Swim team continues hot start
June 20, 2008
Steamboat Springs — For the second week in a row, the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swimming team swam away with the overall title, this time winning in Aspen by more than 700 points.
Steamboat scored 2,659 points to the Glenwood Springs Sopris Barracudas’ 1,869. Aspen came in third with 1,737 points.
First-place finishes from Steamboat included: Luke Borgerding in the 50-yard fly; Amy Brodie in the 100 free, 100 fly, 50 free and 200 fly; Lucy Franklin in the 200 back; Meghan Lukens in the 50 free; Finn O’Connell in the 500 free; Haley Piske in the 500 free; Frank Ruppel in the 100 free, 50 fly and 50 free; Madison Ruppel in the 100 free; Anna Terranova in the 25 back; Samantha Terranova in the 50 fly and 50 free; and Claire Thorp in the 25 back.
“I’m a little bit surprised we did this well,” Steamboat coach Essi Kenttala said. “There were a ton of teams there that are able to swim year-round. I’m impressed with our team. I’m very, very happy.”
Kenttala said she was especially impressed with Lukens’ performance. Lukens, 15, was the oldest Steamboat swimmer and came away with solid results in all of her events. Including her win, Lukens took home five second-place finishes plus a third- and a fourth-place finish.
“I’m so excited for her,” Kenttala said. “She is really stepping it up.”
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Malia Fraioli, Abbey Habermehl, Avery and Charlie Harrington and Madison Ruppel took time off in all of their events.
Team Lightning competes Saturday and Sunday in Glenwood Springs. Kenttala said she expects at least 10 teams to compete in Glenwood, including many of the same teams Steamboat saw in Aspen.
“I think this meet will be a very popular one to go to. But so was Aspen,” Kenttala said. “That’s why we’re real happy with this result.”