Steamboat swimmers impress at league championships

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— A summer full of early morning wakeup calls five days per week paid off for many members of the Steamboat Springs Swim Team last weekend at the Western Slope League Championships in Grand Junction.

Paced by Annika Fahrner and Avery Harrington in the older divisions, and Jenna Smith and Sage Lottes in the younger classes, Steamboat managed to grab a chunk of podium finishes and even a couple berths to the state championships.

Harrington dominated the girls 13-14 class, placing in the top three in all of her individual events, including a trio of first-place finishes in the 100-meter backstroke (1:15.52), the 200-meter IM (2:42.31) and the 50-meter free (29.92). She was the high point champion and will swim the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke at state.

Fahrner also faired well in the 13-14 division, swimming a phenomenal 1,500-meter free, coach Patti Worsley said, en route to second place. She also grabbed third in the 400-meter free and fifth in the 200-meter free out of 39 swimmers.

Lottes, 10, swam to second-place finishes in the 100-meter fly (1:45.10), the 50-meter fly (45.11) as well as the 50-meter free (37.32). Lottes also finished in the top five in the 200-meter free, the 100-meter free and the 100-meter backstroke.

Smith, swimming in her first meet as an 11-12 division competitor, had three third-place finishes in the 50-meter fly, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter free. Smith also was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:32.70 and had three other fourth-place finishes in her busy weekend. She will swim at state in the 50-meter free and will lead off the 50-free relay.

Steamboat’s Emily Craig had a pair of seventh-place finishes in the 200-meter IM and the 200-meter back. Kendall Harrington, Avery’s little sister, shaved time off all of her individual events en route to fifth-place finishes in the 200-meter free, the 100-meter free as well as the 50-meter free.

Brendan Carta, competing in the 15-and-older senior class, finished in the top 10 in the 50-meter free, the 200-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter breaststroke.

Becca Fahrner, Annika’s sister, also impressed her coach, cutting time off her previous meets with a fourth-place finish in the 50-meter free in the 10-and-under age class. She also was ninth in the 50-meter fly.

Maggie Morton took sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke and seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke in her 13-14 age class. Rylee McLouth, another standout Steamboat junior, took fifth in the 50-meter backstroke and seventh in the 100-meter free in the 10-and-under division.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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