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    Fairview's Riley Tapley, center, listens as athletes were introduced during the Knights' signing day ceremony at FHS on Wednesday. Tapley will attend and compete for San Diego State next year.

  • Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer

    Fairview's Mikayla Seigal stands and thanks those in attendance for the Knights signing day ceremony of Wednesday at FHS. Eight swimmers inked letters of intent, including Seigal to Wisconsin.



The Fairview girls swim team has finished runner-up in each of the past two seasons and won the Class 5A state title in 2016.

One major reason for the Knights’ consistent and sustained success has been the graduating class of 2019. Looking to deliver another state title to Fairview this winter, that class delivered quite an impressive list of future collegiate swimmers on national signing day Wednesday.

Mostly to Division-I programs, a ridiculous eight Knights swimmers signed letters of intent to swim in college on Wednesday and there are likely several more signings to come later.

“This is our best class in 45 years of Fairview swimming,” Fairview head coach Bob Smartt said. “We’re really blessed to have this kind of talent at our school. It’s not finished either. We have two more girls who will be finishing up their paperwork in the next couple of weeks.

“Many of these girls have been swimming together for a long time so it’s really exciting for them to be able to share this amazing moment with each other.”

Mya Drost-Parra will swim at Tulane, Una Forsythe signed with Miami and Kim Lanaghen inked her future career with Nebraska. Amelie Lessing is headed to Kansas, Alex Schwier will swim at Air Force and Mikayla Seigal signed with Wisconsin. Still more big-time signings out of Fairview included Morgan Simon to University of Chicago and Riley Tapley to San Diego State.

“Besides having such an amazing team and a great coaching staff, I could also just see myself living there for the next four years,” Seigal said. “It’s amazing. I’m so proud of these girls. They’re such great people and we push each other so much. I couldn’t have done it without them and we’re really excited to see what we can accomplish this year.”

At Legacy High School in Broomfield, Shannon Feran signed to swim at Colorado Mesa University and Sophia Romero signed to swim at Xavier. Feran placed top-16 in two events at the Class 5A state meet this past February, while Romero was 10th in the 100 butterfly while also swimming relays at the meet as a junior.

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