Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer
Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
THORNTON — The swimmers for the Boulder Panthers will be the first to tell you that they have not done well in dual meets this season. They also will tell you the potential for this team is to place high at state.
On Saturday, the team backed up those claims.
Boulder took first in three of 12 events and placed throughout the Mountain Range Invitational meet to win it at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
“I think this was maybe one of the best performances we have had in a long time,” Boulder’s Max Kreidl said. “We struggle a bit in dual meets because we are small, but we really performed here. We won two of the three relays, which was amazing, especially going up against Regis Jesuit and Broomfield.”
Kreidl swam on the 200 medley relay to start the day and helped Boulder win the first event of the morning. He would later finish second in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle before helping the 400 freestyle relay team hold off Broomfield and Rocky Mountain to win with a time of 3 minutes, 10.55 seconds.
Grant Freeman, another key swimmer in relays for Boulder, broke a meet record in the 100 butterfly with his time of 51.01 seconds to get another first-place result, beating the previous record of 51.85 set last year.
“It felt really good,” Freeman said. “It was mostly for the team. We’re really trying to win this meet. It was a close race, and it felt good to pull that one off.”
In total, Boulder secured top-three finishes in eight different events to go with their three victories for a strong performance in the meet.
“In these bigger meets, we tend to show up,” Freeman said. “It’s nice to see us at the top of those rankings. We have a few fast swimmers, so these bigger meets gives us an opportunity to show them off and score a lot of points.”
The mentality Boulder swims with at the bigger meets is something they hope to continue for the remainder of the regular season. If they do, according to Kreidl, more top finishes could be coming at the end of the season.
“I think we can win a couple of relays at state,” Kreidl said. “I think overall, we’re definitely shooting for a top-five finish. We’re small, but at these big meets, if you can have a couple of standout swims, that really helps against these other teams.”
Other local standouts in meet
Kreidl was blocked from two individual first-place finishes in the meet by Legacy’s Luke Miller, who came into the weekend as one of the fastest swimmers in Class 5A this week.
Miller and Kreidl were in a close race in the 200 IM, but a late surge saw Miller pull through to win with a time of 1:52.14, less than a second better than Kreidl. The two met again in the 500 freestyle with Miller coming in first at 4:38.84, three seconds better than his Boulder counterpart.
“I’m feeling very good today,” Miller said. “I’m not really raced up at all, so to be up these times, I’m happy with it.”
Working with his club team, Miller has put his focus on perfecting his strokes this season. The times put up during the high school season shows him that the work is paying off.
“We’ve really been working on our stroke counts and swimming underwater,” Miller said. “We’re trying to have a perfect stroke. It’s obviously working out for me. I’m really happy with it.”
Legacy was able to edge Broomfield by one point to finish sixth in the team standings.
Broomfield finished seventh in the meet with Harrison Lierz returning to competition. He broke the meet record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.13 as he blew past the competition in his heat. His freestyle technique helped the 200 freestyle relay team win with a time of 1:27.41, preventing Boulder from sweeping the relay events.
The final local swimmer to win an event was Tanner Filion of Monarch in the 200 freestyle. A good start and steady race saw him win the event in 1:45.96. Filion also placed in relays and the 500 freestyle as Monarch continued its successful season by coming in fourth place.
Fairview was able to sneak into the top 10 with 118 points for eighth place. Cody Yan had the best result for the team by coming in second in the 100 freestyle. Silver Creek scored 106 points throughout multiple events, including having the only local diver to place in Friday’s diving round. Matthew Teta, one of the leading divers for area schools, finished fifth with a score of 392.45. Longmont rounded out the team results with 15.5 points to finish 17th. Most of their points came from Octavio Querol and his seventh-place finish in the 200 freestyle.
Mountain Range Mustang Invitational
At Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center
Team scores — Boulder 300, Regis Jesuit 265, Rocky Mountain 231, Monarch 189.5, Highlands Ranch 188, Legacy 152, Broomfield 151, Fairview 118, Greeley West 116, Fossil Ridge 113, Silver Creek 106, Loveland 101, Pine Creek 89, Windsor 84, Brighton 32, Mountain Range 28, Longmont 15.5, Estes Park 14.
200 medley relay — 1. Boulder (Max Kreidl, Ozzie Davis, Grant Freeman, Henry Crouch), 1:38.75*; 2. Rocky Mountain (Sawyer Kruse, Wylie Kruse, Logan Randall, Jack Miller), 1:39.41*; 3. Regis Jesuit (Gio Aguirre, Will Goodwin, Jack Clouatre, Will Kerscher), 1:39.92*.
200 freestyle — 1. Tanner Filion (Monarch), 1:45.96*; 2. Gio Aguirre (Regis Jesuit), 1:48.08*; 3. CJ Turf (Boulder), 1:51.45.
200 IM — 1. Luke Miller (Legacy), 1:52.14*; 2. Max Kreidl (Boulder), 1:52.75*; 3. Sam Anderson (Broomfield), 1:58.27*.
50 freestyle — 1. Harrison Lierz (Broomfield), 21.13*; 2. Sam Anderson (Broomfield), 21.86*; 3. Luke Stapleton (Boulder), 22.34*.
Diving — 1. Clayton Chalpin (Highlands Ranch), 537.35; 2. Quinn Henninger (Regis Jesuit), 498.40; 3. Dylan Mullen (Regis Jesuit), 410.05.
100 butterfly — 1. Grant Freeman (Boulder), 51.01*; 2. Will Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 52.17*; 3. CJ Turf (Boulder), 53.33*.
100 freestyle — 1. Andrew Scoggin (Windsor), 49.06*; 2. Cody Yan (Fairview), 49.14*; 3. Cody Glasetter (Monarch), 49.65*.
500 freestyle — 1. Luke Miller (Legacy), 4:38.84*; 2. Max Kreidl (Boulder), 4:41.62*; 3. Reid Gilbert (Pine Creek), 4:57.28.
200 free relay — 1. Broomfield (Jon Kim, Sam Hahn, Sam Anderson, Harrison Lierz), 1:27.41*; 2. Boulder (Henry Crouch, Luke Stapleton, Cooper Lull, CJ Turf), 1:29.47*; Regis Jesuit (Will Kerscher, Nick Ames, Gavin Will, Saywer Inglis), 1:31.01*.
100 backstroke — 1. Will Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 52.51*; 2. Grant Freeman (Boulder), 53.37*; 3. Trevor Van Law (Highlands Ranch), 53.63*.
100 breaststroke — 1. Joshua-Ryan Lujan (Pine Creek), 58.59*; 2. Harrison Lierz (Broomfield), 59.09*; 3. Danny Turner (Loveland), 1:00.50*.
400 free relay — 1. Boulder (CJ Turf, Luke Stapleton, Grant Freeman, Max Kreidl), 3:10.55*; 2. Broomfield (Sam Anderson, Jon Kim, Sam Hahn, Harrison Lierz), 3:12.39*; 3. Rocky Mountain (Jack Miller, Sawyer Kruse, Logan Randall, Wylie Kruse), 3:13.53*.
* — denotes state-qualifying mark