Margaret Lichtenfels, from left, Samantha Terranova, coach Jill Ruppel and Frank Ruppel take a break at the Colorado State Long Course Championships. The meet brought some of the best swimmers from across Colorado to the Air Force Academy.

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Margaret Lichtenfels, from left, Samantha Terranova, coach Jill Ruppel and Frank Ruppel take a break at the Colorado State Long Course Championships. The meet brought some of the best swimmers from across Colorado to the Air Force Academy.

Sports briefs for July 31


Swimmers meet at Air Force Academy

— Three Steamboat Springs youth swimmers qualified for the Colorado State Long Course Championships at the Air Force Academy this past weekend.

To qualify for the highly competitive meet, swimmers had to achieve a junior Olympic qualifying time.

The pool was also 50 meters instead of the 25 meters the swimmers are used to.

Steamboat sent 10-year-olds Margaret Lichtenfels and Samantha Terranova as well as 9-year-old Frank Ruppel.

"When you get there it's the cream of the cream," coach Jill Ruppel said of the meet that brought more than 600 swimmers from across Colorado. "It's amazing the level of swimming."

Terranova placed 17th in the 200-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100 free. Lichtenfels placed 23rd in the 200 free, and Ruppel placed 17th in the 50 back, 30th in the 100 back, 29th in the 200 individual medley and ninth in the 50 fly.

Making the accomplishments all the more impressive was that of the more than 600 swimmers, only five teams were designated as summer-only swimming programs. Most of the competitors at the event swim year-round, spending upward of 30 hours a week in a pool.

The three young swimmers from Steamboat practice in the summer for five or six hours a week at the Old Town Hot Springs.

"It's phenomenal when you think of the athletes in this," Ruppel said.

Ruppel, the head developmental coach for the summer swimming program in Steamboat, said she had to credit coaches Sara Berry, Paul Rose and Trish O'Connell for the hard work they put in throughout the summer.

"Day-in and day-out those coaches did a phenomenal job preparing these kids to swim every day," Ruppel said.

Steamboat skiers on U.S. Nordic Combined team

As in many years, the 2009 U.S. Nordic Combined team is littered with representation from Steamboat Springs.

This year's members were announced Wednesday. Of the 10-man A and B teams, six skiers are from or have ties to Steamboat.

Billy Demong, who finished third in the 2008 World Cup standings, was named to the A team along with 2003 World Champion Johnny Spillane.

The other member of the A team is Park City's Eric Camerota.

Making the B team from Steamboat were Bryan Fletcher, Alex Glueck, Alex Miller and Davis Miller.

Other B team members are Brett Camerota, Willy Graves and Skyler Keate.

"What an awesome U.S. team we have," Nordic program director John Farra said in a release. "This squad has two World Championship medalists, a World Cup overall podium performer and deep talent pool ready to move up the ranks."

Laramie Enduro draws top local mountain bikers

Several locals competed in the Laramie Enduro - billed as Wyoming's premier endurance mountain bike race.

The race covers more than 70 miles through southern Wyoming. Riders climb 8,600 vertical feet, all at elevations of more than 7,500 feet. The course takes riders over grass plains, through forests and through the rock-climbing mecca of Vedauwoo Recreation Area.

Locals Patrick West and Adam Spector each finished first in their respective divisions. In the sport male 40 to 49 division, Roy McKinstry finished second, PJ Wharton finished third and John Pougiales finished seventh. Doug Karet finished 13th in the male single speed, while Kimberly Christensen finished third in the female single speed division.

In the 35-and-older female division, Kelly Boniface finished fourth, and Karen Tremaine finished sixth.

Golf club fitting sessions coming to Haymaker

D'Lance Golf Performance Center of Englewood again will make its way to Haymaker Golf Course to help fit golfers into clubs.

The mobile fitting trailer will be at Haymaker from Friday through Monday.

D'Lance Golf will be offering full fitting sessions for woods, hybrids and irons.

"We have studied thousands of swings, and it is clear that golf clubs must be built for an individual's swing and body type," said Dan Sueltz, D'Lance Golf's chief executive officer.

Analysis can be done on existing sets of clubs or for people looking for a new set, Sueltz said.

Once the golfer's exact equipment configuration is determined, clubs are built or re-shafted in D'Lance's production facility in Englewood. Fittings are done for Adams, Callaway, Cleveland, MacGregor, Mizuno, Taylor Made and other manufactures.

To make an appointment for a complete club fitting, call the Haymaker Golf Course pro shop at (970) 870-1846, or sign up at A full fitting session costs $200. A $150 deposit is required.


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