The Pagosa Lakes Porpoises Swim Team had the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this past weekend. Our local athletes dove into the same pool that USA’s elite swimmers train and compete in, inspiring them to swim several personal bests of the season!
Fabiola Acevedo-Auli (age 9), V.V. Acevdedo-Auli (11), Keanan Anderson (11), Owen Sutton (11) and Andie Miller (12), got the meet off to a great start Saturday morning.
Fabiola improved her time in each of her events, dropping 13.95 seconds in the 100 backstroke and 9.57 in the 100 free. She also competed in the 50 fly and the 50 breaststroke. Her older sister, V.V., swam the 50 fly, the 100 back, the 100 free and the 200 IM. Keanan Anderson dropped nearly 9 seconds in both the 50 fly and the 100 backstroke. He also swam the 50 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle. Owen Sutton swam seasonal bests in the 50 fly and the 100 back. Andie Miller dropped 4.15 seconds in the 100 backstroke and 2.19 in the 50 breaststroke. She also swam the 50 fly and the 100 free.
Austin Miller (17) and Bailey King (13) represented the Porpoises in the Saturday afternoon session. Austin swam the 50 fly, the 100 free and the 200 IM. Bailey competed in the 100 backstroke, the 200 breaststroke, the 50 breaststroke and the 200 IM.
The Porpoises concluded competition on Sunday. Fabiola swam the 50 free, the 50 back (dropping 7 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke. V.V. competed in the 50 free, 100 fly, 50 back and 200 free, qualifying for the Western Slope Championships in two events. Continuing his fast swimming from Saturday, Keanan dropped time in the 50- and 200-meter freestyle events, the 50 back and the 100 breaststroke. Owen swam the 50 free, the 50 back, the 200 free and the 200 back. Andie Miller finished with personal best times in the 50 back and the 100 breaststroke. She also swam the 50 and 200 free. In the final session of the meet, Austin swam the 100 fly, the 200 free and the 400 IM, while Bailey competed in the 100 fly, the 50 back and the 200 back.
The Porpoises travel to Montrose July 15 to compete in a three-day swim meet. This will be their last chance to qualify for the Western Slope Championships held at Mesa State College in Grand Junction July 22-24.