SWIMMERS/DIVERS TO KNOW
Cailen Chinn, Sr., Fairview: One of the premier freestylers in the region, will be a pivotal part in their relays too.
Emilia Culberson, So., Boulder: A big offseason of swimming has Panthers coach Jay Turner thinking big things for her.
Payten Irwin, So., Niwot: Was a finalist in the fly last season as a freshman and should be right back in the mix there and in the 200 IM.
Amelie Lessing, Jr., Fairview: Talented Knights junior will be one of the favorites in both the 200 IM and 500 free, where she was a runner-up last season.
Jillian Martin, Jr., Broomfield: Placed 11th in both the 200 & 100 free last season and would love nothing more to make the top eight in each this time around.
Lucy Matheson, So., Longmont: Burst onto the prep scene in a big way, placing in the top three in each of her individual events (200 IM and 500 free) and leading the turnaround for the Trojans team.
Mikayla Seigal, Jr., Fairview: One of three Knights returners to place in the top eight of two individual (events last season at state.
Brandi Vu, Sr., Silver Creek: The talented Raptors senior has already committed to the University of Denver and will look to try and etch her name in the Silver Creek record books.
5A state meet: February 9-10 at Edora Pool Ice Center, Fort Collins
4A state meet: February 8-10 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton
3A state meet: February 8-10 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton
Coach: Jay Turner (3rd season)
Last year: Finished tied for 18th at Class 5A state meet.
Returning state qualifier: Emilia Culberson (So., 100 back, relays); Anna Katnik (So., relays); Alexa Warner (Sr., relays).
Other to watch: Ella Kipfer (Fr.); Bena Koehn (Fr.); Ella Lyons (Fr.);
Sofia Orrey-Valencia (Sr.); Ella Riccio (Fr.).
Outlook: The Panthers welcome a wealth of freestyle talent in the form of eight freshman year-round swimmers. "Just as impressive as well are five freshman divers entering all with decorated backgrounds as gymnasts," said Turner who singled out Culberson as one to watch after a big summer.
Coach: Emily Austin (20th season)
Last year: Finished tied for 21st at Class 5A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Kirsten Kerwin (Sr., relays); Annabelle Lingbeck, (So., relays); Jillian Martin (Jr., 100 & 200 free); Anna Martinez (Jr., relays); Rebecca Thompson (So., relays).
Others to watch: Brooke Brounstein (Sr.); Kylie Frese (So.); Nikki Gorman (Fr.); Grace Higgins (Fr.); Jordan Johnson (Fr.); Brynja Marshall (So.); Mairead Powers (Fr.).
Outlook: Said Austin: "We've got some experienced freshmen on the team, so hopes are high for them. Hard work and talent helps breed success in others as well, so I'm hopeful that the girls will push each other to consistently improve and succeed."
Last year: Finished 11th at Class 3A state meet
Outlook: As of press time the Warriors did not have a coach.
Coach: Bob Smartt (18th season)
Last year: Finished 2nd at Class 5A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Madie Ausley (Jr., diving); Lizi Bolles (Sr., 100 back); Natalie Brent (Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast); Cailen Chinn (Sr., 200 & 100 free); Robin Cruz-Abrams (So., 500 free); Mya Drost-Parra (Jr., 200 IM, 100 fly); Una Forsythe (Jr., 100 fly); Julianna Haensly (Jr., 100 back); Amelia Heckman (Sr., 100 breast); Erin Keown (So., 200 IM, 500 free); Kim Lanaghen (Jr., 100 fly); Amelie Lessing (Jr., 200 IM, 500 free); Heather Maclachlan (So., 500 free); Rya Muller (Jr., diving); Alex Nadelson (Sr., 100 breast); Kaia Reznicek (Jr., 50 & 100 free); Isabel Rich (So., 100 breast); Kira Rimstidt (Sr., 500 free, 100 breast); Lauren Rutherford (So., 100 breast); Mikayla Seigal (Jr., 200 free, 100 fly); Morgan Simon (Jr., 200 IM, 500 free); Riley Tapley (Jr., 100 back).
Others to watch: Kirsten Lee (Fr.); Karla Lessing (Fr.); Samantha Mosier (Fr.); Jenna Reznicek (Fr.); Helen Sun (Fr.).
