Veteran swimmer leads Steamboat

Sabin grabs top finishes in Craig

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— Once again, Steamboat Springs swimmer Meghan Sabin led the local team with six first-place individual finishes at the Craig Meet in Moffat County last weekend.

This time, the meet was bittersweet, however, since it will be the last regular season club meet for the longtime member of the Steamboat Springs swim team.

"It was great," Sabin said after the meet. "It was nice to swim that well in my last season of club swimming."

The 18-year-old swimmer said she has taken a more laidback approach to swimming this summer.

Sabin is a member of the Colorado State University swim team and just wanted to swim this summer to keep her edge. She said the non-stop schedule of college swimming, however, has toned down her competitive outlook toward the summer season.

"I just wanted to keep swimming, but I haven't gone all out this summer," Sabin said.

In fact, the meet in Craig was just the third meet of the summer for Sabin. She said she also will skip the last meet of the season which will be held this week in Rangely and also the Junior Olympic Championships an event she has already qualified for.

She will compete in the Western Slope Championships in two weeks and that event is most likely her last as a junior.

"It's pretty hard swimming for a Division I school," Sabin said. "We swim six days a week."

In her first year at college, Sabin qualified as an alternate for the conference championships and CSU finished third in the Mountain West.

Sabin is excited to return for her sophomore year and expects to make the traveling team once again.

"I had a great season last year, and I can't wait to get back," Sabin said.

As for the local team, Sabin has had a great time swimming with it this year. She said there is no pressure to win and she thinks the team has a bright future.

"This team had got great potential," Sabin said. "If the talent continues to develop in the future, they are going to be very tough."

That talent came though last weekend as Steamboat collected several top finishes in addition to Sabin's.

Other star swimmers included Hestia Chase, Connor Birch, Emily Birch, Blake Worsley, Kate VanScoter, Patrick Weston, Emmy Lichtenfels, Molly Newman, Charlotte Letson, Katie Sabin, Paul Rose, Kyle Steitz, Mich Lichtenfels, Michael Weston, Heather Whiting, Lauren Letson and Emily Stout. All of the swimmer were first in at least one event.

Steamboat will head to Rangely this week for the final meet of the season. Coach Essi Kentalla said Steamboat will take about 35 swimmers to the meet, but she doesn't expect the competition to be as tough as it was in Craig.

"It's an import meet because it's the last chance our swimmers will have to qualify (for several post season races)," Kentalla said.

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