Steamboat swim team qualifies two for state championship meets |

Steamboat swim team qualifies two for state championship meets

Front row, from left: Steamboat Springs Swim Team members Bella O'Reilly, Grace O'Reilly, Katherine Knapp and Annika Fahrner (back) competed alongside Rylee McLouth (not pictured) over the weekend at a meet in Fort Collins.
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— The Steamboat Springs Swim Team wrapped up the 2015 portion of its schedule last weekend at the FAST Mid-Season SC Finale meet, held at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.

Steamboat took five swimmers to the meet, led by 15-year-old Annika Fahrner.

Fahrner qualified for February’s 2016 Senior State Championships at The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in three events. She qualified by seven seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 40.85 seconds, 11 seconds faster than her previous best. She also qualified in the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle and scored 83 points for the Steamboat swim team at the meet.

Rylee McLouth, 10, scored 36 points for Steamboat, dropping times in six of her events and qualified for the Silver State Championships in March at Denver University. She qualified for the state championships in seven events and had four top-10 finishes last weekend.

Katherine Knapp, 10, scored 23 points for Steamboat and dropped time in seven of her eight events. She finished in the top 10 in three events.

Bella O’Reilly, 12, dropped times in each of her events, her best times coming in the 50 free and 200 free.

Grace O’Reilly, 9, dropped time in six events. One of the team’s part-time swimmers, she dropped 21 seconds off her 200 IM time.

Next for the Steamboat swimmers is the 2016 MAValanche Invitational in Grand Junction from Jan. 8 to 10.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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