Members of the Steamboat Swim Team celebrate after competing in Grand Junction during the weekend.
Steamboat Springs Samantha Terranova decided last summer to make swimming her thing. She always had been a seasonal swimmer, taking to the pool in Steamboat Springs when the weather was warm.
Her decision to swim year-round already is paying off.
Terranova, 14, made a zone cut in her mile swim, a zone priority cut and a sectional cut in the 400-meter freestyle during the weekend at a meet in Grand Junction.
“I was sort of nervous,” Terranova said. “But it was a really good race for me. I felt good that day and was ready to swim.”
Zones are designated times set in age groups and distances. Swimmers who meet those times qualify for the Western Zone Meet from Aug. 7 to 12 in Grand Junction.
In her mile swim, Terranova said she knew she was close to the zone time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds. She said she usually knows what her splits are and had coaches signal to her.
She finished in 18:55, but with an altitude adjustment, Terranova hit the zone time.
“When I decided to swim year-round I knew I had a good chance of doing it,” she said.
Terranova now will compete for Team Colorado at the Western Zone Meet.
“It’s a new experience for me,” she said. “I just want to take time off my events.”
Terranova’s performance highlighted another banner tournament for the Steamboat Swim Team.
Avery Harrington was fifth in the girls 11-12 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter breaststroke and was third in the 100-meter breaststroke. Johnathon Kaminski was fifth in the boys 11-12 500-meter breast and seventh in the 100-meter breast.
Parker Kortas was sixth in the girls 11-12 200-meter backstroke, 50-meter breast and 200-meter breast as well as fourth in the 100-meter breast.
Taylor Kortas picked up a pair of eighth-place finishes in the girls 13-14 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke races.
Marley Loomis was fourth in the girls 15-and-over 1,500-meter freestyle.
Frank Ruppel had two wins in the boys 13-14 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke. He also had podium finishes in the 200-meter IM (second) and 200-meter freestyle (third).
Jenna Smith was equally impressive, finishing first in the girls 8-and-under 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle and was second in the 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.
Anna Terranova was third in the girls 9-10 200-meter breaststroke.
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