THORNTON — The talent of the sophomore class of swimmers for Fairview is no mirage.

In fact, it is an oasis of hope for the next couple of years for the Knights and they proved it once again in Saturday's 29th Boulder County Invitational at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

With a full stable competing in one of FHS head coach Bob Smartt's "Big Three" season meets, Fairview's second-year crew shone brightly in helping the Knights to the team title. While several of them were instrumental in last year's Class 5A team championship as freshmen, there are several more who have taken that next step.

Morgan Simon, Mikayla Seigal, Una Forsythe, Mya Drost-Parra and Natalie Brent are just a few of the rising stars looking to join a group of five others (Riley Tapley, Kim Lanaghen, Amalie Lessing, Alex Schwier, Kaia Reznicek) who swam on championship Saturday last year.

"It really comes through practice and us just pushing each other really hard, and we're very competitive against each other even racing in practice," said Seigal, who on Saturday finished third in the 200 individual medley, fourth in the 100 butterfly and helped FHS to first place in the 200 freestyle relay with Forsythe and Reznicek. "Since we had a lot of seniors last year, we knew we had to fill those shoes and try and make the team as best as we can this year."


Coming into the season as the defending champs has brought plenty of motivation to the team early on. So, too, has the idea of rival Fossil Ridge possibly being the best team in state history in the sport and out to dethrone them.

The Knights' hopes rest largely on the shoulders of the sophomores, but it is an entire group that can confide in each other rather than just one or two girls.

"It does take a little bit of pressure off, but we still know that we all have to try as hard as we can individually and treat each race as our own," Lessing said. "I know that for me, I feel I could be doing better but I feel like at state I will be able to be better because I'll be rested and ready. I think that's the same with a lot of other girls."

The Knights are clearly swimming with confidence and that led to winning Saturday's event by more than 220 points over second-place Regis Jesuit — who could be a top-5 5A team at the state meet. Lewis-Palmer was third with 311 points and Legacy placed fourth with 280.5 points.

Lessing won the IM with one of the fastest times in school annals, and she competed side-by-side with Brittney Beetcher in the 500 free, placing second. The 500 free saw six Knights finish in the top 10.

Drost-Parra and Lanaghen were 1-2 in the butterfly, and Fairview had 27 top-eight finishes overall. The Knights' goal for state qualifiers is 25 individuals, and they attained their 23rd with five weeks to go.

"We have a heavy load on us, but I think if we keep training as hard as we can rest for a good meet at state," Seigal said. "We're looking to win again, and it's teamwork."

"We're really excited about Mikayla and the improvement she's had over the last year all across the board. The butterfly, the sprint free, the (IM)... she's having a great year of training," Smartt said. "Morgan is another one that has improved a lot and today swam 7,000 yards in a club practice before coming here and having a wonderful meet for us. We're working hard, and this was a good meet to put things in perspective."

While the Knights represent the establishment in girls swimming — a team that will always be deep — Legacy showed Saturday that it has a case for another high finish in the Front Range League after breaking a few school records and finishing ahead of solid teams like Cherokee Trail, Rampart and Monarch.

The Lightning received two top-five finishes from junior Bella Walters (200 IM, 100 backstroke), while Taylor Clark and Georgia Brookstein finished third and fourth in diving. Sophia Romero and Shannon Feran continue to excel in multiple events, as well.

"I think we have a lot of potential with (FRL championships) and state coming up," Walters said after her school record times in both of her individual events. "Last year at leagues we finished fourth and that was a major goal that we met. It was fantastic. It would be great for us to go top-four again, and I think everyone would be proud of that."

Monarch's Sidney Trimm finished second in the 50 freestyle to give the Coyotes a highlight, and Broomfield's Jillian Martin — another sophomore — placed third in the 200 free. The Eagles also had diver Katie Conn in fifth place.

Boulder's Grace Valette, just a freshman, placed third in the 500 free.

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Team scores — Fairview 746.5, Regis Jesuit 525, Lewis-Palmer 311, Legacy 280.5, Cherokee Trail 232.5, Rampart 203, Monarch 165.5, Heritage 164.5, Loveland 164, Rocky Mountain 132, Ralston Valley 118, Broomfield 94, Horizon 93, Boulder 75.5, Columbine 74, Pueblo South 52, Standley Lake 32, Arvada West 18, Manitou Springs 14.

200 medley relay — 1. Lewis-Palmer, 1:49.26; 2. Heritage, 1:50.02; 3. Fairview A, 1:50.46; 6. Fairview B, 1:53.75; 9. Monarch, 1:55.15; 14. Legacy, 1:58.52; 15. Monarch B, 1:58.56.

200 freestyle — 1. Kylie Andrews, Heritage, 1:55.38; 2. Erin Lang, Loveland, 1:57.24; 3. Jillian Martin, Broomfield, 1:57.45; 6. Morgan Simon, Fairview, 2:00.51; 7. Cailen Chinn, Fairview, 2:00.56; 9. Robin Cruz-Abrams, Fairview, 2:02.22; 10. Kira Rimstidt, Fairview, 2:03.29; 13. Alex Schwier, Fairview, 2:04.62.

