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Swimming lifetime bests at championships

Swim teams from Colorado’s Western slope traveled to Mesa State College in Grand Junction last weekend to compete in the league meet.

Six members of the Pagosa Lakes Porpoises joined athletes from Aspen, Cortez, Craig, Delta, Durango, Telluride, Vail, Ouray, Rangely, Grand Junction, Montrose, Gunnison, Sopris and Steamboat Springs.

All swimmers were required to qualify for the three-day championship event.

Competing in the male 11-12 division were Porpoise swimmers Keanan Anderson and Owen Sutton. V.V. Acevedo-Auli raced in the girls’ 11-12 age group. Emily Bryant and Katie Armbrecht competed in the girls’ senior (15 and over) division and Austin Miller in the boys’ senior division.

V.V. (age 11) placed 12th in the 400- and 50-meter freestyle events, and 10th in the 200 free, dropping over 13 seconds. She placed eighth in the 100 butterfly, 14th in the 200 IM, and 21st in the 100 backstroke. V.V. will compete in two events at the Seasonal State Championships in Craig Aug. 5-7.

In his final meet of the season, Keanan Anderson (11) placed 15th in the 50 breaststroke, 24th in the 50 back, 23rd in the 50 free, 22nd in the 100 back and 10th in the 100 breaststroke.

Owen Sutton (11) placed 23rd in the 100 free, 11th in the 400 free, 18th in the 200 free, 17th in the 50 back and ninth in the 100 fly.

In the senior girls division, Emily Bryant (15) placed sixth in the 400 IM, ninth in the 50 free and 200 IM, 12th in the 200 back, eighth in the 200 free and 100 fly, 11th in the 100 back, and seventh in the 100- and 400-meter freestyle events. Emily dropped time in nearly all of her swims, including over a three-second drop in both the 200 back and 100 butterfly.

Katie Armbrecht (17) finished third in the 400 IM, improving her time by 17.31 seconds, and third in the 200 IM. She placed eighth in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, sixth in the 100 and 200 freestyles, and fourth in the 400 free. Overall, Katie dropped over 35 seconds over the course of the meet.

Both Emily and Katie will compete in the state meet.

Austin Miller (17) also had several lifetime best performances. Austin placed fourth in the 400 IM, dropping nearly nine seconds, 15th in the 50 free, and 11th in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 2:43.73, a four second improvement. He placed 10th in the 200 free, eighth in the 100 back and 100 free, ninth in the 200 IM, and seventh in the 100 fly. Austin finished ninth in the 400 free and improved his time by over 11 seconds!

The regular Porpoises training season will come to a close July 28, while those who qualified for Season State Championships will continue training before concluding their season in Craig in August.

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