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Girls swimming: Niwot diver Barkow repeats third-place finish at 4A finals

  • Niwot diver Maddie Barkow flies toward the water during her...

    David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer

    Niwot diver Maddie Barkow flies toward the water during her third-place performance at the Class 4A state swimming finals.

  • Silver Creek freshman Brandi Vu finished third in the 100...

    David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek freshman Brandi Vu finished third in the 100 breaststroke Saturday at the Class 4A state finals.

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THORNTON — Maddie Barkow didn’t quite blame it on stage fright, but the fact remains she was more than ready to admit that performing well on the diving board was far easier when fewer people were watching.

Not that the sophomore from Niwot embarrassed herself under the bright lights of the Class 4A girls swimming and diving championships. Far from it. Even though the shared goal of bringing home the first diving state title for a St. Vrain athlete fell short for Barkow and her friend and rival Megan Oldham from Skyline, the duo still turned in an impressive performance by finishing within the top six.

Barkow, just a sophomore, recorded her second consecutive third-place finish at state. Oldham, a senior, capped her prep career by placing sixth — three spots better than her finish in 2014.

In the team race, Silver Creek returned to the top 10 by placing eighth with 98.5 points, while Centaurus finished 11th. Evergreen won its second consecutive 4A team title with 368 points.

Barkow believes she turned in a more thorough effort during the semifinals but couldn’t replicate that performance during the finals, finishing with a score of 490.05. Mullen’s Katie Russ won the diving competition with a 4A-record mark of 552.20.

“In the finals I did good, but I know I could do better,” Barkow said. “It’s a bummer that I know I can do better, but I still did pretty good. With all the people watching there was a little more stress on it, but this morning (in the semifinals) I did some of my best dives yet. The morning was better for me.”

Oldham’s final state appearance ended with a score of 435.25, helping Skyline to finish 15th in the team race with 44. With her prep career over, Oldham is sorting through a list of college suitors that includes Colorado State and Wyoming.

“Megan was almost the opposite (of Barkow) — she was a little slower coming into finals but she really stepped up big in finals and moved up,” said Shawn Gregg, the diving coach for all four St. Vrain programs. “She came in at seventh and then finished sixth. That’s great. She had a great final.”

Freshman Brandi Vu shook off an early setback in the meet to help lead Silver Creek to its first top-10 finish at state in five years. Vu suffered a disqualification in what would have been a 10th-place effort in the individual medley, but the rookie rebounded to finish third in an incredibly fast 100 breaststroke final.

Windsor sophomore Morgan Friesen won the event in a 4A-record time of 1 minute, 1.90 seconds, with Vu clocking in with a 1:04.76, which topped her preliminary time by 1.5 seconds. Vu also helped the Raptors to a fifth-place finish in the medley relay, while the 400 freestyle relay team of Meghan Magill, Olivia Bruce, Nicole Schlegel, and Sara Findley placed fifth. Silver Creek also won the consolation heat of the 200 freestyle relay.

Like Vu, all of the Raptors’ swimmers on the 400 relay are underclassmen. While the Raptors’ return to the top 10 was rewarding, Silver Creek could be in great shape for years to come.

“This class just re-wrote our record board,” Silver Creek coach Debbie Stewart said. “My daughter, who was part of the 400 freestyle relay record before, was coaching right next to me when that record came down. So that’s pretty awesome. They had an awesome meet all the way around.

“Breaststroke is (Vu’s) thing. After the IM when she got DQ’ed, I think it was a little hard for her to come talk to me because she felt like she let the team down. My thoughts on that? She’s a freshman. I’d much rather see that happen now than her senior year. It didn’t hurt us too bad, so I’d rather we learn our lesson.”

Skyline freshman Hannah Svendsen enjoyed a solid state final debut, winning the consolation heat of the 500 freestyle in 5:22.28.

Centaurus, which competed without state title contender Haley Rowley, finished in the top eight in both the 200 freestyle relay (sixth) and 400 freestyle relay (eighth). Senior Erin Jenkins placed seventh in the 50 freestyle.

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Class 4A state swimming and diving championships

At Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

Team scores — Evergreen 368, Cheyenne Mountain 276, Valor Christian 193.5, Thompson Valley 176, Manitou Springs 159, Air Academy 106, Aspen 101, Silver Creek 98.5, Windsor 94, St. Mary’s Academy 82, Centaurus 76, D’Evelyn 72, La Junta 55, Kent Denver 55, Skyline 44, Glenwood Springs 42, Mullen 37, Colorado Academy 37, Niwot 28, Eaton 28, Golden 24, Pueblo County 23, Durango 23, Ponderosa 21, Pueblo South 20, Mountain View 20, Littleton 18, Montrose 14, Pueblo Central 12, Standley Lake 10, Thomas Jefferson 4, Greeley Central 3, Salida 2, Discovery Canyon 2.

200 medley relay — 1. Manitou Springs (Buffa, White, Dolloff-Holt, Morin), 1:45.86; 2. Valor Christian, 1:45.93; 3. Evergreen 1:46.59; 4. Cheyenne Mountain, 1:46.62; 5. Thompson Valley, 1:49.42; 6. Windsor 1:49.89; 7. Silver Creek (Schlegel, Vu, Findley, Latsko), 1:50.49; 8. D’Evelyn, 1:52.84.

200 freestyle — 1. Eddy, Thompson Valley, 1:46.95; 2. Kenchel, Evergreen, 1:50.14; 3. Steigerwald, Air Academy, 1:53.37; 4. Tibbitt, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:53.38; 5. Crawford, Kent Denver, 1:54.04; 6. K. McDonald, Evergreen, 1:54.17; 7. Callahan, Aspen, 1:54.65; 8. Smith, Evergreen, 1:57.09.

