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Putting everything into the pool: Craig Sea Sharks to send 12 swimmers to state summer meet

The summer heatwave has had little impact on the members of Craig Sea Sharks, but a season of keeping cool in the pool has been about more than mere leisure, culminating in their biggest contest yet this weekend.

The local swim team will hit the state level Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Seasonal Club Championships at Colorado Springs’ Pikes Peak Athletic Training Center.

Hitting the waters of the Front Range will be a dozen of Craig’s top aqua athletes: Christian Ausmus, Nathan LeFevre, Travis LeFevre, Patrick Neton, Kennedy Kostur, Megan Neton, Sarah Johnson, Ellina Jones, Kelsey McDiffett, Alexa Neton, Molly Neton and Katelynn Turner.

The three youngest of the bunch, Kostur, Ausmus and Nathan LeFevre, represented the program at the short course portion of the Western Slope League Championships July 13 to 15 in Grand Junction, placing fourth as a group among 13 teams of swimmers 8 and younger.

Ausmus’s best finish was seventh in the boys 50-yard freestyle, while Kostur finished third or better in each of her races, including a victory in the girls 25 free as part of her first year with Sea Sharks.

Kostur noted her favorite event has been the butterfly, while the most challenging has been the breaststroke.

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“It got a lot better,” she said.

Winning both the 25 free and 25 fly at the short course league meet and third in the long course’s 100 fly, Nathan will compete in seven races in his return to state.

“I think I’ll do the best in fly,” he said.

After four years, despite gaining more proficiency in each stroke, one part of the activity remains tough in his view.

“The kicking,” he said.

Nathan’s older brother, Travis, is set for eight state events, as is Patrick Neton. In the long course events, Travis took second in 100 fly and third in the 100 backstroke and Patrick earned second in the 50 breaststroke and third in the 100 breast.

Patrick anticipates the breaststroke being his best at the next level.

“I really got the hang of it and got a lot of firsts and seconds and thirds in it,” he said. “Last year I was getting 10th in bigger meets, and now I’m doing a lot better.”

Megan Neton will compete in more solo races at state than any of her teammates, qualifying for 10 total, her best race at the WSL meet eighth in the 100 back.

“I think I’ve really gotten at my breaststroke pull-out and my dive,” she said. “I think I learned a lot more this year.”

Though Johnson and McDiffett did not compete in the league meet, they hit their marks earlier in the season, Johnson qualifying for five state races and McDiffett eight.

Among the older girls at the league races, an eighth-place finish in the 400 free relay was achieved by Jones, Turner, Molly Neton, Alexa Neton. Individually, Jones will hit the water in two races, Turner three, Molly nine and Alexa eight.

Among Alexa’s races, one will feel like three in one, as she swims a full mile freestyle — 1,500 meters or 1,650 yards.

“I’m really excited for that one,” she said.

Alexa said getting back into the sport has been invigorating this summer following the wintertime with the girls team at Moffat County High School, as she and her teammates made it to state in many races only to learn the MCHS pool would be closing.

The prospect of keeping the team going has been a motivator as well as simply doing well under the Sea Sharks mantle.

“We just put in our everything so hopefully we can keep going next year,” she said.

Coaches Heather Trapp, Charlie Coates and Allie Dilldine said the determination has been great throughout the summer for novice and veteran swimmers alike.

As a past swimmer for the Sea Sharks program as well as MCHS, Dilldine noted she especially loves seeing the progress over the weeks as young swimmers gain more confidence.

“We’ve had a lot of them excel,” she said. “It’s great to see a lot of my former teammates keep going and seeing even more of them take my place. We see a lot of kids come in unsure about competitions, and not only do they gain a lot of knowledge about how meets work, but they gain understanding of the competition and drive and they start to strive to want to win.”

Craig Sea Sharks Seasonal Club Championships qualifiers

Boys

Christian Ausmus

25-yard backstroke

25-yard freestyle

Nathan LeFevre

25-yard backstroke

25-yard breaststroke

25-yard butterfly

25-yard freestyle

50-yard freestyle

100-yard freestyle

100-yard individual medley

Patrick Neton

50-yard breaststroke

50-yard butterfly

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard freestyle

100-yard individual medley

Travis LeFevre

50-yard backstroke

50-yard butterfly

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard butterfly

100-yard freestyle

100-yard individual medley

200-yard freestyle

200-yard individual medley

Girls

Kennedy Kostur

25-yard backstroke

25-yard freestyle

50-yard freestyle

100-yard freestyle

Megan Neton

50-yard backstroke

50-yard breaststroke

50-yard butterfly

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard butterfly

100-yard freestyle

100-yard individual medley

500-yard freestyle

Sarah Johnson

50-yard freestyle

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard butterfly

100-yard freestyle

200-yard freestyle

Ellina Jones

50-yard freestyle

100-yard freestyle

Kelsey McDiffett

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard butterfly

100-yard freestyle

200-yard backstroke

200-yard breaststroke

200-yard freestyle

200-yard individual medley

Alexa Neton

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard freestyle

200-yard freestyle

200-yard individual medley

500-yard freestyle

1650-yard freestyle

Molly Neton

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

100-yard freestyle

200-yard backstroke

200-yard freestyle

200-yard individual medley

400-yard individual medley

500-yard freestyle

Katelynn Turner

50-yard freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard freestyle