Girls swimming: Depth, diving helps Silver Creek capture City Meet

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    Niwot's Payten Irwin competes in the 100 butterfly Saturday during the Longmont City Meet at Centennial Pool.

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    Silver Creek's Meghan Magill won the 500 free during Saturday's Longmont City Meet at Centennial Pool.

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    Silver Creek's Brandi Vu finished first in the 100 butterfly Saturday during the Longmont City Meet at Centennial Pool.

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    Niwot's Emily Yie competes in the 100 free during Saturday's Longmont City Meet at Centennial Pool.

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    Silver Creek's Brandi Vu en route to winning the 200 IM during Saturday's Longmont City Swim Meet at Centennial Pool.



LONGMONT — The quality at the top for the Longmont and Niwot swim teams are going to keep them both very much in the mix at the Northern League meet in a couple of weeks.

If Saturday’s Longmont City Championship meet proved anything, though, it’s that Silver Creek is gearing up for a big finish with its overall depth — in addition to having some heavy hitters peaking at the right time.

Whereas last year’s City Meet was a one-point win for Silver Creek over Niwot, this time around the Raptors set a tone early with five straight event wins and the exceptional work of those in the consolation heats made it a runaway in the team race for SCHS.

Head coach Debbie Stewart’s team won its fourth-straight city meet with 455 points, Niwot finished second with 376 points and Longmont was right in the thick of things with 349 points. Skyline swimmers had plenty of smiles accompanying their finishes, as well, and the Falcons scored 128 points.

“We were hungry, and we knew we were really close to Niwot but that if we won it would be four in a row for us,” said Silver Creek’s Maddie Black, who helped SCHS early with their medley relay win before winning the 50 free (25.60 seconds) and placing second in the 100 free (57.69). “I think we just knew that everyone had to come out with their ‘A’ game. It was definitely a team effort.”

Though there were multiple swimmers seeded first in two different events, the competition was such that nine different girls won the individual events. Also, the meet produced 69 state-qualifying times (Longmont is Class 3A for state, while all the other teams are 4A).

Silver Creek’s 200 medley relay team dropped time, and Meghan Magill followed that by winning a spirited 200 free. Brandi Vu won the 200 individual medley handily, and then Black came on to win the 50 from an outside lane.

Black was quick to point out the enormous boost the Raptors got from their divers, which included the top three placers led by Ally Smith (396.30 points).

“Kudos to our divers, because they just came up with huge scores for us … but swimming-wise, we’ve been doing just so well,” Black said, noting her first state cut of her career came at last year’s meet. “To me, everything’s on the line at this meet.”

Niwot and Longmont both finished strong, and swimmers from both squads said after Saturday’s conclusion that the meet created the right mindset for their next couple of weeks leading up to league and eventually the state meets.

The Cougars had two event winners and finished with a sharp 400 free relay swim (3:41.65) from the foursome of Payten Irwin, Hannah Luo, Emiley Yie and Abbie Shaw. Yie also won the 100 freestyle and Irwin rallied to touch out Vu in the butterfly.

“I think going into conference we’re going to be a lot stronger, and this was a good wake-up call knowing we have some pretty strong competition,” said Shaw, who placed second in both the 200 free and 100 back. “We have a good shot at going some great things, though.

“I have a lot of close friends on Silver Creek and I know how hard they work, but I think going to conference we’ll be ready to beat them.”

Longmont’s Lucille Matheson won the 500 free as expected and had a brilliant day all around, but sisters Hannah and Emma Svendsen gave the Trojans a pair of late-in-the-meet wins before jumping right back in the pool as half of the LHS top 400 free relay team that finished second.

Emma Svendsen won the backstroke before Hannah followed with a victory in the breaststroke.

“All these teams are going to be at conference, and I think it’s a good time for all of us to see what we’ve got and what we can look forward to,” Hannah Svendsen said. “I have a lot of friends on all these teams, and it’s just awesome to compete against them because you don’t normally get to.”

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Longmont City Championship Meet

At Centennial Pool

Team scores — Silver Creek 455, Niwot 376, Longmont 349, Skyline 128.

200 medley relay — 1. Silver Creek (Hermeston, Vu, Weygandt, Black), 1:50.80*; 2. Niwot (Shaw, Sesselmann, Irwin, Thramann), 1:53.70*; 3. Longmont (E. Svendsen, Yee, Matheson, H. Svendsen), 1:56.30*.

200 freestyle — 1. Meghan Magill, Silver Creek, 2:02.40*; 2. E. Svendsen, Longmont, 2:02.50*; 2. Abbie Shaw, Niwot, 2:02.50*.

200 IM — 1. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 2:09.90*; 2. Lucille Matheson, Longmont, 2:12.20*; 3. Emiley Yie, Niwot, 2:14.10*.

50 freestyle — 1. Maddie Black, Silver Creek, 25.60*; 2. Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, 25.70*; 3. Hannah Svendsen, Longmont, 25.90*.

Diving — 1. Ally Smith, Silver Creek, 396.30*; 2. Micaela Kimmett, Silver Creek, 378.95*; 3. Kathy Weygandt, Silver Creek, 378.10.

100 butterfly — 1. Payten Irwin, Niwot, 58.17*; 2. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 58.75*; 3. Hanna Luo, Niwot, 1:01.22*.

100 freestyle — 1. Emiley Yie, Niwot, 54.75*; 2. Maddie Black, Silver Creek, 57.69*; 3. Emelie Hartrampf, Silver Creek, 57.72*.

500 freestyle — 1. Lucille Matheson, Longmont, 5:16.42*; 2. Meghan Magill, Silver Creek, 5:37.02*; 3. Emma Pearson, Silver Creek, 5:40.49*.

200 free relay — 1. Silver Creek (Hermeston, Black, Magill, Vu), 1:42.62*; 2. Niwot (Mitchell, Thramann, Vu, Yie), 1:45.23*; 3. Niwot ‘B’ (Stephenson, Jepson, Myers, Ryan), 1:51.14*.

100 backstroke — 1. Emma Svendsen, Longmont, 1:00.78*; 2. Abbie Shaw, Niwot, 1:01.03*; 3. Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, 1:01.39*.

100 breaststroke — 1. Hannah Svendsen, Longmont, 1:11.38*; 2. Karly Pearson, Silver Creek, 1:13.33*; 3. Natalie Sesselmann, Niwot, 1:14.50*.

400 free relay — 1. Niwot (Irwin, Luo, Yie, Shaw), 3:41.65*; 2. Longmont (E. Svendsen, H. Svendsen, Rhodes, Matheson), 3:48.71*; 3. Silver Creek (Burns, J. Weygandt, Hartrampf, Magill), 3:50.69*.

* — denotes state-qualifying mark