Steamboat Springs swimmers make a splash at midseason meet

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— Frank Ruppel and Parker Kortas led a group of seven Steamboat Springs athletes at last weekend’s FAST midseason finale at the EPIC Recreation Center in Fort Collins.

Ruppel placed first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 backstroke, setting new state and regional qualifying times. Ruppel also was third in the 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly, and he was fourth in the 100 butterfly. Kortas was first in the 50 breaststroke and second in the 200 breaststroke at the meet.

Swimmers at the meet had to qualify in the preliminary round with the top 20 swimmers advancing to the finals in each event. The Steamboat swimmers were hoping to pick up state qualifying cuts, regional cuts and bonus sectional cuts.

Steamboat’s Samantha Terranova also had a strong showing with a second-place finish in the 100 free and 200 free and a third-place finish in the 200 free, 100 back and 200 intermediate medley. Other top showings included Carissa Anderson getting fourth in the 100 fly, Brenden Carta posting a ninth-place finish in the 200 fly and Piper Rillos earning 12th-place finishes in the 100 breast and 100 back.

The team will be back in the water Jan. 4 and 5 at the MACS Winter Open in Aurora and the third week in January at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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