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Smith second in age division for Steamboat swimmers at CUDA Pentathlon

Austin Colbert

— The Steamboat Springs swim team sent four athletes to the CUDA Pentathlon in Thornton on Saturday and Sunday, its second competition of the winter season.

With 25 teams present, most from the Front Range, each Steamboat athlete competed in five events. Their times were combined, with the 16 swimmers in each age group logging the lowest overall combined times being awarded trophies.

"The meet was very exciting," wrote Steamboat swim coach Patti Worsley in an email. "All of the fine tuning and technique workouts are really paying off. The swimmers looked great in the water."

Jenna Smith and Annika Fahrner were the two full-time swimmers competing from Steamboat, with Smith taking second overall out of 214 athletes in the girls' 11 to 12 age division. Smith finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, second in the 200-yard IM, second in the 50-yard breastroke, third in the 50-yard backstroke and fifth in the 50-yard butterfly.

Fahrner dropped time in three of her events and took 18th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Rylee McLouth and Lily Starkey, both part-time swimmers who train two to three times per week, each dropped time in at least one event.

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"I was really happy with their performances at the meet," Worsley wrote. "They demonstrated that they were able to swim and really compete with full-time swimmers from around the state."

Next for the Steamboat swim team is the CSI Pioneer Open from Dec. 4 through 6 at Denver University. Smith and Saige Lottes will compete for Steamboat in one of the more competitive events of the winter season.

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