THORNTON — Tanner Filion was one of the top swimmers for local teams in action at the 2019 Dick Rush Coaches Invite on Saturday and delivered a strong showing in Thornton.
The senior helped two relays place in the top 18 and added a pair of top-5 individual finishes on the day to lead Monarch to 132.5 points and 12th place in the meet.
"I think I've done pretty well," Filion said. "I surprised myself in the 200 (freestyle). I didn't think I was going to do as well as I did."
Filion qualified for the finals in the 200 and 500 freestyle in the preliminary round Saturday morning and had his chance to swim with the other top swimmers in the meet. After helping the 200 medley relay finish 13th in the first race, he got back in the pool and swam the 200 in 1:46.21 to finish third overall.
"Today, I felt good in the 200," Filion said. "Usually the 500 is my stronger event, but today I definitely swam the 200 well."
Filion would finish fourth in the 500 with a time of 4:54.60 and helped the 400 freestyle relay team finish seventh in 3:22.97 to round out four placing results in the meet.
This year, Filion is striving to put up his best times in the pool, but he is also focused on becoming a team leader and helping the others with him to perform at a high level.
"I'm trying to grow more as a person," Fillion said. "I'm becoming a better leader for the team since I was voted a captain this year."
So far this year, Monarch has performed well with Filion serving as one of their captains. The team won the Legacy Invite to open the season and secured dual meet wins over Boulder and Fairview heading into this weekend.
Other swimmers stepped up alongside Filion at the meet — starting with Cody Glasetter who finished tied for 13th in the 50 freestyle and 17th in the 100 butterfly. Patrick Vo was 17th in the 200 IM and Daniel MacLaughlin was 18th in the 500 freestyle to aid Mohi's output. Monarch also got a lift from a handful of swimmers in their three relays that placed as well.
"It's looking really good for us," Fillion said. "There's still some work to do, but I think we can pull through and do well. People have stepped up and adjusted well. I'm really proud of them for that."
While happy with the early results, Filion says that he and the team are not satisfied yet with their accomplishments and says there is more work for himself and the team when they return to action in April.
"I have to keep grinding away in practice, keep my head down and stay humble," Filion said. "I want to get faster. We'll see how it goes."
Swimming shorthanded on Saturday
For all the local teams competing in Thornton, they were missing some of their top swimmers and were not at full strength for the meet. With many swimmers competing in club swimming as well, those swimmers were gone for a sectionals meet or U.S. Juniors meets this weekend instead.
"Between that and spring break, that makes this meet hard," Broomfield coach Emily Austin said.
Austin added that some teams had swimmers gone for similar meets earlier in the month. It was this week, however, that area teams were going to be shorthanded in particular.
Silver Creek saw a drop in numbers this weekend but still managed to place in multiple events behind its freshman class. Jake Gutru led the way for the Raptors, swimming legs of the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay while also finishing 18th in the 100 backstroke.
"We obviously were short-staffed," Gutru said. "We only had 10 swimmers here and not all of them were swimming. We are working hard in their absence. We have to make up that extra yard or two because they (club swimmers) are not there."
With some young swimmers on hand, Silver Creek scored 17 points to finish 27th in the meet. Broomfield scored 22 points, all coming from relays. Legacy and Longmont each had a relay team qualify to be an alternate for the finals but did not get to swim in the afternoon session.
2019 Dick Rush Coaches Invite
At Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 445.5, Cherry Creek 390.5, Ponderosa 285, Fort Collins 233, Arapahoe 218, Fossil Ridge 181, Windsor 170, Cherokee Trail 152, Highlands Ranch 147, Smoky Hill 145, Greeley West 143, Monarch 132.5, Grandview 131, Heritage 127, Mullen 106, Denver East 67, Denver South 63, George Washington 58, Lakewood 56, Chatfield 43, Wheat Ridge 32.5, Columbine 29, Brighton 28, Mountain Range 26, Denver North 23, Broomfield 22, Silver Creek 17, Aurora Public Schools 6, Douglas County 6
200 medley relay — 1. Ponderosa (Nathan Griffin, Colton Burks, Blake Wilton, Joey Ulrich), 1:34.24*; 2. Cherry Creek (Jake Russell, Spencer Smith, Lars Hanna, Bryce Ortanes), 1:36.43*; 3. Fort Collins (Lucius Gao, Jack Ballard, Knox Williams, Ethan Engelhardt), 1:37.51*; 13. Monarch (Tanner Filion, Patrick Vo, Ethan Glenn, Cody Glasetter), 1:44.45*; 15. Silver Creek (Jake Gutru, Andrew Wu, Vincent Vu, Dakota Casey), 1:49.58*; 18. Broomfield (Sam Hahn, Lucas Becker, Henry Kuhna, Jon Kim), 1:50.77*.
