Girls swimming: Silver Creek wins Northern League championships

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    Paten Irwin of Niwot wins the 100 butterfly during Saturday's Northern League championships at the VMAC in Thornton. Go to for more photos.

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    Centaurus teammates Sarah Boyer, left, and Lily Dunkin celebrate after Boyer won a heat during Saturday's Northern League championships at the VMAC in Thornton. Go to for more photos.

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    Longmont's Hannah Svendson swims in the 200 IM during Saturday's Northern League championships at the VMAC in Thornton. Go to for more photos.

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    Brandi Vu of Silver Creek after winning the 200 IM during Saturday's Northern League championships at the VMAC in Thornton. Go to for more photos.



THORNTON — Silver Creek senior swimmer Brandi Vu’s Saturday was near perfect.

Almost flawless, save for the fact she misplaced her towel as she was poolside with her teammates waiting for the final team scores of the Northern League championship meet at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Eventually, she found something to dry off with — only to need it again after Silver Creek celebrated its team title with another dip in the VMAC pool.

In a meet that also featured some great representation from Niwot, Longmont and Centaurus, Vu’s two event wins were outright spectacular and the Raptors were responsible for two meet records along the way to 465.5 points and victory.

“Being the league champs just means everything … we knew it was going to be close but we also knew a lot of girls were going to pull through for us and make some great swims,” Vu said after her final league meet, which came at the same venue as where Class 3A and 4A will be next weekend for the state championships. “It was us trying to get some more state cuts and just get as many points as we could.”

Vu combined with Jenny Weygandt, Emma Hermeston and Maddie Black to win the 200 medley relay in meet record time (1 minute, 49.08 seconds), and it wasn’t too much longer into the meet when she beat former Thompson Valley star Eryn Eddy’s league mark in the 200 individual medley — coming in at 2:07.72.

It took much more for the Raptors to fend off Niwot and its double-event winner, Payten Irwin. The medley relay was a good start for Saturday, but even on Friday the Raptors gained a big edge in the scoring with their divers — Alexandra Smith, Kathy Weygandt and Mica Kimmett — finishing first, second and fifth, respectively.

“We didn’t really realize until this year how big our divers can be for us, and we’re so appreciative of that,” Vu said, her other individual title coming in the breaststroke. “They won a lot of meets for us.

“Getting that league record in the relay was awesome.”

The Raptors also won the 200 free relay, giving them five total league titles.

“It’s been such a fun ride, because this is our fourth league (title) since I’ve been here … Niwot’s been such great competition that whole time,” said Jenny Weygandt, who was named the league swimmer of the year.

Niwot and Longmont both had three event wins, giving the teams a full sweep of the meet’s first-place finishes. That helped the Cougars and Trojans to second and fourth place, respectively.

Irwin won the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly — the latter quite convincingly (57.96) — and freshman Emily Yie joined the club as she won the 100 freestyle (54.43). The Cougars’ overall performance definitely had Yie excited for the coming week — a time when the teams will taper down and, as she said, ‘cut out the sweets’ in their diets.

“I like what I saw today and really think we have some great potential for next weekend,” Yie said, her 100 free time a personal best. “I hope we can go out and do what we did today, just a bit better.”

Joining Yie as a freshman champion was Emma Svendsen of Longmont. Coming in with a top-three Class 3A recorded time in the backstroke, Svendsen broke the 1-minute barrier for the first time (59.08), adding to the Trojans’ solid day.

Longmont’s Lucille Matheson also won two events, cruising in both distance freestyle swims after coming in with the top preliminary times.

“It’s amazing,” Svendsen said of being a conference champ. “I love to race, and there’s amazing talent everywhere. We just had a great race against each other, and it was awesome.”

The meet has been held for years up north, but having the league meet at VMAC this year gave all the swimmers a chance to acclimate to the environment just days before the state meets. Class 3A preliminaries go Thursday with finals on Friday, while Class 4A will occupy the pool Friday and Saturday.

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Team scores — Silver Creek 465.50, Niwot 420, Thompson Valley 359, Longmont 318.50, Centaurus 223, Mountain View 178.

200 medley relay — 1. Silver Creek (Hermeston, Vu, J. Weygandt, Black), 1:49.08*; 2. Longmont (E. Svendsen, Yee, Matheson, H. Svendsen), 1:52.39; 3. Niwot (Luthens, Sesselmann, Luo, Vu), 1:54.85.

200 freestyle — 1. Lucille Matheson, Longmont, 1:54.29; 2. Emiley Yie, Niwot, 1:59.09; 3. Emma Svendsen, Longmont, 2:00.01.

200 IM — 1. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 2:07.72*; 2. Sophie Kubik, Thompson Valley, 2:12.48; 3. Hannah Svendsen, Longmont, 2:12.73.

50 freestyle — 1. Payten Irwin, Niwot, 24.73; 2. Maddie Black, Silver Creek, 24.92; 3. Emily Fulp, Thompson Valley, 25.40.

Diving — 1. Alexandra Smith, Silver Creek, 368.00; 2. Kathy Weygandt, Silver Creek, 367.35; 3. Emma Briles, Thompson Valley, 366.75.

100 butterfly — 1. Payten Irwin, Niwot, 57.96; 2. Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, 59.56; 3. Sophie Kubik, Thompson Valley 1:00.35.

100 freestyle — 1. Emiley Yie, Niwot, 54.43; 2. Emily Fulp, Thompson Valley, 55.89; 3. Meghan Magill, Silver Creek, 56.09.

500 freestyle — 1. Lucille Matheson, Longmont, 5:10.47; 2. Adley Morison, Thompson Valley, 5:29.44; 3. Emma Pearson, Silver Creek, 5:35.47.

200 free relay — 1. Silver Creek (Vu, Hermeston, Black, Magill), 1:39.49; 2. Niwot (Vu, Mitchell, Irwin, Yie), 1:41.78; 3. Thompson Valley, 1:42.71.

100 backstroke — 1. Emma Svendsen, Longmont, 59.08; 2. Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, 59.68; 3. Abbie Shaw, Niwot, 59.81.

100 breaststroke — 1. Brandi Vu, Silver Creek, 1:04.43; 2. Hannah Svendsen, Longmont, 1:09.96; 3. Karly Pearson, Silver Creek, 1:10.40.

400 free relay — 1. Niwot (Luo, Yie, Irwin, Shaw), 3:37.59 ; 2. Longmont (E. Svendsen, H. Svendsen, Rhodes, Matheson), 3:43.28; 3. Silver Creek (Burns, Hartrampf, J. Weygandt, Magill), 3:45.87.

* — denotes meet record.