THORNTON — Making a splash is typically the last thing divers want to do. But Saturday, Nick Vaughan could not help but make one.
The Longmont sophomore had a solid inaugural Class 4A state showing, enduring steep competition at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center. Vaughan scored his team’s only points of the sate meet, pulling in ninth place in the 11-dive event.
Vaughan finished the afternoon with 363.85 points, scoring 96.9 in his final three dives of the competition. While it was a strong finish for the young diver, he will have to stay on his toes in the years to come, with six other athletes in the event also sophomores.
RAPTORS HAVE STRONG CASTE RETURNING FROM STATE
There is little doubt Silver Creek boys swimming had a strong lineup for the 2013 Class 4A state championship. And there is little reason to believe that the Raptors’ status will slip any time soon.
While Saturday’s state meet marked the end of a couple of the team’s key athletes’ careers, the cupboards are far from bare at Silver Creek when it comes to talent. The Raptors have seven state placers and a slew of qualifier to build around in coming seasons.
Given the young team placed sixth at the meet, Debbie Stewart is certain the sky could be the limit the next few years.
“Our freshmen and sophomores are extremely solid,” the coach said. “They’re showing that they are willing to fight to stay in the top 10.”
Of course, the coach admits there is a catch for the Raptors’ continued success.
“It going to take hard work, committing to it and wanting it bad enough to stay up there,” she said.
SILVER CREEK’S WILLETT HAS STRONG START TO CAREER
Sam Willett is one of Silver Creek’s youngest competitors and one of its fastest up-and-comers. The freshman was one of three Raptors swimmers to haul in two individual places at Saturday’s Class 4A state championship.
Willett started the day collecting seventh in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:53.19. He then finished it by pulling in ninth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.44. The freshman also did his part in helping his team take top positions in relays, competing on both the seventh-place 400 freestyle relay and fourth-place 200 medley relay.
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