200 IM — 1. Morrow, Evergreen, 2:03.42; 2. A. McDonald, 2:06.10; 3. Friesen, Windsor, 2:06.32; 4. Goodwyn, Cheyenne Mountain, 2:06.69; 5. Brierly, Colorado Academy, 2:07.63; 6. Dolloff-Holt, Manitou Springs, 2:07.84; 7. Wabeke, Thompson Valley, 2:08.56; 8. State, St. Mary’s Academy, 2:10.11; 14. Latsko, Silver Creek, 2:17.67; 16. Vu, Silver Creek, DQ.

50 freestyle — 1. Stenstrom, Valor Christian, 23.43; 2. Morin, Manitou Springs, 23.84; 3. Quist, Aspen, 24.03; 4. Wright, Cheyenne Mountain, 24.08; 5. Liebscher, Cheyenne Mountain, 24.22; 6. Landt, Valor Christian, 24.83; 7. Jenkins, Centaurus, 24.85; 8. York, Cheyenne Mountain, 24.98; 12. Riley, Centaurus, 25.09; 13. Hellenberg, Skyline, 25.15.

Diving — 1. Russ, Mullen, 552.20; 2. Hafey, Mullen, 497.70; 3. Barkow, Niwot, 490.05; 4. Lewis, Evergreen, 477.05; 5. Schmitz, D’Evelyn, 460.20; 6. Oldham, Skyline, 435.25; 7. Eakman, Pueblo Central, 408.10; 8. Vreeman, Mountain View, 397.20; 12. Scarano, Centaurus, 364.05.

100 butterfly — 1. Wright, Cheyenne Mountain, 55.49; 2. Reddington, St. Mary’s Academy, 55.80; 3. Dolloff-Holt, Manitou Springs, 57.32; 4. Norton, Pueblo County, 58.16; 5. Pearson, Evergreen, 58.18; 6. Hoehn, Valor Christian, 58.38; 7. Callahan, Aspen, 58.73; 8. Coughlin, Evergreen, 58.81.

100 freestyle — 1. Eddy, Thompson Valley, 50.08; 2. Stenstrom, Valor Christian, 50.41; 3. Kenchel, Evergreen, 50.76; 4. Quist, Aspen, 52.40; 5. Liebscher, Cheyenne Mountain, 52.61; 6. Smith, Evergreen, 52.74; 7. Morin, Manitou Springs, 53.04; 8. Jones, Pueblo South, 53.27; 14. Jenkins, Centaurus, 54.62.

500 freestyle — 1. K. McDonald, Evergreen, 5:03.47; 2. Von der Lippe, Thompson Valley, 5:04.12; 3. Steigerwald, Air Academy, 5:07.50; 4. Lowrey, Cheyenne Mountain, 5:08.26; 5. Selin, D’Evelyn, 5:08.77; 6. Owenby, Valor Christian, 5:09.58; 7. Fournier, Ponderosa, 5:21.63; 8. Fields, Montrose, 5:21.70; 9. Svendsen, Skyline, 5:22.28; 14. Shepherd, Centaurus, 5:29.24; 15. Dwyer, Skyline, 5:30.42.

200 free relay — 1. Valor Christian (Landt, Hoehn, Carter, Stenstrom), 1:36.84; 2. Manitou Springs, 1:37.36; 3. Evergreen, 1:37.74; 4. Cheyenne Mountain 1:37.78; 5. Thompson Valley, 1:38.43; 6. Centaurus (Riley, Milton, Shepherd, Jenkins), 1:41.51; 7. La Junta, 1:42.43; 8. Aspen, 1:52.23; 9. Silver Creek (Juvonen, Magill, Latsko, Vu), 1:41.92; 11. Skyline (Bade, Dwyer, Svendsen, Hellenberg), 1:44.07; 12. Niwot (Balman, Pauluhn, Martinez, Moore), 1:44.12.

100 backstroke — 1. Morrow, Evergreen, 54.56; 2. Coughlin, Evergreen, 56.83; 3. Brierly, Colorado Academy, 57.57; 4. Sabadeanu, Golden, 58.21; 5. Tibbitt, Cheyenne Mountain, 58.67; 6. Walker, Air Academy, 58.69; 7. Wabeke, Thompson Valley, 58.82; 8. Reddington, St. Mary’s Academy, 58.86; 12. Schlegel, Silver Creek, 59.33.

100 breaststroke — 1. Friesen, Windsor, 1:01.90; 2. Crawford, Kent Denver, 1:04.26; 3. Vu, Silver Creek, 1:04.76; 4. Von der Lippe, Thompson Valley, 1;06.41; 5. White, Manitou Springs, 1:06.85; 6. Pearson, Evergreen, 1:06.89; 7. Goodwyn, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:07.09; 8. State, St. Mary’s Academy, 1:07.37; t-12. Latsko, Silver Creek, 1:09.28.

400 free relay — 1. Evergreen (Smith, Kenchel, A. McDonald, Morrow), 3:29.29; 2. Cheyenne Mountain, 3:33.31; 3. Air Academy, 3:40.26; 4. Windsor, 3:40.51; 5. Silver Creek (Magill, Bruce, Schlegel, Findley), 3:41.38; 6. Valor Christian, 3:41.57; 7. Aspen, 3:42.60; 8. Centaurus (Riley, Milton, Shepherd, Jenkins), 3:43.72; 15. Skyline (Bade, Dwyer, Svendsen, Hellenberg), 3:51.39; 16. Niwot (Martinez, Kitlen, Balman, Moore), 3:54.81.

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