of the fastest meets of the year so far for us.”
Leading the way was Jenna Smith, who won seven different events and finished second in two more.
She won in freestyle at the 200-, 100- and 50-meter distances, in backstroke in the 100 and 200 and in breaststroke at the 50 and 200 distances. She then was second in the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.
Smith is now qualified for nine events at the Colorado States Championships.
She’s hoping her results are strong enough to secure an invitation to join the state of Colorado’s team for the Western Zones Age Group Championships next month in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Annika Fahrner also had a stellar day of performances. She dropped nearly a minute — 56.92 seconds — off her previous best in the 800 freestyle race. She placed 11th in the over-11-year-old division in that race. She also cut 8.36 seconds off of her 200 breaststroke and is qualified for five events at the state championships.
Saige Lottes is qualified for seven events at the state championships and also continued to cut time while at the Grand Junction meet. She shaved off 4.39 seconds in the 200 butterfly, then 10.89 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
Travis Seitz, Katherine Knapp, Rylee McLouth, Jackson Bathke and Kelsey Bryant also had strong days.
Competing earlier in June, the team posted impressive results at a meet in Craig.
The squad had a huge contingent for that competition, taking 37 swimmers.
There, the team took 10 high-point trophies in different age categories, from some of the youngest available, like Zoe Anfang, in the 7-8 age group, to Althea Ort, in the 15-18 group.
Next up for the team is a trip to the Western Slope Championship, where 25 Steamboat swimmers will battle next weekend.
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