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Erie sophomore Payten Irwin competed for the Niwot swim team the past two seasons, but could swim for the Tigers next season as the school is adding a team.

ERIE — Wednesday was a big day for Erie High School athletics.

The Tigers, who have seen incredible growth in all their programs across the board this year, will add two more sports to their arsenal beginning in the winter season of 2018.

Erie athletic director Justin Carpenter released it on Twitter that the school will add boys lacrosse and girls swimming next school year.

“Lacrosse has been in St. Vrain for a while at Twin Peaks, but only as a junior varsity team, so we are going to hire great coaches and start with a varsity team,” Carpenter said. “So to not only start it, but start it with a varsity team, pending the coaching pool we can pull from.”

Erie will be the host school for the St. Vrain team, meaning that students from across the entire school district will have the opportunity to play at the varsity level for the Tigers. They will compete at the Class 4A level next spring.

Carpenter was adamant in his belief that the school was more in need of a girls swim team. There were several members of the Class 3A championship team at Longmont that were Erie students, and a number of others that competed with other squads, such as sophomore Peyten Irwin who swam for Niwot.

“With swimming, facilities was the biggest obstacle,” Carpenter said. “But we were able to partner with Carbon Valley Rec Center and that’s going to be a great setup for our girls and those from Frederick and other schools close to us as well.

“We have a lot of eighth graders coming in, that swimming is their thing and we needed to be able to offer that for them.”

Erie will swim in Class 3A next winter.

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