After losing only two seniors from last season, the Cyclone Girls’ Swim Team is coming into a year of more changes than what may have been anticipated.
For the 2017-2018 season, the swimmers have moved practices out to the pool at Pueblo County High School, which is a hefty 30 minute drive away from the Pueblo West Area. However, despite the obvious challenges that come with not being able to practice close to home, the team is finding success early in the season.
Last Thursday, November 30th a very young cyclone team swam to defeat the Central Wildcats 154-52, “We swam well considering we have had a confusing system as far as practicing thus far,” stated head coach Diane Petkoff, “We have had trouble clearing, getting to practices, and pretty much every other tiny thing you could think of, but we are making it work.”
The team did not lose a single event at the duel, collecting 12 first place finishes on the meet.
The swimmers collected wins from Freshmen Brooklyn Phillips, Juniors Isabell Osborne and Emily Norris, as well as from Seniors Keely Fisher and Lindsey Bertoldo. The representing Cyclone diver, Senior Madison Ortega also collected a win in her first competitive diving meet.
Phillips came away with wins in the 200 yard Individual Medley, the 100 yard freestyle, and the 400 yard freestyle relay along with Fisher, Norris, and Senior Chelsey Cosby. “Brooklyn’s time of 1:06 should make her pretty competitive in the league this year, she’s going to be a huge part of the team’s success.” noted Petkoff.
Norris Collected wins in the aforementioned relay as well as in the 200 yard freestyle. Fisher pulled a strong last 50 to win the 100 yard breaststroke in her only individual event of the day.
Bertoldo pulled out a double victory in polar events; the longest and the shortest. In the 50 yard freestyle, her time of 25.53 was close to five seconds faster than the second place finisher, which she followed with an even more decisive win in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:53 to win by over a minute. Bertoldo qualified for 2018 CHSAA state meet, and will look to add more events in upcoming meets.
Osborne added her own state qualification in the 100 yard butterfly (1:04). She collected a win there and in the following 100 yard backstroke.
The others Cyclone relay squads were equally dominant against the Wildcats. The team of Bertoldo, Fisher, Osborne, and Junior Maddie Derting collected a decisive victory in the 200 yard Medley Relay, which was followed by a swift swims from the 200 yard freestyle relay team consisting of Kylee Lamas, Lacey Pfiffer, Portia Roybal, and Cosby.
The ladies have a duel meet Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00 p.m. vs. the rival South High School Colts as well as a tri-meet against 5A Pine Creek and Palmer the following Saturday (December 9th).