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Chasing records and breaking them

Avery Tomlinson swimming the breast stroke at a Castle Crocs summer swim meet.


By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photo courtesy of the Tomlinson family

Avery Tomlinson swam the 50 meter breaststroke in 38.13 seconds, beating the Castle Crocs team record of 39.14 held by Abby Kochevar since the summer of 2010.

Tomlinson joined the team as a 6-year-old in the summer of 2012 and has been chasing Kochevar’s swim times ever since. Through the years, Tomlinson said she followed Kochevar’s exceptional swimming career not only setting records on the Crocs, but also through her club team swimming, making the U.S. Olympic Trials and attending the University of Wisconsin as a collegiate Big Ten swimmer.

“I was shocked when I broke her record. She’s an amazing swimmer and held the record for so long,” said Tomlinson.

When she isn’t swimming fast in the local Castle Pines pools, Tomlinson is working out with Club Greenwood swim team. She credits her improvement on the butterfly to her work with Coach Alan.

“I think it is great to have young girls like Avery breaking records like that! Records are meant to be broken and I wish her the best of luck in the future!” praised Kochevar.

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