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THORNTON — There was no mistaking the Niwot swim team for a veteran outfit at the finals of the 4A girls state swim championships.

But with one junior and three sophomores, the Cougars took fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. And with just one senior on the state roster, the Cougars finished 12th overall with 60 points at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton on Saturday.

Sophomore Elise Cranny, sophomore Kylie Pillard, junior Zoie Jordan and sophomore Hannah Driscoll finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.14 to lead the Cougars.

“Oh my gosh, our relays improved so much time,” Driscoll said. “We just came together and we really just wanted to have a lot of fun today. And we did.”

The same group also dominated the 400 freestyle relay consolation finals, finishing more than a second ahead of Coronado to take ninth place.

While the youngsters reveled at their early success, Niwot’s lone senior Ariel Mosier ended her prep career by finishing 11th in the diving competition.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Mosier, who finished 13th last year. “It’s some pretty tough competition. I feel like I barely made finals but I got 11th so I’m proud of myself.”

Mosier, in fact, narrowly made the cut and was seeded 16th going into her last three dives. Fortunately those included what she calls, “the best reverse dive of my life,” and a front double twister that were enough to move her up to 11th.

It wasn’t until the second twist of her double twister, her moneymaker dive, that she realized it would be her last as a Cougar.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s my last dive in a competition,'” Mosier said. “Then I was like, ‘Oh, OK, it’s done.'”

Individually, Driscoll broke 25 seconds for the first time in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 24.99 to take 10th.

“I went a best time and that’s all I can really ask for,” Driscoll said. “It was a very fast pool. I loved it.”

Another part of the Cougars promising sophomore class, Pillard took 16th in the same event.

“I was just excited to make it back as a sophomore,” Pillard said. “Last year was scary. This year it was fine. Having the whole team there makes it easier and it was just fun to be here.”

The Cougars were aiming to break into the top 10 but needed scoring from their 200 medley relay team, which didn’t make it out of preliminaries. But head coach Sarah Heller said she was happy with how the Cougars finished the season and the experience they got.

“Just watching a young team grow and find their stride without that senior swimmer at the top to show them the ropes was impressive,” Heller said. “They’ve been on their own so it’s been fun watching them grow as swimmers and also as leaders and pave their own way.”

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

4A state swimming

At at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton

Teams — Thompson Valley 304, Evergreen 255, Cheyenne Mountain 226, Broomfield 205, D’Evelyn 150, Pueblo South 149, Montrose 148.5, Air Academy 105, Discovery Canyon 82, Coronado 65, Mullen 62, Niwot 60, Fountain Valley 49, Durango 41.5, Windsor 39, Moffat County 38, Glenwood Springs 38, Estes Park 37, Mountain View 34, Pueblo West 33, Silver Creek 30, La Junta 29, Pueblo County 28, Aspen 27, St. Mary’s Academy 20, Wheat Ridge 17, Manitou Springs 14, Denver South 12, Longmont 12, Conifer 7, Greeley Central 4, Arvada 4.

200-yard medley relay — 1, Broomfield (Katalena Laufasa-Duncan, Heather Shaver, Elizabeth Peterson, Kendall Wingfield) 1:47.93 (state record); 2, Evergreen 1:48.23; 3, Thompson Valley 1:48.98; 4, Pueblo South 1:49.85; 5, Cheyenne Mountain 1:51.47; 6, Air Academy 1:51.91; 7, Montrose 1:52.91; 8, Discovery Canyon 1:53.80.

200 freestyle — 1, Lexie Malazdrewicz, Evergreen, 1:49.31 (state record); 2, Eryn Eddy, Thompson Valley, 1:50.42; 3, Nicole Hlavacek, Thompson Valley, 1:54.56; 4, Emily Bauer, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:56.10; 5, Kamryn Holland, Evergreen, 1:56.78; 6, Allie Pfauth, Thompson Valley, 1:58.68; 7, Jennifer Belz, Mullen, 1:58.89; 8, Casey Richards, Mountain View, 2:00.21.

200 individual medley — 1, Lindsay Morrow, Evergreen, 2:08.30; 2, Josie Pearson, Evergreen, 2:09.22; 3, Allie Jacobs, Coronado, 2:09.57; 4, Jessi Modlich, Thompson Valley, 2:11.06; 5, Katalena Laufasa-Duncan, Broomfield, 2:11.33; 6, Jolene Norton, Pueblo County, 2:11.34; 7, Anna McDonald, Evergreen, 2:11.78; 8, Alden Lovaas, Cheyenne Mountain, 2:12.62.