200 IM — 1. Amelie Lessing, Fairview, 2:06.42; 2.Meredith Rees, Lewis-Palmer, 2:09.37; 3. Mikayla Seigal, Fairview, 2:11.85; 4. Bella Walters, Legacy, 2:12.81; 5. Kim Lanaghen, Fairview, 2:14.69; 8. Una Forsythe, Fairview, 2:15.94; 9. Kandice Chandra, Legacy, 2:16.51; 15. Randi Rens, Monarch, 2:19.51.

50 freestyle — 1. Jada Surrell-Norwood, Regis Jesuit, 24.52; 2. Sidney Trimm, Monarch, 24.79; 3. Emily Barrier, Rocky Mountain, 24.96; 4. Kaia Reznicek, Fairview, 24.98; 6. Sophia Romero, Legacy, 25.22; 7. Brittney Beetcher, Fairview, 25.28; 9. Shannon Feran, Legacy, 25.55; 16. Emma Perkins, Fairview, 25.99.

Diving — 1. Christie Yee, Cherokee Trail, 447.80; 2. Rachel Holland, Rocky Mountain, 441.70; 3. Taylor Clark, Legacy, 435.25; 4. Georgia Brookstein, Legacy, 419.00; 5. Katie Conn, Broomfield, 409.25; 14. Abby Crosier, Legacy, 358.15; 19. Stephanie Molitor, Legacy, 323.10.

100 butterfly — 1. Mya Drost-Parra, Fairview, 58.30; 2. Kim Lanaghen, Fairview, 58.45; 3. Samantha Smith, Regis Jesuit, 58.69; 4. Mikayla Seigal, Fairview, 59.02; 6. Sophia Romero, Legacy, 59.94; 7. Shannon Feran, Legacy, 59.95; 9. Una Forsythe, Fairview, 1:00.53; 10. Jillian Martin, Broomfield, 1:00.54; 12. Kandice Chandra, Legacy, 1:01.70; 14. Lizzy Nielsen, Legacy, 1:01.99; 14. Elyssa Hofgard, Fairview, 1:01.99.

100 freestyle — 1. Lainee Jones, Pueblo South, 54.27; 2. Meriel Upton, Regis Jesuit, 55.39; 3. Riley Tapley, Fairview, 55.43; 6. Sidney Trimm, Monarch, 55.63; 7. Morgan Simon, Fairview, 55.83; 14. Julianna Haensly, Fairview, 57.23; 15. Megan Mitchell, Monarch, 57.52.

500 freestyle — 1. Brittney Beetcher, Fairview, 5:00.99; 2. Amelie Lessing, Fairview, 5:08.50; 3. Grace Valette, Boulder, 5:16.19; 4. Isabel Rich, Fairview, 5:20.20; 6. Heather MacLachlan, Fairview, 5:26.90; 8. Rebecca Thompson, Broomfield, 5:27.84; 9. Kira Rimstidt, Fairview, 5:27.95; 10. Erin Koewn, Fairview, 5:31.05.

200 free relay — 1. Fairview A, 1:40.11; 2. Regis Jesuit, 1:40.86; 3. Heritage, 1:41.58; 5. Legacy, 1:42.40; 6. Fairview B, 1:42.75; 12. Broomfield, 1:46.69; 13. Fairview C, 1:46.85; 15. Fairview D, 1:48.59.

100 backstroke — 1. Meredith Rees, Lewis-Palmer, 56.98; 2. Riley Tapley, Fairview, 57.86; 3. Erin Lang, Loveland, 58.62; 4. Katey Lewicki, Monarch, 59.40; 5. Bella Walters, Legacy, 59.82; 6. Mya Drost-Parra, Fairview, 59.95; 9. Grace Valette, Boulder, 1:01.55; 9. Kaia Reznicek, Fairview, 1:01.55; 12. Randi Rens, Monarch, 1:02.04; 13. Cailen Chinn, Fairview, 1:02.27; 15. Emilia Culberson, Boulder, 1:02.80; 16. Lizi Bolles, Fairview, 1:03.06.

100 breaststroke — 1. Edenna Chen, Rampart, 1:05.95; 2. Isabelle Davenport, Ralston Valley, 1:07.24; 3. Alex Nadelson, Fairview, 1:09.90; 4. Natalie Brent, Fairview, 1:10.20; 5. Mikaela Romano, Legacy, 1:10.24; 8. Katie Lewicki, Monarch, 1:11.14; 8. Erin Keown, Fairview, 1:11.14; 11. Amelia Heckman, Fairview, 1:11.84; 15. Kate Jordan, Fairview, 1:13.17.

400 free relay — 1. Regis Jesuit 3:36.23; 2. Fairview A, 3:40.48; 3. Fairview B, 3:43.75; 7. Fairview C, 3:50.76; 12. Boulder, 3:53.25; 15. Legacy, 3:55.08; 16. Fairview D, 3:56.08.