Sam Huff swims the butterfly at the Bald Eagle Open Water Series. The last event is at 6 p.m. Monday.

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Sam Huff swims the butterfly at the Bald Eagle Open Water Series. The last event is at 6 p.m. Monday.

Steamboat's Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series wraps up Monday

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— If the the Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series is proving anything, it’s that swimming really is for all ages.

The series wraps up Monday, with four champions to be crowned.

The most intrigue is in the men’s one-mile swim.

Swimmers will keep their four best times from the five-week series, and on Monday, it will be a showdown of old school and new school.

While the other three divisions — women’s mile, women's half-mile and men’s half-mile — virtually have been decided, the swimmers in the men’s mile are keeping things interesting.

There is 13-year-old Frank Ruppel, who holds a 25-second lead on 54-year-old Scott Weir. The swimmers each have won two races with the biggest time difference being a mere 34 seconds.

“I know he’s fast,” said Ruppel, who is at the Colorado State Longcourse Championships in Colorado Springs this weekend. “When Scott Weir and Samantha (Terranova) take it out, I go after them. I hope to pass them or pass Scott. Hopefully, I’ll win, but he could always sneak up on me.”

In the women’s mile division, Terranova has lapped the field and will win. Tyler Terranova will win the men’s half-mile division. Steamboat Pilot & Today sports reporter Luke Graham is well off the pace, some 32 minutes behind Tyler.

Jennifer Warren and Ruth Abate also have chances to podium in the women’s half-mile.

Anyone interested in the last event can show up at Bald Eagle Lake and register at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Warm-ups begin shortly after with the race slated to begin at 6 p.m.

The cost is $30. There also are drawings for SmartWool and Honey Stinger products.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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