Swimmers take 2nd at Sopris

Steamboat qualifies athletes for JOs

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Behind 46 top-three finishes in individual events and relays, the Steamboat Springs Swim Team took second at the 34th annual Invitational Sopris meet last weekend.

Team Lightning competes in Meeker this weekend.

Steamboat's girls and boys combined to score 375 points to finish second behind host Sopris, which won with 503 points. Aspen was third, and Rangely was fourth.

Steamboat coach Essi Kenttala said Team Lightning likely would have challenged for the top team spot had all its swimmers been able to compete.

Nearly a dozen were sick, and several others swam few events because of illness.

Steamboat didn't have any individual swimmers win their age classes, but several came close.

Malia Fraioli, Lucy Newman, Cole Worsley and Hestia Chase were second in their respective age divisions, and Emma Lichtenfels was third.

Fraioli qualified for the Junior Olympics, one of the premiere postseason events, in the 25-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle, winning both events.

Lichtenfels qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 100-yard breaststroke. Newman qualified for the Junior Oly--mpics in the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard breaststroke.

Cameron Osteen qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 200-yard breaststroke.

In all, Steamboat came out on top in 15 events.

"This was a great meet to try some longer distances," Kenttala said. "They have a new facility with an indoor pool. It was nice."

Forty-seven Steamboat swimmers participated in the two-day meet.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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