Steamboat's Team Lightning strikes Montrose

Swimming squad places 6th at meet with more than 20 teams

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— Despite having just seven swimmers at a weekend event, the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning Swim Team continued to see the payoff from a summer of swimming.

Against more than 20 teams and 300 swimmers, Steam­boat placed sixth with its small contingent of swimmers Friday through Sunday at the Mon­trose Summer Open.

A slew of competitors picked up wins for Steamboat. Sarah Kite was first in the girls 11 and 12 50-yard fly. Frank Ruppel, competing in the boys 11 and 12 division, won the 50 back, 200 back and 100 back. Samantha Terranova picked up wins in the girls 11 and 12 100 free, 100 fly, 200 free and 400 free.

Beyond wins, though, several swimmers stood out beyond the results.

Adding to the point totals was 6-and-younger first-year swimmer Arianna Tullis. De­­spite the high level of competition at the event, Tullis picked up a much-needed 31.5 points in her five events to help the team get its high finish.

“Just her willingness to come down there kept our team in the running,” coach Jill Ruppel said. “She dropped time in all but one event and was a little heart charger.”

Terranova also made her sixth state cut time for the Junior Olympic event during the last day of competition, and Brenden Carta finally hit his goal time in the 100 breast after paying to do a time trial.

“He said, ‘I’m not leaving this facility until I hit my goal,’” Jill Ruppel said. “He hit his goal exactly. That was a high moment.”

The team now prepares for this weekend’s Western Slope League Summer Champion­ships in Grand Junction.

The regional meet mixes summer and year-round swim clubs. It serves as the last chance to get a qualifying time for the state meet. Steamboat is expected to take more than 25 swimmers to the meet.

The team already has qualified three swimmers — Terra­nova, Harry Wilson and Frank Ruppel — for the state meet.

“I believe we can get at least six or seven to the state meet,” Jill Ruppel said.


Montrose Summer Open Swim Meet

July 16 to 18

Steamboat finishes

(all events in yards)

Brenden Carta (13 and 14 boys)

100 free — 12th

200 breast — 5th

100 fly — 9th

50 fly — 3rd

100 breast — 5th

100 IM — 4th

50 breast — 3rd

50 free — 6th

Sarah Kite (11 and 12 girls)

100 free — 5th

100 fly — 5th

50 fly — 1st

100 IM — 4th

Marley Loomis (13 and 14 girls)

200 free — 7th

100 breast — 5th

200 back — 7th

50 breast — 3rd

100 back — 6th

50 free — 9th

Frank Ruppel (11 and 12 boys)

100 free — 2nd

50 back — 1st

50 fly — 3rd

100 breast — 2nd

200 back — 1st

200 IM — 2nd

100 back — 1st

50 free — 2nd

Madison Ruppel (13 and 14 girls)

100 free — 7th

100 fly — 4th

200 free — 4th

100 breast — 12th

200 back — 6th

100 back — 4th

50 free — 7th

Samantha Terranova (11 and 12 girls)

100 free — 1st

100 fly — 1st

200 free — 1st

50 fly — 5th

200 IM — 2nd

50 free — 2nd

400 free — 1st

Arianna Tullis (6-and-younger girls)

25 free — 6th

50 back — 11th

25 back — 5th

50 free — 23rd

25 breast — 5th

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