Steamboat Springs Team Lightning competes at toughest meet yet

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— The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning summer swim team competed in its toughest meet yet at the 56th annual Grand Junction Dolphin Invitational Swim Meet.

The meet, June 18, 19 and 20, attracted more than 20 teams from five states for a high-level competition.

“It was very advanced swimming,” coach Essi Kenttala said. “It was a next-level swim meet.”

Steamboat brought 20 swimmers to the meet and finished eighth as a team. The meet ran preliminaries in the morning with finals in the afternoon.

That typically meant swimmers would get to the pool by 7 a.m. and not be done until 9 p.m.

Highlighting the meet for Steamboat was a trio of swimmers. Harry Wilson, Samantha Terranova and Frank Ruppel all turned in times that qualified them for the Junior Olympics later this summer in Grand Junction.

Wilson qualified in the 50-meter freestyle event while picking up seven top-10 finishes. Terranova had qualifying times in the 100-meter butterfly, 50 fly, 100 free, 200 individual medley and 200 free, while picking up wins in the girls 11 and 12 200 free, 400 free and 400 IM. Ruppel qualified in the 100 fly, 100 back, 50 back, 200 back, 50 fly, 50 free and 100 free. He also swam in eight finals and finished in the top seven of each one.

“I knocked off time in everything, and I had some good places,” Terranova said. “I got my JO cuts, and that’s really good.”

Also finishing in the top 10 at the meet was Tatum Burger in the girls 10 and younger 200 free and 50 free.

Brenden Carta finished sixth in the boys 13 and 14 100 breast and ninth in the 200 breast. Clare Franklin picked up a second in the girls 13 and 14 1,500 free and a third in the 200 fly. Kane Park was seventh in the boys 11 and 12 100 breast and eighth in the 200 breast. Piper Rillos was ninth in the girls 11 and 12 200 free, ninth in the 400 free and seventh in the 200 back.

Madison Ruppel finished 10th in the girls 13 and 14 200 free and seventh in the girls 13 and 14 200 back.

Tyler Terranova was fifth in the boys 11 and 12 200 free, ninth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 400 free. Finn O’Connell finished fifth in the boys 11 and 12 50 fly, 10th in the 200 free and 10th in the 400 free.

The meet wasn’t just about top finishes as multiple swimmers took off huge amounts of time. Abbey Habermehl knocked off more than 14 seconds in her 200 breast and 400 free.

Elizabeth Lukens took off time in eight of her 11 swims, and Annika Malacinski took off an amazing 55.21 seconds in her 100 free.

Finn O’Connell knocked 14 seconds off his 400 free time and Kathleen O’Connell took off 16 seconds from 400 free time.

Steamboat resumes competition Saturday when 61 swimmers will travel to Aspen for a meet.


56th annual Grand Junction Dolphin Invitational Swim Meet

June 18, 19 and 20

All distances in meters

Steamboat Springs results in finals

■ Tatum Burger (10 and younger girls)

50 fly — 12th

200 free — 10th

200 IM — 11th

100 free — 13th

100 breast — 21st

100 fly — 11th

50 free — 7th

50 breast — 20th

■ Teague Burger (Boys 9 and younger)

50 fly — 19th

200 free — 11th

50 back — 22nd

100 free — 21st

50 free — 22nd

50 breast — 24th

■ Brenden Carta (13 and 14 boys)

100 breast — 6th

200 breast — 9th

100 fly — 14th

50 free — 14th

■ Clare Franklin (13 and 14 girls)

1,500 free — 2nd

200 fly — 3rd

400 free — 16th

■ Abbey Habermehl (13 and 14 girls)

100 breast — 11th

200 free — 13th

100 free — 16th

200 breast — 11th

400 free — 15th

■ Jaycee Holman (Girls 10 and younger)

50 back — 33rd

100 free — 18th

100 breast — 28th

50 free — 21st

50 breast — 28th

■ Mariah Hoots (13 and 14 girls)

100 breast — 17th

■ Elizabeth Lukens (11 and 12 girls)

100 back — 23rd

50 fly — 21st

200 back — 10th

■ Annika Malacinski (Girls 10 and younger)

100 back — 24th

50 fly — 18th

50 back — 32nd

100 free — 25th

100 breast — 29th

■ Finn O’Connell (11 and 12 boys)

100 back — 14th

50 fly — 9th

200 free — 10th

50 back — 19th

100 free — 18th

400 free — 10th

■ Kathleen O’Connell (11 and 12 girls)

100 back — 16th

50 fly — 12th

200 IM — 14th

50 back — 24th

100 free — 22nd

400 free — 13th

■ Kane Park (11 and 12 boys)

50 fly — 17th

100 breast — 7th

100 free — 20th

200 breast — 8th

200 back — 7th

■ Piper Rillos (11 and 12 girls)

100 back — 13th

200 free — 9th

50 back — 23rd

100 free — 16th

400 free — 9th

200 back — 7th

■ Frank Ruppel (11 and 12 boys)

100 back — 3rd

50 fly — 3rd

50 back — 2nd

100 free — 4th

400 free — 2nd

100 fly — 3rd

50 free — 4th

200 back — 2nd

■ Madison Ruppel (13 and 14 girls)

100 back — 14th

200 free — 10th

100 free — 14th

400 free — 14th

100 fly — 11th

50 free — 11th

200 back — 7th

■ Anna Terranova (Girls 10 and younger)

100 back — 17th

50 fly — 23rd

50 back — 24th

100 free — 34th

100 breast — 22nd

50 free — 24th

50 breast — 21st

■ Samantha Terranova (11 and 12 girls)

50 fly — 4th

200 free — 1st

200 IM — 2nd

50 back — 11th

100 free — 4th

400 free — 1st

100 fly — 4th

50 free — 4th

400 IM — 1st

■ Tyler Terranova (11 and 12 boys)

200 free — 5th

200 IM — 9th

50 back — 22nd

100 free — 13th

400 free — 7th

50 free — 11th

50 breast — 13th

■ Harry Wilson (11 and 12 boys)

100 back — 8th

200 free — 8th

200 IM — 8th

50 back — 12th

50 back — 11th

100 free — 10th

400 free — 9th

50 free — 5th

50 breast — 10th

■ Lucy Wilson (Girls 10 and younger)

100 back — 27th

50 fly — 22nd

50 back — 35th

100 free — 26th

100 breast — 24th

50 free — 20th

50 breast — 19th

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