Outlook: With 11 athletes returning who placed individually at state last year, Fairview will be well positioned to take second place at state again this year. Defending Champion Fossil Ridge will threaten national high school records in the 200 medley relay and 100 breaststroke events. Karla Lessing and Jenna Reznicek, siblings of Fairview relay All Americans Amelie Lessing and Kaia Reznicek, should add depth to the team at state. Last year the team was ranked 15th nationally in the Dual Meet Rankings compiled by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
Coach: Diana Wiles (7th season)
Last year: Finished 16th at Class 5A state meet
Outlook: Coach Wiles was traveling and was unable to provide information.
Coach: Kelly Shipley (3rd season)
Last year: Finished 15th at Class 3A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Mel Boyle (Jr., 100 fly); Cailyn Eveland (So., 200 IM, 100 fly, relays); Emily Holt (Sr., 100 back); Saffron Kolodziej (Sr., 100 free, relays); Lucy Matheson (So., 100 fly, 200 IM, relays); Alice Money (So., 100 back, 500 free, relays); Maggie Wise (So., 200 Free); Sydney Wyatt (Jr., 100 breast, 200 IM, relays).
Others to watch: Rose Adler (Fr.); Abby Jenkins (Sr.); Jaylin Meining (Sr.); Meredith Olson (So.); Kailey Pickering (Jr.); Sam Rhodes (Sr.); Kaitlyn Saunders (Fr.); Erin Skaggs (Fr.); Emma Svendsen (Fr.); Hannah Svendsen (Sr.); Kaitlyn Yee (Fr.).
Outlook: In their first year in 3A, the Trojans tasted success. In year two, "The team is looking strong and with some much needed depth, we are planning on having a fantastic season," Shipley said.
Coach: Melanie Beard (3rd season)
Last year: Finished 18th at Class 5A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Sydney Atkinson (Sr.); Anna Barjenbruch (Sr.); Katey Lewicki (So.); Miranda Rens (Jr.); Quinn Webster (Jr.).
Other to watch: Gillian Beauchamp (So.); Paige DeFronzo (Fr.); Megan Mitchell (Jr.); Maya Teaford (Jr.); Laura Zhang (Jr.).
Outlook: Said Beard: "Our goal, as is every year, is to support our team in all aspects of their lives and to help each of our swimmers achieve the personal goals they have set for themselves this season."
Coach: Sarah Stamp (9th season)
Last year: Finished 9th at Class 4A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Payten Irwin (So., 200 IM & 100 fly); Claire Jepson (Jr., 100 back); Hanna Luo (Jr., 200 IM & 100 free); Amalia Luthens (Sr., 500 free & 100 back); Abbie Shaw (So. 100 free & 100 back); Kristi Vu (Jr., 50 free).
Others to watch: Stacey Bui (So.); Lucca Fulkerson (Fr.); Izzie Mitchell (Jr.); Christina Otte (Sr.); Sidney Ryan (Jr.); Natalie Sesselmann (Fr.); Ella Thramann (Jr.); Emiley Yie (Fr.).
Outlook: Said Stamp, whose team won't have any divers: "(We) graduated a large senior class of 20 last year - lost some of our depth. Goal is to develop our depth to support our top swimmers to be competitive at conference and state."
SILVER CREEK RAPTORS
Coach: Debbie Stewart (17th season)
Last year: Finished 7th at Class 4A state meet
Returning state qualifiers:
Madison Black (So., 50 free); Emelie Hartrampf (So., 100 breast); Megan Magill (Sr., 200 & 100 free); Emma Pearson (Sr., 200 & 500 free); Karly Pearson (So., 200 IM, 100 breast); Alexandra Smith (Jr., diving); Brandi Vu (Sr., 200 IM, 100 breast); Jenny Weygandt (Sr., 50 free); Kathy Weygandt (So., diving).
Others to watch: Abagail Eary (Fr,); Emma Hermeston (Fr.); Micaela Kimmett (Fr.); Claire Montgomery (Fr.).
Outlook: Said Stewart: "We have a strong group of seniors that have lead this team over the last three years. As a team we would like to help these seniors finish out this year strong. The surrounding schools are going to be tough and we have our work cut out for us—but I think we are up for the challenge."
Coach: Michelle Scott (1st season)
Last year: Finished 25th at Class 4A state meet
Returning state qualifiers: Paulina Gutierrez (Sr.).
Others to watch: Shay Maruna (Jr.); Tiana Sandoval (Sr.); Shuchi Shah (Fr.); Emma Solc (Fr.).
Outlook: Said first year coach Scott, who has walked into a huge freshman class to bolster her numbers: "Since last season we have almost tripled our numbers, from 14 to 37 swimmers. Our senior class is strong with not only swimming ability, but leadership skills as well."