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Julia Box’s strong season in the 100 butterfly helped lift the Fairview girls swim team to a historic 2013-14 season.


BOULDER — The 5A state runner-up Fairview High School girls swim team had an incredible season in 2013-14. But after this year’s National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America National Dual Meet Team Rankings were released, the Fairview girls have reason to believe it could have been their best yet.

In the NISCA national rankings, which are determined objectively by a weighted point scoring system for individual performances, the Knights finished 15th in the overall team scoring for public schools with enrollment over 1,900.

“That’s great news for us,” Knights head coach Bob Smartt said. “We got 5,931 power points and that’s the highest total that we’ve ever had and we’ve been entering this for 13 years. So, this is an objective way to say we had the best team we’ve ever had this past year.”

The Knights’ highest ranking came in 2004 when they won the Colorado 5A state title. That year, the Knights were in the public schools with enrollment of 1,401-1,900 and ranked first in that category.

Though they ranked higher and were at the top of their category in 2004, the Knights topped that year’s 5,554 total points with an altitude-adjusted 5,931 in 2014.

“It shows you how much swimming is getting stronger everywhere,” Smartt said.

In-state rival Regis Jesuit, which edged the Knights by 6.5 points for the 2014 Colorado 5A state title, ranked 20th with 5,811 total points.

The Knights’ highest-scoring individual performance was 2014-15 senior Julia Box’s time of 55.29 seconds in the 100 butterfly from the 5A state meet. Her effort earned her 154 points. Brittney Beetcher scored 146 points for her 1:50.87 in the 200 freestyle at the 5A state meet and the Knights’ 400 freestyle relay earned 465 points for its runner-up 3:28.63 at the 5A state meet.

In the boys public school with enrollment over 1,900 category, the Knights boys group was ranked 19th with 5,482 total points. In the combined rankings, the Knights were 15th with 11,413 points.

“Pretty much all our submitted performance times are league times, Boulder County times and state times,” Smartt said. “We send out their individual performances and they assign a point value to each one based on their objective scale. You total them all up and then your team gets a point value and every swimmer gets a point value. We had a ton of good performances this season.”

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