Girls swimming: St. Vrain All City Meet moves, adding to complex season for local teams

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    Lucille Matheson of Longmont swims in the 200 yard freestyle.

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    Erie's Payten Irwin, seen here competing at the Mountain Range Mustang Invite in January, later went on to win two individual gold medals at the Class 3A state meet in Fort Collins in February.

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    Abigail Shaw of Niwot competes in the 100 yard backstroke.



For the swim teams in the Longmont area, the season has been tricky without a place to call home. Teams have had to shift practice schedules, condense time in the pool and travel throughout the area just to get their work in. Some teams have even had to compete at a two-lane HOA pool, squeezing in over 50 girls for a practice with a limited facility.

Divers have also had a tough season having to travel to CU Boulder and use the facility there this season for a short period. Some days, the divers don’t even get the chance to practice due to scheduling and other issues that arise.

So it’s no surprise that the St. Vrain All City Meet for this Saturday has endured another change, moving from CU Boulder at 1:30 p.m. to Mountain View High School instead. Diving is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. and swimming will start around 5:15 p.m. That means the meet could go late into the evening, perhaps 10 p.m. or later.

The change stems from the CU Boulder facility not being able to hold the size of this meet.

“The facility can hold an estimate of 288 people, but we have about 260 swimmers scheduled to compete,” Silver Creek coach Debbie Stewart said. “There was a spot for some spill over, but ultimately, the overflow was going to be too much.”

A conference call with some of the athletic directors at the schools competing in the meet and people in charge of the CU Boulder and Mountain View facilities made a final determination to move the meet. The late start time is due to when the Mountain View pool would be available to use.

“This season has definitely been pretty stressful at times,” Skyline coach Michelle Scott said. “It is hard not having a consistent schedule or pool to work in.”

The change now complete, it’s full steam ahead for the local teams to get ready for the meet, just like they’ve done all season.

Even with the ever-changing schedule the teams have endured, they all have seen strong performances from their top swimmers this season.

“This weekend’s meet is just another challenge, and although we can’t be at our home pool, it will be a great meet,” Longmont coach Carly Daelli said. “This meet is about our team getting together with the other teams in our district, the girls swimming fast, diving well and cheering on their friends.”

Longmont, Skyline and Silver Creek will be joined by local schools Niwot and Erie competing against each other. The teams have been in some meets with each other this season, but this meet will focus primarily on the schools in the area.

Top swimmers to watch

Each school features swimmers that have secured their spot in the state meet so far. Now they will battle to determine who is the best in the area.

One of the top swimmers last week at the Mountain Range meet was Erie’s Payten Irwin. She won the 100 butterfly and finished fifth in the 50 freestyle, coupled with her performance in some relays that placed as well. Entering the week, she is ranked second in 100 butterfly, fourth in the 50 freetyle, sixth in 100 freestyle, eighth in 500 freestyle and ninth in 100 backstroke in Class 3A, according to

“I’m definitely excited and very confident, especially after swimming well at meets like this,” Irwin told at the Mountain Range meet last Saturday.

Irwin and the rest of the swimmers for the Erie team competed at Niwot before the program started up, so many former teammates will go head-to-head this week. Abigail Shaw, Mary Codevilla and Emiley Yie are ranked in the top 10 in two events each in Class 4A, led by Codevilla coming in third in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 individual medley. Yie is fourth in the 200 freestyle and sitting behind Codevilla in the 200 IM, coming in 10th this week. For Shaw, she comes into the week ranked fifth in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the 50 freestyle.

Lucille Matheson of Longmont is aiming for two individual state titles this year and leads the Trojans in their move back up to Class 4A this year. She has the top time in the 500 freestyle for her classification and is third in the 200 freestyle. On Saturday, she’ll look to prove herself as one of the top swimmers in the area as well.

Emma Hermeston is another top swimmer doing big things for her team at Silver Creek, coming in ranked seventh in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 100 backstroke. Kylie Dirks, her teammate, is ninth in the 100 butterfly as well. The team will also have the highest-ranked diver scheduled to compete in Micaela Kimmett (13th in 4A).

Skyline welcomes another diver who could score big for them in Rebecca Brucker (14th in 4A) in addition to some relay teams that have performed well this season.

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