THORNTON — Not enough can be said about getting experience against the best competition just as the boys swimming season gets under way.
For Jill LeGault's Longmont Trojans, the Coaches Invitational served as a great way to gain insight on what other teams in Class 4A are bringing to the table.
The Trojans also got several state qualifying cuts out of the way, giving LeGault positive vibes even though LHS did not get any swimmers to the final heats Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.
"We went up against some great competition, and I had seven events represented. We were able to qualify five of those seven for state, so even though the times may have been a bit slower, you can never be upset about state cuts," LeGault said. "It went well and it gave my guys a taste of just how competitive it does get. A lot of good out of the day, for sure."
The Boulder County Invite and the Mountain Range Mustang Invite are two more big-time events the Trojans are invading in hopes to bolster their resumes.
As for Saturday, the Trojans turned in state qualifying times in both the 400 free relay (3 minutes, 44.37 seconds) and the 200 free relay (1:41.97). LeGault said she also saw some good things individually from Braxton Davis, Matthew Solc, Justin Warner and Michael Bradley.
Bradley, Sulc and Warner have state experience. LeGault, though, would love to see the entire group use the big meets to push themselves through to the Northern Conference championships.
The Trojans have a pair of sophomore divers who are expected to do very well — Cooper Welsh and Calib Young — but they did not compete on Saturday.
"We're really rebuilding our relay slots and seeing what chemistry works the best, and today we got a good feel for it," LeGault said. "The divers will definitely make their showings soon."