50 freestyle — 1, Mary Saiz, Pueblo South, 24.42; 2, Marina Fonseca, Thompson Valley, 24.61; 3, Christine Hurford, Montrose, 24.67; 4, Colleen Olson, D’Evelyn, 24.90; 5, Heather Shaver, Broomfield, 24.89; 6, Kathryn Hewson, Estes Park, 24.90; 7, Allana Erickson, Fountain Valley, 24.99; 8, Andrea Rice, Air Academy, 25.05.

Diving — 1, Alexa Beckwith, St. Mary’s Academy, 487.20; 2, Mikhaila Eckhardt, Windsor, 441.30; 3, Maia Presti, Fountain Valley, 435.60; 4, Katie Russ, Mullen, 426.80; 5, Kimi Tanabe, Manitou Springs, 401.00; 6, Alex Hafey, Mullen, 399.70; 7, Haley Schneider, Longmont, 398.70; 8, Erin Chavet, Thompson Valley, 388.50.

100 butterfly — 1, Sydney Buckley, Cheyenne Mountain, 57.26; 2, Haley Burtado, Pueblo West, 57.53; 3, Andrea Rice, Air Academy, 57.82; 4, Elizabeth Peterson, Broomfield, 58.48; 5, Josie Pearson, Evergreen, 58.53; 6, Christine Hurford, Montrose, 58.58; 7, Allie Jacobs, Coronado, 58.66; 8, Erica Norton, Pueblo South, 59.15.

100 freestyle — 1, Eryn Eddy, Thompson Valley, 51.48; 2, Alexis Divelbiss, Pueblo South, 53.25; 3, Colleen Olson, D’Evelyn, 53.30; 4, Marina Fonseca, Thompson Valley, 53.96; 5, Amy Brodie, Moffat County, 53.98; 6, Alanna Erickson, Fountain Valley, 54.36; 7, Katya Armbrecht, Durango, NA; 8, Amanda Siedem, Silver Creek, 55.47.

500 freestyle — 1, Lexie Malazdrewicz, Evergreen, 4:54.65 (state record); 2, Nicole Hlavacek, Thompson Valley, 4:59.89; 3, Brenna Bushey, D’Evelyn, 5:08.13; 4, Morgan Wice, Cheyenne Mountain, 5:08.55; 5, Kamryn Holland, Evergreen, 5:11.50; 6, Madison Evans, Windsor, 5:15.12; 7, Jennifer Belz, Mullen, 5:17.20; 8, Allie Pfauth, Thompson Valley, 5:19.31.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Thompson Valley (Marina Fonseca, Alyssa Eidem, Sydnee King, Kelly Sheldon) 1:38.95 (state record); 2, Cheyenne Mountain 1:39.19; 3, Broomfield 1:39.97; 4, D’Evelyn 1:41.77; 5, Niwot 1:42.14; 6, Montrose 1:42.71; 7, Discovery Canyon 1:42.73; 8, Evergreen 1:42.95.

100 backstroke — 1, Mary Saiz, Pueblo South, 56.56; 2, Lindsay Morrow, Evergreen, 58.18; 3, Haley Burtaldo, Pueblo West, 58.49; 4, Katalena Laufasa-Duncan, Broomfield, 58.58; 5, Jessi Modlich, Thompson Valley, 58.77; 6, Emily Bauer, Cheyenne Mountain, 59.00; 7, Elizabeth Peterson, Broomfield, 59.32; 8, Kelcie Gerson, Aspen, 1:00.28.

100 breaststroke — 1, Logan Morris, Montrose, 1:04.03 (state record); 2, Kristin Walker, Air Academy, 1:05.49; 3, Heather Shaver, Broomfield, 1:06.11; 4, Alexis Divelbiss, Pueblo South, 1:07.61; 5, Catherine Roach, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:08.03; 6, Jolene Norton, Pueblo County, 1:08.87; 7, Lauren Frank, Discovery Canyon, 1:09.12; 8, Kendra Lamb, Wheat Ridge, 1:09.80.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Evergreen (Kamryn Holland, Lindsay Morrow, Bailey Smith, Lexi Malazdrewicz) 3:33.24 (state record); 2, Thompson Valley 3:35.12; 3, D’Evelyn 3:37.67; 4, Pueblo South 3:39.28; 5, Cheyenne Mountain 3:40.01; 6, Montrose 3:44.72; 7, Broomfield 3:45.68; 8, Glenwood Springs 3:47.65.

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