Emily Austin wanted her Broomfield boys swim and dive team to recognize one thing entering Saturday's Boulder County Invite at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center.
The longtime coach told her boys that the pool will get them fast times if they swim their best, and the Eagles seemed to take that to heart as they finished fourth of six teams at the annual meet with 430 points.
"We didn't get any new state qualifying times, but pretty much every boy got a best time in just about everything, and I'd say that's a highlight," Austin said. "This is a fast pool, and I let the kids pick the events they wanted to do. Some of them swam slightly off-events, but events they're still good at. I'm proud of them."
Broomfield started the day off with a 200 medley time of 1 minute, 45.42 seconds, which was good for seventh for the team of Ryan Davis, Austin Crump, Jacob Hahn and Daniel Brindzik. The 200 freestyle relay team finished fourth with a solid 1:35.15, and the 400 free relay also finished seventh with a time of 3:36.73.
Davis, just a freshman and part of the 400 free relay, produced solid individual times in his first BoCo Invite. With just about one month left in the season, the meet provides swimmers with a good measuring stick for what they need to do as they start thinking about tapering.
"There were a lot of fast swimmers," said Davis, who finished just one hundredth away from qualifying for state (24.01) in a stacked 50 free. "I was hoping to do better in my backstroke, but I had subbed in the 200 free relay just before that. But I still got a best time, so I was happy.
"I'm qualified in relays, but if I can qualify in an individual before the end of the season that would be nice. I'm close in the 50, just need to do a little more work in that.
Crump finished third in back-to-back events, going 52.69 in the 100 fly before turning around for a mark of 48.74 in the 100 freestyle. He went on for a 22.36 split in the 200 free relay, which also included Colin Peterson, Bo St. Onge and Brindzik.
"He had been doing two-a-day practices all week and he was tired but still swam back-to-backs today," Austin said of Crump. "In my head, that's tough no matter what, and he swam great in his 100 free."
St. Onge also had a top-eight individual finish for BHS, placing seventh in the backstroke (1:00.75). The day saw eight meet records fall — most of those coming from Boulder on its way to a second place finish — while Fairview won the meet with depth.