On a rainy day, the excitement of the Northern League boys swim championships made up for any outdoor spring-sport cancellations. Finishing 95 points ahead of the second-place team, Silver Creek took the conference title, with swimmers in the top three in all but two events. Additionally, the Raptors managed to break two Northern League records, one in the 200 medley relay and another in the 400 freestyle relay.

Though the relays were a strong asset of the team win, the Raptors had a number of top individual finishers. Senior Tyler Lis took first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while junior Sam Willett sealed the deal in the 100 breaststroke. Willett also earned second in the 200 individual medley. Additional second-place Silver Creek finishers include Morgan DuBois, Blake Sterns, Noah Jepson, and the 200 freestyle relay team.

Longmont ended up finishing in the top-half of the team scores, placing fifth with 188 points. The Trojan swim team relied on senior diver Nick Vaughan to rack up the points, placing second with a state-qualifying score of 440.85. Michael Bradley was the other top-eight individual for Longmont, taking sixth in the 50 freestyle. Top Trojan relay teams include the fourth-place 400 freestyle relay, fifth-place 200 freestyle relay, and seventh-place 200 medley relay.

Longmont, Silver Creek, and multiple other swim teams statewide will wrap up their seasons by competing in the Class 4A State Championships to be held on May 15-16 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

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Northern Conference Championships

At MV Aquatic Center

Team scores — Silver Creek 504, Thompson Valley 409, Windsor 268, Estes Park 264, Longmont 188, Mountain View 186, Greeley Central 133, Valley 64, Englewood 62, Northridge 45.

200 medley relay — 1. Silver Creek, 1:37.99*x; 2. Windsor, 1:46.55*; 3. Mountain View (Aidan Pickering, Julan Von Holten, Nick Rubba, Zack Nickel), 1:48.38*; 4. Greeley Central, 1:49.55*; 5. Thompson Valley (Lukas Gately, Michael Vierra, Reed Charron, Braden Eidem), 1:50.75*; 6. Estes Park, 1:52.46*; 7. Longmont, 1:55.66.

200 freestyle — 1. Tyler Lis, Silver Creek, 1:42.53*; 2. Liam Gately, TV, 1:43.87*; 3. Blake Sterns, Silver Creek, 1:53.96*; 4. Garret Britt, TV, 1:54.08*; 5. Lucas Bergeson, Silver Creek, 1;54.17*; 6. Alan Whitehead, W, 1:56.83*; 7. Matt Fries, W, 2:00.98; 8. Kendrick Choong, Silver Creek, 2:01.80.

200 IM — 1. Jack Thorne, TV, 1:53.04*x; 2. Sam Willett, Silver Creek, 1:56.58*; 3. Drake Manuello, GC, 2:00.26; 4. Noah Jepson, Silver Creek, 2:02.58*; 5. Pickering, MV, 2:08.15*; 6. Lu. Gately, TV, ,2:10.42*; 7. Connor Flanery, EP, 2:15.76; 8. Samuel Beaudry, Silver Creek, 2:18.54.

50 freestyle — 1. Austin Park, EP, 21.61*; 2. Morgan DuBois, Silver Creek, 22.95*; 3. Chris Wingfield, Silver Creek, 23.27*; 4. Jack Kisch, TV, 23.36*; 5. Zach Schwarz, EP, 23.78*; 6. Michael Bradley, Longmont, 23.93; 7. Chase Schwarz, EP, 24.00*; 8. Eidem, TV, 24.06.

Diving — 1. Collin Williams, TV, 464.30*; 2. Nick Vaughan, Longmont, 440.85*; 3. Ethan Igel, EP, 438*; 4. Kyle Pape, TV, 435.40*; 5. Luke Soguero, EP, 422.35*; 6. Brandon Bicknell, TV, 411.40*; 7. Jacob Bielmaier, EP, 402.05*; 8. Colin Soguero, EP, 399.40*.

100 butterfly — 1. Lis, Silver Creek, 51.83*; 2. Pickering, MV, 56.81*; 3. Britt, TV, 57.25*; 4. Jacob Wiedeman, W, 57.48*; 5. Colby Horton, W, 57.54*; 6. Kisch, TV, 57.61*; 7. Cole Howard, Silver Creek, 1:00.91*; 8. Flanery, EP, 1:01.26*.

100 freestyle — 1. Park. EP, 47.25*; 2. Li. Gately, TV, 47.50*; 3. Elliot Shupe, GC, 49.45*; 4. N. Rubba, MV, 50.62*; 5. Wingfield, Silver Creek, 50.70*; 6. DuBois, Silver Creek, 50.83*; 7. Reed Hodgson, GC, 52.46*; 8. C. Schwarz, EP, 53.49*.

500 freestyle — 1. Eddy, TV, 4:42.70*; 2. Sterns, SC, 5:11.39*; 3. Charron, TV, 5:18.22*; 4. Bergeson, SC, 5:19.54; 5. Beaudry, SC, 5:25.74*; 6. Fries, W, 5:26.21*; 7. Vierra, TV, 5:30.82*; 8. Garrett Ludwick, W, 5:34.07.

200 free relay — 1. Estes Park, 1:32.68*; 2. Silver Creek, 1:34.64*; 3. Windsor, 1:37.15*; 4. Thompson Valley (Eidem, Lu. Gately, Britt, Vierra), 1:38.57*; 5. Longmont, 1:44.28; 6. Valley, 1:47.48; 7. Mountain View (Von Holten, Kimball Taylor, Bishop, Rydesky), 1:47.80.

100 backstroke — 1. Thorne, TV, 49.27*x; 2. Jepson, Silver Creek, 55.81*; 3. Horton, W, 58.85*; 4. Brandt Daniels, GC, 59.68*; 5. Justin Krebs, W, 1:00.42*; 6. Lu. Gately, TV, 1:00.44*; 7. M. Rubba, MV, 1:01.66*; 8. Roland Bailey, SC, 1:03.62.

100 breaststroke — 1. Willett, Silver Creek, 59.02*; 2. Manuello, GC, 1:00.41*; 3. Shupe, GC, 1:01.97*; 4. Eddy, TV, 1:02.03*; 5. Wiedeman, W, 1:06.18*; 6. Reid Sutherland, Silver Creek, 1:06.35*; 7. Michael Eckstine, SC, 1:06.42*; 8. Whitehead, W, 1:06.98.

400 free relay — 1. Silver Creek, 3:14.24*x; 2. Thompson Valley (Li. Gately, Eddy, Kisch, Thorne), 3:15.99*; 3. Mountain View (Nickel, Pickering, N. Rubba, M. Rubba), 3:32.59*; 4. Longmont, 3:44.29*; 5. Windsor, 3:54.45; 6. Estes Park, 4:13.98; Englewood, 4:47.11; 8. Valley, 4:54.69.

x — Northern League record