LONGMONT — Silver Creek’s Tyler Lis accomplished some of his personal goals for his senior season and narrowly missed a few others.
But Lis has always been a team-oriented kind of guy and when you’re a prep swimmer of his caliber, hitting on half of your goals is good enough to beat most others in the pool and pace your team to incredible heights. With Lis leading the way, the Silver Creek boys swim team far exceeded its own expectations in 2015.
Setting five new school records, the Raptors placed fourth at the Class 4A state championships. Not only did Lis hit All-American consideration times in two events, he is also the Longmont Times-Call Boys Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season.
“I was looking for another state title but a lot of those guys I was racing, I swim with them year-round,” Lis said. “Those guys are fast, aggressive guys and sometimes I beat them and sometimes they beat me. They’re all great guys so I wasn’t too upset.”
In 2014, Lis won the 200 freestyle state title. Bound for Northwestern next year, Lis finished his final prep season third in a historically loaded 200 IM race, second in the 100 butterfly, second in the 400 freestyle relay and fourth in the 200 medley relay.
As a team, Silver Creek set school records in the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay. Lis set the marks in the 100 butterfly (50.19) and the 200 IM (1:52.81), receiving All-American consideration for both, and swam on the 200 medley relay (1:37.16) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:10.65).
“Honestly, I really can’t take any credit because it was the depth and dedication of our team that led to our success,” Lis said. “We had a bunch of juniors, sophomores and freshmen who were always willing to work hard and do relays. That’s what allowed us to win the conference title and take fourth at state.”
While Lis was reluctant to take credit for the team’s success, Silver Creek head coach Debbie Stewart was more than willing to throw some his way.
“It’s always been Tyler’s leadership,” Stewart said. “He puts a lot of pressure on himself to do well and to do well for the team, not just himself. He loves high school swimming and he always gives more than his all to do his best in his individual events and he does it for the team.”
With the next stage of his swimming career on the horizon at Northwestern, Lis hasn’t received any break after his senior season. The Monday after the state championships, he had two practices.
A member of the swim team at RallySport Aquatics in Boulder, Lis will continue to train this summer and is looking forward to the new USA Swimming Futures Championships from July 30-Aug. 2 in Gresham, Ore.
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