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Girls swimming: Niwot’s Driscoll repeats as Times-Call Swimmer of the Year

Niwot's Hannah Driscoll, seen here in action at the 4A state finals, has won her second consecutive Times-Call Swimmer of the Year honor
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Niwot’s Hannah Driscoll, seen here in action at the 4A state finals, has won her second consecutive Times-Call Swimmer of the Year honor

Odds are, if Hannah Driscoll committed to soccer a couple of years ago instead of swimming, she would have turned into one of the more fearsome girls on the pitch.

However, the pool became her destination after her sophomore season, and the Niwot athlete blossomed into a streamlined sensation the past two years.

Driscoll had a remarkable senior season, one which coach Sarah Heller said rivaled the best ever at Niwot. Two second-place finishes at the Class 4A state meet, and a classification record to boot, easily back up that notion.

And for her efforts, Driscoll is the Times-Call swimmer of the year.

“Absolutely, she peaked this year,” Heller said. “Her times all across the board were lowered, and that’s a testament to the commitment she’s made to swimming hard, training hard, practicing one to two times a day, year round.

“Her hard work has paid off.”

An individual event winner at the Coaches Invite as well as the Boulder County Invite, Driscoll’s state meet was a memorable one, although the final results were a bit out of the ordinary.

In the 50 free she finished second with a time of 23.90 seconds. She followed that up with a time of 1:04.22 in the 100 breaststroke, also earning her a silver medal.

But for at least for the next calendar year, she’ll be the 4A record-holder in the 50, blazing to a time of 23.60 in the prelims. Coming up short in the championship heat was not easy to accept, but Driscoll did her best to move forward in the meet.

“No one is going to lie and say that’s an easy thing to handle or an easy pill to swallow,” Heller said. “For her, she had three more events left in the day so she couldn’t let it hurt the rest of her state meet. And she didn’t.

“We had a little pep talk, she came out swinging because her next event was the 200 free relay that she led off. She went faster (in her 50 split) than her state record time in prelims. She had an awesome last meet for a high school season.”

Driscoll enjoyed a lot about the season, reminiscing this week as she was in Washington for the Speedo Champions Series Western Region meet.

“I just went out to make the best of my senior year, because you only get to do high school swimming once,” Driscoll said. “Not only was (the record) a nice way to end the year, but it just kind of got the Niwot name out there a little more, and that’s definitely fun.”

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