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Melinda Mawdsley

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Swim squads triumph

In weather fit for winter, the Steamboat Springs boys and girls swim teams won their home meet Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Morning snow showers prevented coaches from seeing the far side of the pool and forced swimmers to scrape ice off the starting blocks.

Afternoon rain showers kept 6-year-olds wrapped in their towels and allowed volunteers to sip hot chocolate — on June 4.

Weather aside, Team Light–ning scored a combined 3,132.50 points. The boys narrowly defeated Rangely, but the girls won their meet by an astonishing 1,218 points.

The girls earned 44 top-three placings. Hestia Chase won all four of her events in the 15-and-older division. Malia Fraioli did the same in the 8-and-younger division.

In all, five Steamboat swimmers were the high-point competitors in their divisions, meaning they scored the most points when compared with other swimmers their age.

Fraioli and Chase won their divisions, as did Cole Henry (8-and-younger boys), Penn Lukens (9-10 boys) and Cole Worsley (13-and-older boys).

Saturday’s meet was a sprint-event competition.

“The kids were awesome,” Steamboat coach Essi Kenttala said. “They changed miserable to fun and took time off even though it was cold.”

Many individuals or relays took enough time off in just the second meet of the season to qualify for postseason meets such as the Western Slope Championships and the Junior Olympics.

Steamboat’s 200-meter medley relay team of Wesley Park, Garrison Osteen, Lukens and Evan Weinman qualified for the Junior Olympics with a time of 2 minutes, 42.21 seconds.

Lucy Newman, Aliisa Roe, Lara Henry and Cara Piske qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 2:52.53.

Lukens, Max Lambek, Osteen and Jack Pietig are headed to the Junior Olympics in the 200-meter freestyle relay, as well, after swimming at 3:04.02. The previous three relays qualified in the 9-10 division.

Team Lightning qualified two relays in its 11-12 division, as well. Eva Lambek, Emma Lichtenfels, Meghan Lukens and Anna Gale swam a 2:39 in the 200-meter medley relay.

Gale, Lichtenfels, Lukens and Laina Weinman teamed up to qualify in the 200-freestyle relay, as well, in 2:22.34.

Other swimmers who finished first in individual events included Erica Gale, 14, Michelle Lichtenfels, 14, Brittany Long, 14, Cameron Osteen, 13, Olivia Rose, 9, and Paul Rose, 16.