Swim team heads to Craig en masse

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— The Steamboat Springs swim team will pack into Craig Swimming Pool with a full arsenal Friday.

"We are really excited because this is a big meet for us and some of the boys especially are trying to qualify for the Junior Olympics," said Patti Worsley, Steamboat assistant coach.

Worsley, one of three Steamboat coaches, will travel to Craig with nearly 50 swimmers.

Last weekend, 16 Steamboat swimmers took part in a meet at Rifle, where 14-year-old Heather Whiting continued to sweep by the competition.

Whiting, who has already qualified for the Junior Olympics in five events, won all three events she competed in at Rifle.

Whiting scored first-place finishes in the girls 13-18 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke.

She also won the 50-yard freestyle in the girls 13-14 division.

Kathryn Van Scoter, a 7-year-old Steamboat swimmer, was another top local finisher in Rifle.

Van Scoter swam to a first-place finish in the 25 butterfly in 18.87 seconds.

She also collected a pair of third-place finishes in the 25 backstroke and 25 freestyle.

Van Scoter, who competes in the girls 8-and-under division, said her coach has been very instrumental in her progress.

"Essi (Kenttala) has really helped me with the butterfly," Van Scoter said.

Kenttala, Steamboat head coach, said the Craig meet is one of two final regular-season meets for the Steamboat swimmers.

The final meet is in Meeker.

The Craig meet will run Friday to Sunday at Craig Swimming Pool, which is a 25-meter pool with six lanes.

About 10 teams will compete in Craig, Kenttala said.

The Junior Olympics will be held at the end of the month in Colorado Springs.

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