Club swimming shows strong performance after break

After a successful weekend at the Colorado College Invite swim meet Jan. 23 and 24 in Colorado Springs, it looks like the season is on track for the Metro swim team.

Even after the long winter break, several swimmers made some of their best times in their races,
including sophomore Meghann Castillo, who made two best times in the 200-meter freestyle medley relay and the 100-meter backstroke.

“Almost every race we had someone in the top-10,” Castillo said. “There wasn’t a race that someone didn’t make it back for.”

Head Coach Chris Farris agrees.

“They all swam extremely well considering their training,” Farris said.

The team practiced over winter break, but many swimmers couldn’t make it back to practice until a week before the meet in Colorado Springs. But despite the hiatus from the pool, the Roadrunners perform like they had never left the water.

“We’re getting right back into everything,” Castillo said. “From here on out, it’s just going to get better. I’m really excited to see what’s in store for us in regionals and nationals. Everything is going to be
phenomenal.”

The Roadrunners will be hosting rival University of Colorado at Boulder swim team Feb. 6 and 7 at Metro, which will be a true test of the team at this point in the season.

Last year, CU took the top spot in regionals and nationals, beating out the Roadrunners who finished in the top five. It remains to be seen if the Roadrunners have what it takes to beat a team that nearly doubles them in numbers.

“As a coach, there isn’t really any answer,” Farris said. “I can do my best to train the athletes and I can ask them to push themselves, but it’s really up to the team to do their best.”

The Roadrunners will be heading to regionals in Kansas in just over a month March 5 and 6 and then to nationals in April.

“I’m looking forward to see how well everybody can do,” Farris said. “Some of our athletes are brand new to swimming, and it will show how well everybody translates what I tell them into practice. I’d like to take all 20 people on our roster to nationals.”

The Roadrunners will host CU Boulder at Metro on Feb. 6 and 7 in the Auraria Event Center.

Metro swimmer Tyler Volz swims butterfly during practice Jan. 26 at the Auraria Event Center. Photo by Drew Jaynes • ajaynes1@mscd.edu

Author: Lauren Schaedig

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