Steamboat Springs Amy Brodie surprised even herself.
It wasn’t illogical, however, for the Steamboat Springs High School senior to think she might be outmatched at the 2011 Western Zone Age Group Swimming Championship.
The event, which ran Aug. 9 to 13 in Clovis, Calif., featured some of the best swimmers in the Western U.S., most of whom swim year-round.
Brodie was one of the only seasonal swimmers in the field.
“I thought I was going to be a small dog in a big dog’s world,” Brodie said.
Don’t forget the old adage that it’s not the size of the dog but the fight it has got in it.
Brodie proved to be more than worthy of her attendance, registering three top-five finishes in individual events and four podium finishes in relays.
“It makes me feel motivated even more to train throughout the winter,” Brodie said. “Usually motivating is really hard in the winter. It also gives me hope that if I can come from a small town known for skiing and not swimming … I can compete at a higher level.”
Brodie finished third in the 50-meter freestyle, fifth in the 100-meter freestyle and fifth in the 100-meter backstroke.
She also was a member of the 400 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 free relay teams that finished second.
In the 200 medley relay, her team finished first and set a meet record. The Zone team from Colorado also finished second overall at the meet.
Brodie swam last winter with Moffat County High School and then in the summer with the Steamboat Team Lightning summer swim team.
She placed third in the 50 free at the state high school meet last winter and said she probably will swim for the Bulldogs again.
Being a seasonal swimmer definitely has its disadvantages.
In summer, Brodie said she would have to swim at meets every weekend and didn’t have much time to taper off.
She said she entered the championships not expecting much. But she left California with a new sense of accomplishment.
“I think about the collegiate level where I could train year-round,” she said. “It would be something different. It would be mentally challenging. But if I can keep myself motivated, I think I can go really far with it.”
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