Leopard Sharks swimming fast

Photo courtesy of Candi Duran

The Cortez Leopard Sharks pose at the Montrose Fall Open Swim Meet on Nov. 3-4. Back row from left, Garrett Boren, Ryan Cutrone, Bailey Duran, Caisey Duran and Samantha Bagge; and, bottom row, Troy Thomason, Jayden Thomason, Ellen McAlpin, Bess McAlpin and coach Gayle Earley.

Journal Staff Report

The Cortez Leopard Sharks have swam well in the fall season.

Troy Thomason, Trenton Bagge, Tyler Cutrone and David Crumpacker all had first-place finishes at the Montrose Fall Open last Saturday.

Thomason won the boys 7-8, 25-meter freestyle in 23.54.

Bagge took the boys 9-10, 100-meter free at 1:22.26 and won the 50-meter butterfly in 48.78. He also placed second in the 100-Individual Medley (1:37.75), 50-free (37.47) and third in the 50-meter backstroke (45.23).

Cutrone won boys 9-10, 50-meter breaststroke in 51.90 and the 100-breast in a time of 1:54.86. He was also fourth in the 50-back (48.75).

Crumpacker was victorious in the boys 8-Under, 50-back (1:02.29), second in the 7-8, 25-back (27.58) and fifth in the 8U 25-breast (45.02).

Other boys finishes were Garrett Boren, third 11-12, 200-free (3:15.72), Skyler Yarbrough, 13-14, 100-free, third, 1:19.25; and, Ryan Cutrone, 11-12, 100-free, fourth, 1:28.40.

For the girls, Samantha Bagge led the way in the 13-14 age group. She placed second in the 100-IM (1:27.42) and 100-back (1.23.23). Samantha Bagge also swam to third- and-fourth-place times in the 200-IM (3:09.97) and 50-fly (38.70).

Ellen McAlpin was second in the 8U, 50-breast (1:04.12) and fifth in the 25-fly (32.56).

Elizabeth McAlpin placed fourth in the 9-10, 50-back at 46.24.

Caisey Duran was second in the 13-14, 200-breast (3:44.72), third in the 50-meter back (41.25) and fifth in the 50-fly (45.08).

Victoria Duran came in third in the 9-10, 25-fly at a finish of 26.52.

Bailey Duran placed third and fourth in the 13-14, 50-free (34.86) and 200-IM (3:16.77).

The Leopard Sharks will host a meet next Saturday at the Cortez Recreation Center beginning at 9:15 a.m.

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