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Niwot’s Hannah Driscoll named Times-Call girls swimmer of year

Niwot junior Hannah Driscoll has been named the Times-Call girls swimmer of the year after being a part of three state records this season.
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Niwot junior Hannah Driscoll has been named the Times-Call girls swimmer of the year after being a part of three state records this season.

NIWOT — Niwot’s Hannah Driscoll didn’t want to hold anything back this season. Few high school swimmers break records when they do.

As a junior in 2013, Driscoll raised, or rather lowered, the all-time 50 freestyle mark in Niwot High School’s rich girls swimming history to 24.14 seconds. She also led off the 200 freestyle relay team that set a new school record of 1:37.97 and the 400 freestyle relay team that set a school record at 3:39.01.

With nothing held back, Driscoll is the Times-Call Girls Swimmer of the Year.

“I really gave it my all and I wanted to see what would happen,” Driscoll said. “I’m happy with the outcome but there is also a lot of room for improvement.”

Driscoll said she always thinks she can do better and will continue to improve next season as a senior. Even now she is training at a weeklong swimming camp in Colorado Springs.

The relays have been strengths for the Cougars in recent years and were a focus again in 2013. With just one of their four record-setting legs, Zoie Jordan, graduating, the relays will be strong again next season.

“This year was great because we had an incredible high school team,” Driscoll said. “We really had a good year and really came together and had fun.”

Despite battling illness at the state meet this season, Driscoll, who appeared in the heat sheets as her first name Marjorie, took fifth (24.31) in the 50 freestyle and eighth (54.40) in the 100 freestyle.

Driscoll also led off the Cougars’ 200 freestyle relay that took second at state and the 400 freestyle relay team that took fifth. The Cougars’ 200 freestyle relay time qualified for All-American consideration.

“She came on strong early in the season,” Cougars head coach Sarah Heller said. “She had a little bit of illness during the state weekend, which was unfortunate. But you can’t do anything about the bugs that go around a high school. She lived up to every expectation we had of her and still had four top-eight finishes.”

Heller said Driscoll is a hard worker and her “give-it-your-all” attitude is an example to the other Niwot swimmers.

“She’s always cheering on her teammates and she’s an all-around outstanding lady,” Heller said.

With no intention of slowing down next season, Driscoll said she will continue to work hard and improve on her places, and possibly also her records.

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