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Girls swimming: Richey named Swimmer of the Year

After capping her prep career with a state title in the 500 freestyel, Boulder's Amanda Richey has been named the Swimmer of the Year
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After capping her prep career with a state title in the 500 freestyel, Boulder’s Amanda Richey has been named the Swimmer of the Year


Reluctantly, Amanda Richey did not get to swim alongside her Boulder High teammates in competition enough in 2013-14.

Always at practice with the Panthers, though, the senior made sure to help her teammates be the best they could be.

Her time to shine came at the Class 5A state meet, when she capped her senior season with an elusive state championship in one of the more grueling events, the 500 freestyle.

Her title-winning swim of 4 minutes, 50.62 seconds set her apart as the only individual champion in the area, and a long journey toward that title has earned her the Swimmer of the Year honor.

“Perseverance through four years is kind of how I look at it for her,” Boulder High coach Curt Colby said. “She went through various scenarios and various challenges, and held on and finally got it.

“A lot of people have aspirations to be a state champion, but it really takes somebody determined. For her, she is a very hard-working young woman, and it came in one of the hardest events. She really came through.”

Richey came into the season very confident and relaxed, and that showed in the state meet. She finished third in the 200 free, warming up for her best event with an automatic All-American time of 1:50.74. After topping the podium in the 500, she helped the 400 free relay team win the consolation final with a time of 3:37.08.

She also scrambled back in the pool after the awards ceremony to anchor the 200 free relay team that scored points for BHS.

“I definitely was a little more confident and a little bit more ready for that final race,” said Richey, who was in Washington this past week competing at the Speedo Champions Series Western Region meet. “I just knew that I was coming in pretty strong, and that I was having a good club season, so I was excited.

“The relays are a lot of fun, and I enjoyed them a lot. Being able to cheer on your team, just be a part of that.”

Richey said last year was much more about finding a place to swim for in college. After dedicating herself to the program at the University of Pittsburgh, she was all about enjoying the experiences she had with her teammates.

“This year, I just tried a lot better to have fun while swimming well at the same time,” she said. “I definitely wish I swam with my high school team a little more … but I was just excited the whole season.”

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