Team Lightning lives up to its name at invitational

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Coach Patti Worsley called the venue beautiful and the swim meet a success.

In one of the largest meets of the year, the Steamboat Springs Swim Team competed in the Aspen Speedo Invitational last weekend at the newly constructed Aspen Recreation Center.

"It was a well-organized, well-run meet," she said. "The whole facility was just beautiful."

Only 30 Team Lightning swimmers represented Steam--boat. Flipping through the results, however, Worsley listed name after name of swimmers who performed well.

In all, Steamboat recorded 54 top-three finishes at a meet that included long and short distance races. As the season draws to a close, Team Lightning has begun to taper during training, so Worsley said she expects the times to continue to get faster.

Luke Hottenroth, 15, began swimming competitively last season. In Aspen, the butterflier took 30 seconds off his personal best time in the 200-meter butterfly. He finished second in 3 minutes, 14.47 seconds. His previous best time was 3:44.97. Worsley said it's difficult to find swimmers willing to compete in that event.

"Luke Hottenroth has worked so hard," Worsley said.

Hottenroth knew his swim in Aspen was his fastest ever.

"I took 15 seconds off per 100 (meters)," he said.

Eleven swimmers dropped at least 10 seconds from their previous best times in individual events during the three-day meet. Blake Worsley, one of the state's top swimmers in his age classification, dropped 29.27 seconds off his 200 individual medley time. His time of 2:14.63 seconds was tops in the 15-and-older field.

Worsley, 17, won all seven of his individual events.

Hestia Chase, 17, and Penn Lukens, 10, podiumed in nearly all their events. The two Team Lightning swimmers also are drawing closer to Junior Olympic qualifying times, Patti Worsley said.

Lukens is "two-tenths of a millisecond" from qualifying in his top event, the 50-meter backstroke.

"This was one of my better meets," Lukens said. "My favorite stroke is butterfly, but I'm really good at backstroke."

Lukens, who unofficially became the Team Lightning mascot when he bleached a lightning bolt into the back of his head, said he hopes to qualify for the Junior Olympics at this weekend's meet in Craig.

Steamboat kicked off the Craig meet with a pancake breakfast Thursday morning in Dr. Rich Weiss Park across from the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, where the team has spent early mornings training.

This weekend's meet is the final regular season meet and represents the last chance for Steamboat swimmers to qualify for the postseason.

A large number of local athletes have qualified to swim in the Western Slope Championships and the Summer Club Championships, but additional athletes are eyeing the coveted spots on the Junior Olympic and Zone Championships teams.

Results

Steamboat Springs Swim Team

Aspen Speed Invitational, July 8-10

Top three finishes

15-and-older division

Hestia Chase (17) -- 1. 200 IM, 2:35.85; 1. 100 butterfly, 1:09.65; 2. 100 backstroke, 1:08.28; 3. 100 freestyle, 1:00.31; 3. 50 freestyle, 27.10.

Luke Hottenroth (15) -- 2. 200 butterfly, 3:14.47.

Alyssa Pierson (16) -- 3. 500 freestyle, 6:43.08.

Blake Worsley (17) -- 1. 100 backstroke, 58.34; 1. 200 freestyle, 1:56.94; 1. 200 IM, 2:14.63; 1. 100 freestyle, 50.31; 1. 50 freestyle, 22.77; 1. 100 butterfly, 58.88; 1. 200 backstroke, 2:16.94.

13-14 division

Erica Gale (14) -- 1. 200 freestyle, 2:19.06; 2. 500 freestyle, 6:17.21; 2. 200 IM, 2:43.61; 3. 100 freestyle, 1:01.93; 3. 100 butterfly, 1:16.40

Michelle Lichtenfels (14) -- 3. 500 freestyle, 6:34.94; 3. 200 backstroke, 2:48.33.

Kelsey Pierson (14) -- 2. 200 butterfly, 3:18.19; 3. 400 IM, 6:23.22.

Emily Stout (14) -- 2. 100 breaststroke, 1:24.52; 3. 200 breaststroke, 3:01.99.

Cole Worsley (14) -- 1. 200 freestyle, 2:07.88; 1. 100 freestyle, 54.67; 1. 50 freestyle, 24.72; 2. 100 butterfly, 1:07.01; 3. 100 backstroke, 1:08.22; 3. 200 IM, 2:36.58.

11-12 division

Emma Lichtenfels (12) -- 1. 100 breaststroke, 1:20.45; 2. 50 breaststroke, 37.91; 2. 200 freestyle, 2:35.62; 3. 100 backstroke, 1:21.67; 3. 2:49.02.

9-10 division

Penn Lukens (10) -- 2. 100 backstroke, 1:29.46; 2. 50 freestyle, 36.70; 2. 100 freestyle, 1:22.32; 2. 100 butterfly, 2:00.62; 2. 50 backstroke, 41.84; 2. 100 IM, 1:40.05; 3. 200 IM, 3:43.49.

Lucy Newman (10) -- 1. 100 breaststroke, 1:40.01; 1. 50 breaststroke, 43.75; 2. 100 backstroke, 1:33.94; 2. 50 backstroke, 43.02; 3. 200 IM, 3:34.75; 3. 100 IM, 1:36.07.

Olivia Rose (9) -- 3. 200 freestyle, 3:10.87; 3. 50 backstroke, 45.62.

8-and-under

Cole Henry (8) -- 1. 25 breaststroke, 25.91; 2. 25 butterfly, 28.32; 2. 25 freestyle, 19.77; 3. 25 backstroke, 23.08.

Highlights

Cole Henry made 8-and-under Championship times in the 25-meter backstroke, 25 breaststroke and 25 freestyle.

Emma Lichtenfels made a Junior Olympics time in the 100 breaststroke.

Blake Worsley made Zone times in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Cole Worsley made Junior Olympics times in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

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