Local swimmer wins championship race


Blake Worsley and Lauren Letson led the Steamboat Springs swim team with top finishes at the Silver State Championships last week in Denver.

Worsley recorded the top finish of any Steamboat swimmer at the meet, winning the 50-meter freestyle in the boys 11-12 age division. His time of 31.58 seconds was a new Steamboat record.

Letson, who was swimming in the 13-14 girls division, finished third in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 49.11. She also was fifth in the 50-meter breast with a time of 1:51.24 and 30th in the 100-meter freestyle.

The Silver State Championships were the final races of the season for the Steamboat Springs Swim Team. Head coach Essi Kentalla said it was a very successful season for the young team. She expects enthusiasm for the sport to continue to grow in the future.

She added that there will also be a fall swim team. That squad will travel to Frisco for a meet on Sept. 9.

Other top finishes at the Silver State meet included Hestia Chase, who was fourth in the 50-butterfly. Paul Rose turned in a 10th place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke and Tina Roberts was sixth in the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle events.

Emily Hines was sixth in the 200-meter freestyle and eighth in the 50-freestyle.

In all, eight Steamboat swimmers competed in the Silver State meet. Nineteen local swimmers qualified to swim in the post-season event, however, Kentalla said summer vacations and other obligations limited the number of Steamboat swimmers who could actually compete.

The Steamboat swim team is coming off of one of its best seasons ever. Not only did the team post some impressive results, but it was also one of the largest Steamboat teams ever.

Ketalla said the squad has received great support from the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center pool and the entire swimming community in Steamboat Springs.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net


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