'Lightning' hopes to shock

Swim team ready to dive into meet

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— Steamboat's 'Team Lightning' will head into its second meet of the season today riding a wave of momentum captured last weekend at home.

Essi Kenttala, head coach of the Steamboat Springs swim program, said the local team is going into Rangely with a lot of confidence.

Seven teams will be at the two-day competition, Kenttala said.

"Now that they're over with their first meet, they feel great," Kenttala said. "The kids are improving so much and are very highly motivated to do well this summer."

Last weekend at home, Team Lightning placed second behind the Sopris Barracudas in the league-opener at Steamboat Springs.

Several local swimmers turned out stellar performances, Kenttala said.

Paul Rose tallied 28 points to muster the highest individual score in the boys' 11-12 age division.

He was first in the individual medley, 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard breast stroke and 100-yard freestyle.

Coleton Worsley, a 10-year-old local swimmer, beat Rangely's Michael Morton by a single point to place first overall in the boys' 9-10 division.

Worsley was first in the 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard breast stroke and 50-yard freestyle. He finished third in the 50-yard backstroke.

Heather Whiting, who was second overall in the girls' 13-14 age division, said the team is over its first-meet jitters.

"We're really looking forward to this," Whiting said. "We definitely have high expectations."

Starting time is at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Kenttala said.

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