Boys swimming: Boulder cracks top 10, Legacy’s Miller wins two state titles

Class 5A state meet concludes in Thornton on Friday

Max Kreidl of Boulder, right, swam his way to the Class 5A butterfly state title in May.

THORNTON — The Boulder boys swim team had a smaller roster this year and knew everyone would have to pull some extra weight if they were going to flirt with a top-five finish at state.

The team did step up Friday and the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, but they just missed the top five in the team standings by five points and instead had to settle for sixth. Still, the team was pleased with their efforts in the pool to finish the season.

“We all have so much support for each other,” Boulder’s Max Kreidl said. “I know when I go up there, the whole team has my back. We all support each other no matter what.”

Kreidl entered the finals with the fastest time in the 100 butterfly and kept his top spot with a time of 48.72, becoming one of just two local swimmers to earn a first-place finish in the meet.

“It feels really good, especially against all these kids who are pushing me,” Kreidl said. “In the (final) 50 I knew it was close, so I had to put my head down and hope for the best.”

Kreidl also helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays finish in the top five of the finals. With the top swimmers for the team competing in them, Boulder was able to score a good portion of its points in the relays to keep near the top of the team standings.

“In our medley relay, we dropped our time from yesterday, and we had our top run in the 400 free,” Boulder’s Grant Freeman said. “We had a great chance to score a bunch of points with them.”

Boulder’s CJ Turf comes up for a breath while competing in the 200 freestyle during the Class 5A state swimming finals on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Thornton. (Brandon Boles/

Freeman, CJ Turf and Luke Stapleton all placed in their individual events in addition to the relays. The 200 freestyle relay team also had a top-10 finish in the meet.

Boulder was the top team in the meet, but the top individual was Lukas Miller of Legacy. Coming off a strong run in the Front Range League meet last weekend, Miller swam the fastest times in the preliminary round in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. On Friday, he repeated his efforts to win both events.

In the 200, Miller did not reach his mark that is currently the fastest in the entire state, but he did set a state meet record of 1:35.72 to win by a full six seconds.

“It was all right,” Miller said of the 200. “I think I went a bit faster last week. I still think it was a good time. It really shows the hard work I’ve been putting in paid off. It felt really good.”

The 500 was an event Miller added late in the season to help Legacy and is still working to master it, but he proved capable and managed to hold on down the stretch for the winning time of 4:35.22 for his other individual state title.

“I still have a lot to learn on the race,” Miller said. “I’m hoping to keep improving off of it.”

Miller also swam in two of the three relays that placed for Legacy. Jack Tran scored in the 100 backstroke and the team would finish 12th in the final standings.

Lukas Miller of Legacy, center, holds two fingers up at the finish line after winning the 200 freestyle final at the Class 5A state swim meet on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Thornton. (Brandon Boles/

Monarch finished 19th with two relays scoring most of the points. Tanner Filion and Rodrigo Gutierrez would also place in a couple of individual races for the team. Fairview saw Cody Yan place in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay team compete in the finals to score six team points in the standings.

CHSAA Class 5A State Championships

At Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

Team scores — Cherry Creek 520, Regis Jesuit 394, Arapahoe 251, Fossil Ridge 250, Rocky Mountain 212, Boulder 207, Heritage 201, Ponderosa 157, Highlands Ranch 146, Valor Christian 135, Fort Collins 128, Legacy 103, Columbine 101, Grandview 100, Ralston Valley 94, Cherokee Trail 88, Loveland 65, Smoky Hill 62, Monarch 56, Lakewood 42, Denver East 33, Chatfield 29, Rampart 23, Hinkley 20, Mountain Range 9, Fairview 9, Douglas County 6.

200 medley relay — 1. School (Swimmers names), 0:00.00; 2. School (Swimmers names), 0:00.00; 3. School (Swimmers names), 0:00.00.

200 freestyle — 1. Cherry Creek (Jake Russell, Spencer Smith, Lars Hanna, Bryce Ortanes), 1:32.00; 2. Regis Jesuit (Sean Carr, William Goodwin, Jack Clouatre, Will Kerscher), 1:33.26; 3. Heritage (Alex McMahon, Sebastian Wolff, Jackson Gurley, Nicholas Kelley), 1:33.63; 5.  Boulder (Grant Freeman, Henry Crouch, Max Kreidl, Luke Stapleton), 1:33.92; 13. Monarch (Monarch ‘A’ (Tanner Filion, Justin Darr, Cody Glastetter, Rodrigo Gutierrez), 1:37.62; 19. Fairview (Brandon Li, Cody Yan, Kynan DeSouza-Chen, Zach Waldrip), 1:44.02.

