BOULDER — Want to know how much the Boulder-Fairview rivalry means?

Boulder swim coach Emily Sampl was reduced to tears after her team beat finally ended a lengthy 10 year drought against their crosstown rivals in red and then promptly celebrated with dip in the North Boulder Rec Center pool.

"It means a lot and I'm really happy for all the kids," said Sampl, whose Panthers won the dual 174.5-121.5. "This is a team goal for us every year, and I just can't be happier.

"This is the one that everyone comes to. I never have to ask anyone to come or give any less than 100 percent."

Said sophomore Luke Stapleton, whose brother P.J. (now at TCU) was on some really good Panthers teams that just couldn't beat the Knights: "It means so much to finally beat Fairview. It feels so good to say we finally beat them and finally had a better team."

From the get-go, it was Boulder that showed off both its individual talent as well as its depth. The Panthers opened with a 1 minute, 40.03 second victory in the 200-yard medley relay and built from there.

Defending state 500 freestyle champion Quinton Pierce then won the first of his two individual events, cruising to an 11 second victory in the 200 free (1:48.97). Pierce, a senior, would also out-dual teammate Josh Winter for a six second victory in the 500.


Sophomore Max Kreidl also claimed two events, first winning the 200 IM in sub-two minute fashion at 1:59.94. Then he edged teammate Grant Freeman by .38 seconds in the 100 fly (52.48).

Stapleton showed off in the sprints, first winning the 50 free in 22.24 seconds and then the 100 free in a fantastic race with Fairview's John Paul Phillips.

Stapleton, who got some words of advice from his brother the night before, won the turn off the wall at 75-yards and edged the Knights senior by .34 seconds.

"(P.J.) told me to have fun and wished me luck," said Luke Stapleton, who was also a part of the Panthers 200 and 400 free relay winners. "That's the most important thing about this sport, is you have to have fun with what you are doing.

"I felt very motivated to win this today and so did my teammates and it just flowed through the team today and helped us beat Fairview."

Phillips, who is going to study physics at the University of Chicago in the fall, scored the lone swimming victory for the Knights (Nick Sanders also won the diving) on Tuesday. He swam a 53.36 in the backstroke to beat Freeman by just over a second.

Boulder High School’s Luke Stapleton gives a thumbs up after winning the 50 yard freestyle event during a swim meet against Fairview on Tuesday at
Boulder High School's Luke Stapleton gives a thumbs up after winning the 50 yard freestyle event during a swim meet against Fairview on Tuesday at the North Boulder Recreation Center. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"On an individual level, there are a lot of rivalries between the two teams, so this meet is all about going out against people I know are going to swim fast and try their hardest," Phillips said. "It's a great day to race."

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At North Boulder Rec Center

200 medley relay — 1. Boulder (Grant Freeman, AJ Dolan, Matt Slade, Mason Pendergast) 1:40.03; 2. Fairview 1:41.47.

200 freestyle — 1. Quinton Pierce, Boulder, 1:48.97; 2. Cooper Lull, Boulder, 1:59.61; 3. Mateo Norbut, Fairview, 2:00.53.

200 IM — 1. Max Kreidl, Boulder, 1:59.94; 2. Spencer Derthick, Fairview, 2:05.36; 3. Cody Yan, Fairview, 2:07.00.

50 freestyle — 1. Luke Stapleton, Boulder, 22.24; 2. Mason Pendergast, Boulder, 22.89; 3. Luka Visnjic, Fairview, 23.59.

Diving — 1. Nick Sanders, Fairview, 200.35 pts.; 2. Luke Bohin, Boulder, 161.80.

100 butterfly — 1. Max Kreidl, Boulder, 52.48; 2. Grant Freeman, Boulder, 52.86; 3. CJ Turf, Boulder, 56.05.

100 freestyle — 1. Luke Stapleton, Boulder, 48.62; 2. John Paul Phillips, Fairview, 48.96; 3. Will Brown, Fairview, 49.69.

500 freestyle — 1. Quinton Pierce, Boulder, 5:01.18; 2. Josh Winter, Boulder, 5:07.80; 3. Spencer Derthick, Fairview, 5:15.64.

200 free relay — 1. Boulder (Luke Stapleton, Mason Pendergast, Quinton Pierce, Max Kreidl) 1:33.00; 2. Boulder 1:38.91; Fairview 1:39.21.

100 backstroke — 1. John Paul Phillips, Fairview, 53.36; 2. Grant Freeman, Boulder, 54.68; 3. Brandon Li, Fairview, 59.22.

100 breaststroke — 1. AJ Dolan, Boulder, 1:01.74; 2. Cody Yan, Fairview, 1:03.00; 3. Henry Crouch, Boulder, 1:07.56.

400 free relay — 1. Boulder (Luke Stapleton, Quinton Pierce, Grant Freeman, Max Kreidl) 3:30.18; 2. Fairview 3:36.99; 3. Boulder 3:38.27.