200 freestyle — 1. Ben Freeman (Mullen), 1:43.26*; 2. Cobi Wood (Grandview), 1:43.30*; 3. Tanner Filion (Monarch), 1:46.21*.
200 IM — 1. Will Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 1:50.38*; 2. Tristan McFarland (Denver South), 1:56.93*; 3. Sawyer Inglis (Regis Jesuit), 1:57.39*; 17. Patrick Vo (Monarch), 2:04.04*
50 freestyle — 1. Blake Wilton (Ponderosa), 20.85*; 2. Brendan Eckerman (Cherry Creek), 21.42*; 3. William Chavez (Mullen), 21.48; T-13. Cody Glasetter (Monarch), 22.92*.
Diving — 1. Quinn Henninger (Regis Jesuit), 565.40*; 2. John Ryan (Denver South), 557.15*; 3. Clayton Chaplin (Highlands Ranch), 520.60*.
100 butterfly — 1. Blake Wilton (Ponderosa), 49.38*; 2. Hunter Foehner (Columbine), 50.08*; 3. Knox Williams (Fort Collins), 51.23*; 17. Cody Glasetter (Monarch), 56.11.
100 freestyle — 1. Brendan Eckerman (Cherry Creek), 46.99*; 2. Lucius Gao (Fort Collins), 47.44*; 3. William Chavez (Mullen), 47.65*.
500 freestyle — 1. Sawyer Inglis (Regis Jesuit), 4:42.73*; 2. Tristan McFarland (Denver South), 4:44.60*; 3. Kadin Dennver (Cherokee Trail), 4:51.60*; 4. Tanner Filion (Monarch), 4:54.60*; 11. Patrick Vo (Monarch), 5:02.33*; 18. Daneil MacLaughlin (Monarch), 5:16.31.
200 free relay — 1. Fort Collins (Knox Williams, Lucius Gao, Ethan Engelhardt, Jack Ballard), 1:28.35*; 2. Cherry Creek (Matthew Rusakevich, Tommy Salvetti, Nikolas Silolahti, Brendan Eckerman), 1:29.35*; 3. Arapahoe (Mitch Burcham, Jack Giesen, Ben Brewer, Nick Stephenson), 1:30.07*; 13. Monarch (Austen Schunk, Ryan Shaffer, Jackson Jupille, Cody Glasetter), 1:34.64*; 20. Silver Creek (Jake Gutru, Andrew Wu, Vincent Vu, Dakota Casey), 1:38.71.
100 backstroke — 1. Nathan Griffin (Ponderosa), 51.11*; 2. Jason McMechan (Cherokee Trail), 52.41; 3. Andrew Scoggin (Windsor), 53.18*; 18. Jake Gutru (Silver Creek), 59.03*.
100 breaststroke — 1. Will Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 56.68*; 2. Sebastian Wolff (Heritage), 57.94*; 3. Jack Berdahl (Arapahoe), 58.19*.
400 free relay — 1. Cherokee Trail (Nikolas Silolahti, Lars Hanna, Bryce Ortanes, Brendan Eckerman), 3:10.79*; 2. Ponderosa (Blake Wilton, Joey Ulrich, Jacob Swier, Nathan Griffin), 3:12.61*; 3. Regis Jesuit (Gio Aguirre, Gavin Will, Sawyer Inglis, Will Goodwin), 3:13.95*; 7. Monarch (Ethan Glenn, Austen Schunk, Patrick Vo, Tanner Filion), 3:22.97*; 13. Broomfield (Jon Kim, Arya Nandyal, Stephen Gately, Sam Hahn), 3:31.73*.
* — denotes state-qualifying mark