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Porpoises excel at Western Slope championships

The Pagosa Lakes Porpoises Swim Team competed in the Western Slope League Championships July 23-25.

Athletes who qualified for the meet competed at Mesa State College’s El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction. Owen Sutton and Keanan Anderson competed in the Boys 10 and Under Division; Blake Irons swam with the 11-12 year-olds, and Erika Pitcher, Katie Armbrecht, Kelsea Anderson and Austin Miller competed in the 15 and Over Division.

Sutton, returning from time off in the pool, competed in six events. Sutton went into 100-meter backstroke seated 15th, but finished in the top 10, dropping 17 seconds from his season’s best time. He placed 11th in the 50 backstroke, 16th in the 200 freestyle and 50 butterfly, and 19th in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Keanan Anderson swam the 50 breaststroke, and the 50 and 100 backstroke events, improving his personal best time in each. Anderson also qualified for the Summer Club State Championships in both backstroke events.

Blake Irons continued his outstanding swim season, dropping time in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle, the 50 and 100 back, and the 50 breaststroke. He also competed in the 100 breaststroke.

Armbrecht competed in her best meet of the season. Armbrecht improved her time in every event and scored 56 of the team’s points. She finished seventh in both the 200 free and 100 back, sixth in the 50 free and 200 Individual medley and third in the 100 and 400 free.

Joining her teammate with an outstanding performance, Kelsea Anderson swam the 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle events, improving her 400 time by 19 seconds. She also competed in the 100 breaststroke, 100 back and 200 IM.

Pitcher competed in the 50, 100, 200 and 1,500 freestyle. She finished fifth in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly, improving her time by 7.36 seconds.

Miller joined his team in Grand Junction after being away for six weeks at a camp at the University of Northern Colorado. Miller swam extremely well, despite his inconsistent training schedule, dropping time in nearly every event. He scored 61 of the team’s points, placing seventh in the 100 free, sixth in the 200 IM, fifth in the 100 back, fourth in the 200 free, and third in the 100 fly and 400 free.

The Porpoises taper their training this week before heading to the Summer Club State Championships in Colorado Springs, Aug. 6-8. Emily Bryant will join these seven athletes at the state championships.