FORT COLLINS - For the Silver Creek club, the Class 4A girls swimming state championships ended a whole lot better than they started on Saturday.

Getting ready for the 200 medley relay finals, the first event of the meet, Raptors senior Nicole Schlegel fell off the narrow bulkhead and into the pool at Edora Pool Ice Center. The mistake disqualified the Raptors' relay.

But the Silver Creek coaches disputed the ruling and after a short delay it was overturned. The Raptors medley relay ended up one-upping their finals seed of eighth and placed seventh to spur a number of good races throughout the afternoon, one that saw the Raptors finish seventh in the team scoring.

"Our goal was top 10, so seventh was a good day," Raptors head coach Debbie Stewart said. "The disqualification was a weird way to start out the meet. But we fought for it and the girls responded and came back strong."

As she has all season, junior Brandi Vu led the way for the Raptors, who finished fifth as a team last season. Vu placed sixth (1:05.92) in the 100 breaststroke and seventh (2:10.66) in the 200 IM while swimming on both the seventh-place medley relay and anchoring the Raptors' fifth-place 400 freestyle relay team.

Raptors junior Megan Magill placed sixth (1:57.13) in the 200 freestyle and senior Sara Findley placed eighth (53.82) in the 100 freestyle.


"I thought it went really well," Findley said. "We had a lot of good swims and I dropped time in both of my individual events. Meghan Magill qualified for sectionals, so that's really impressive. She goes really fast. Once the DQ got overturned, everything started going up. On top of that, it was just a good swim so it got us all amped up for the rest of the meet."

Also having a solid state meet, the Niwot Cougars finished ninth in the team scoring.

Led by freshman Peyton Irwin, who placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.44, the Cougars capped their meet with a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. That young relay team consisted of senior Chase Balman, sophomore Hanna Luo and a pair of freshmen in Irwin and Abigail Shaw.

"We have awesome freshmen who were all over the whole meet and that relay was such a great way to end it," said Balman, who was happy with her senior campaign after undergoing major shoulder surgery last year. "It was super fun to watch everybody do their best in the last meet of the season."

Led by a 12th-place diving finish from senior Alaina Hellenberg, the Skyline Falcons finished 25th in the team scoring.

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Class 4A girl swimming state championships

At Edora Pool Ice Center

Team scores — Cheyenne Mountain 308, Valor Christian 276, Evergreen 230, Heritage 227, Rampart 169, Windsor 125, Silver Creek 123, Highlands Ranch 111, Niwot 110, Loveland 103, Fort Collins 94, Thompson Valley 75.5, Air Academy 67, Pine Creek 55, George Washington 51, Pueblo South 39, Montrose 29, Greeley West 28, Liberty 28, Mullen 27, Standley Lake 16.5, Coronado 12, Pueblo West 7, Littleton 6, Skyline 5, Ponderosa 3.

Silver Creek’s Brandi Vu competes in the 200-yard individual medley finals Saturday afternoon at EPIC in Fort Collins during the 2017 CHSAA 4A state
Silver Creek's Brandi Vu competes in the 200-yard individual medley finals Saturday afternoon at EPIC in Fort Collins during the 2017 CHSAA 4A state championships. (Michael Brian / For

200 medley relay — 1. Cheyenne Mountain (Harper Lehman, Sophia Bricker, Cat Wright, Maggie Tibbitt), 1:44.94; 2. Valor Christian, 1:45.03; 3. Heritage, 1:45.25; 7. Silver Creek (Nicole Schlegel, Brandi Vu, Sara Findley, Jenny Weygandt), 1:50.51.

200 freestyle — 1. Lainee Jones, Pueblo South, 1:50.58; 2. Maggie Tibbitt, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:52.51; 3. Kate McDonald, Evergreen, 1:53.43; 6. Meghan Magill, Silver Creek, 1:57.13; 13. Sara Findley, Silver Creek, 1:58.65.

200 IM — 1. Morgan Friesen, Windsor, 2:06.55; 2. Ella Kirschke, Valor Christian, 2:06.92; 3. Catriona Clarke, Rampart, 2:09.30; 7. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 2:10.66; 9. Payten Irwin, Niwot, 2:11.47.

50 freestyle — 1. Lindsay Stenstrom, Valor Christian, 23:98; 2. Cat Wright, Cheyenne Mountain, 24.07; 3. Allana Clarke, Rampart, 24:39; 16. Chase Balman, Niwot, 25.64.

Diving — 1. Izzi Mroz, Valor Christian, 484.65; 2. Kyriana Chambo, Highlands Ranch, 450.80; 3. Madison Barkow, Niwot, 448.35; 12. Alaina Hellenberg, Skyline, 366.45; 17. Morgan Weygandt, Silver Creek, 261.90; 21. Ally Smith, Silver Creek, 169.90.

100 butterfly — 1. Cat Wright, Cheyenne Mountain, 55.45; 2. Madison Hoehn, Valor Christian, 56.42; 3. Allana Clark, Rampart, 57.19; 4. Payten Irwin, Niwot, 57.44; 16. Nicole Schlegel, Silver Creek, 1:01.33.

100 freestyle — 1. Kylie Andrews, Heritage, 50.59; 2. Lainee Jones, Pueblo South, 51.12; 3. Audrey Reimer, Fort Collins, 51.95; 8. Sara Findley, Silver Creek, 53.82; 11. Meghan Magill, Silver Creek, 54.49; 13. Abigail Shaw, Niwot, 55.02.

500 freestyle — 1. Erin Lang, Loveland, 4:59.26; 2. Kate McDonald, Evergreen, 5:04.11; 3. Abbey Owenby, Valor Christian, 5:07.11.

200 free relay — 1. Cheyenne Mountain (Sophia Bricker, Mikaila Duncan, Maggie York, Cat Wright), 1:38.50; 2. Heritage, 1:39.43; 3. Rampart, 1:40.96; 5. Niwot (Chase Balman, Abigail Shaw, Kristi Vu, Payten Irwin), 1:40.96; 12. Silver Creek (Hanna Burns, Jenny Wegandt, Madison Black, Meghan Magill), 1:42.56.

100 backstroke — 1. Kylie Andrews, Heritage, 55.67; 2. Audrey Reimer, Fort Collins, 55.74; 3. Erin Lang, Loveland, 57.11; 8. Abigail Shaw, Niwot, 58.93; 16. Nicole Schlegel, Silver Creek, 1:00.89.

100 breaststroke — 1. Morgan Friesen, Windsor, 1:03.72; 2. Aleks Olesiak, Air Academy, 1:03.99; 3. Emma Spotts, Heritage, 1:04.28; 6. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 1:05.92.

400 free relay — 1. Valor Christian (Lindsay Stenstrom, Ella Kirschke, Madison Hoehn, Abbey Owenby), 3:31.14; 2. Heritage, 3:33.47; 3. Evergreen, 3:33.50; 5. Silver Creek (Meghan Magill, Sara Findley, Nicole Schlegel, Brandi Vu), 3:36.17; 6. Niwot (Chase Balman, Hanna Luo, Abigail Shaw, Payten Irwin), 3:40.16.