200 IM — 1. Lukas Miller (Legacy), 1:35.72; 2. Sawyer Inglis (Regis Jesuit), 1:41.74; 3. Cobi Wood (Grandview), 1:43.45; 13. Tanner Filion (Monarch), 1:45.24; 18. CJ Turf (Boulder), 1:46.04.

200 IM — 1. William Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 1:48.57; 2. Zach Bartel (Fossil Ridge); 1:51.74; 3. Fletcher Hayes (Arapahoe), 1:52.19.

50 freestyle — 1. Brendan Eckerman (Cherry Creek), 20.69; 2. Josh Pales (Fossil Ridge), 20.71; 3. Knox Williams (Fort Collins), 21.03; 7. Grant Freeman (Boulder), 21.34; 10. Luke Stapleton (Boulder), 21.75; 11. Rodrigo Gutierrez (Monarch), 21.91; 20. Cody Glastetter (Monarch), 22.56.

Diving — 1. Quinn Henninger (Regis Jesuit), 606.50; 2. Clayton Chaplin (Highlands Ranch), 543.80; 3. Casey Fellows (Valor Christian), 513.05.

100 butterfly — 1. Max Kreidl (Boulder), 48.72; 2. Sawyer Kruse (Rocky Mountain), 49.50; 3. Knox Williams (Fort Collins), 49.87; 4. Grant Freeman (Boulder), 50.01; 14. CJ Turf (Boulder), 52.13.

100 freestyle — 1. Brendan Eckerman (Cherry Creek), 45.62; 2. Nikolas Silolahti (Cherry Creek), 46.35; 3. Daniel Bensen (Arapahoe), 46.39; 20. Luke Stapleton (Boulder), 49.53.

500 freestyle — 1. Lukas Miller (Legacy), 4:35.22, 2. Fletcher Hayes (Arapahoe), 4:36.05; 3. Max Kreidl (Boulder), 4:38.76.

200 free relay — 1. Cherry Creek (Nikolas Silolahti, Tommy Salvetti, Blake Jorgens, Brendan Eckerman), 1:24.73; 2. Arapahoe (Jack Giesen, Daniel Bensen, Benjamin Brewer, Nick Stephenson), 1:25.70; 3. Regis Jesuit (Gio Aguirre, Gavin Will, Jack Clouatre, Sawyer Inglis), 1:26.73; 9. Boulder (Henry Crouch, Josh Winter, Cooper Lull, CJ Turf), 1:29.23; 11. Legacy (Jack Tran, Aidan Shepston, Nicolas Coringrato, Luke Miller), 1:28.01; 13. Monarch (Justin Darr, Austen Schunk, Cody Glastetter, Rodrigo Gutierrez), 1:29.09.

100 backstroke — 1. Gavin Olson (Columbine), 48.22; 2. Nicholas Fox (Ralston Valley), 49.12; 3. Nathan Griffin (Ponderosa), 50.43; 17. Tanner Filion (Monarch), 53.44; 18. Jack Tran (Legacy), 53.69.

100 breaststroke — 1. Will Goodwin (Regis Jesuit), 54.67; 2. Jack Berdahl (Arapahoe), 56.31; 3. Josh Pales (Fossil Ridge), 56.32; 16. Cody Yan (Fairview), 59.73.

400 free relay — 1. Cherry Creek (Nikolas Silolahti, Lars Hanna, Bryce Ortanes, Brendan Eckerman), 3:04.20; 2. Regis Jesuit (Gio Aguirre, Will Kerscher, Sawyer Inglis, William Goodwin), 3:05.35; 3. Boulder (Max Kreidl, Luke Stapleton , CJ Turf, Grant Freeman), 3:06.21; 8. Legacy (Jonus Ortega, Aidan Shepston, Nicolas Coringrato, Luke Miller), 3:10.53.

Cody Yan of Fairview comes above the water in the 100 butterfly in his final heat of the Class 5A state swim meet on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Thornton. (Brandon Boles/