Local swimmer, Elias Carlson of Delta, traveled to California with five of his Montrose teammates to compete in the Arena Western Zone Senior Championships. His parents, Jessica and Derek Carlson, of Delta, provided the following account of the team's participation. The meet was held over four days, from Aug. 2 through Aug. 6, and hosts the top swimmers from the Western United States.
Montrose Marlin's head coach, Silas Algren, said that all of his swimmers who competed surpassed his expectations and that they had a chance to grow a lot as swimmers. "This meet was an awesome springboard for them as they move forward this year."
Carlson is pleased with his efforts at the Zones meet where he competed in the 1500m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 400m IM, 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle. "I got best times in all of my events so that was a great way to end my summer season."
The weekend before this competition at the Long Course Colorado State Championships held at Colorado Mesa University, Carlson placed ninth in the 800m freestyle and won the "B" final in the 200m Breaststroke with a time that placed him sixth overall.
Carlson, a Delta High School senior, swims with the Montrose Marlins Swim Team as well as the Montrose High School Boys' Swim Team. He makes the commute multiple times a week to be able to compete. "I started swimming when I was ten years old and started with the Marlins three years ago. Delta doesn't have a swim team for boys at the high school level, so my freshman year I made the decision to swim for Montrose. Silas is a good coach and I have great teammates down there so it's worth the drive."
Almgren said that Carlson is a very committed swimmer who has worked hard in his time with the Marlins and the high school team. "Elias runs cross country for Delta High School but otherwise he is in the pool nine months out of the year. He is dynamic in the water and has had strong success because of the work that he puts in."
As Carlson enters his last year of high school, he isn't sure what his future holds. He is looking into options for both college and the military but doesn't know if swimming will be a part of that. "College swimming is hard and the commitment is intense. If I don't get a good offer to swim somewhere, I will go with whatever seems to be the best fit."