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Boulder”s Grant Freeman won the 100 butterfly at the Mountain Range Mustang Invitational on Saturday, helping the Panthers win the multiple-team meet that had plenty of local participants.
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First Team

200 medley relay — Monarch (Tanner Filion, Justin Darr, Cody Glastetter, Rodrigo Gutierrez): Monarch made an impressive turnaround this year finishing third in the Front Range League meet and battling for top spots at other big meets during the season. The four swimmers in the 200 freestyle relay placed at the state meet and also contributed in a number of individual events at state to lead the breakout season for the Coyotes.

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/BoCoPreps.com)

200 freestyle — Lukas Miller, Jr., Legacy: The NC State commit won the event at the Class 5A state meet with a  time of 1:35.72, but the time he set at the Front Range League meet of 1:35.62 stands alone as the fastest time recorded in the event by a high school boys swimmer in Colorado.

200 individual medley — Harrison Lierz, Jr., Broomfield: The reigning BoCoPreps.com Swimmer of the Year won three state titles and blew away from the field in the 200 IM at state with a time of 1:49.54. It would be the first of three first-place finishes to close out the state meet for Lierz, with the others coming in the 200 freestyle relay and 100 backstroke.

50 freestyle — Grant Freeman, Sr., Boulder: Having to lead a smaller roster for Boulder this year, Freeman stepped up with the fastest time by a local swimmer in the event (21.34) and contributed in relays to help Boulder finish sixth in the final team standings at state.

Silver Creek’s Matthew Teta performs one of his dives during the Class 4A state meet Saturday in Thornton. (Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)

Diving — Matthew Teta, Sr., Silver Creek: Having to drive over 45 minutes to practice every day and leading a freshman group as the only senior, Teta proved he could handle it all as he secured his best finish at state to close out his high school career, finishing fifth with a score of 401.55.

100 butterfly — Max Kreidl, Jr., Boulder: Kreidl, one of the key swimmers for a smaller Boulder team, held his weight in individual and relay events during the season. He scored the lone first-place result for Boulder in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.72.

100 freestyle — Sam Anderson, Sr., Broomfield: Anderson closes out his high school career on a positive note with four top-10 finishes, including his fourth-place time of 46.78 in the 100 freestyle. He served as one of the top senior leaders for the Eagles, who finished seventh in the final team standings at state.

500 freestyle — Pierce Bigelow, So., Silver Creek: One of many underclassmen with a bright future, Bigelow stood out in distance events for the Raptors throughout the season. It cultivated in him finishing fifth in the 500 freestyle at the state meet for the best mark by a local swimmer in the Class 4A meet.

200 freestyle relay — Broomfield (Harrison Lierz, Sam Anderson, Sam Hahn, Jon Kim): This relay team from Broomfield went into the week of state with the fastest time in all three relay events in Class 4A. They would go on to win the state title in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.08 thanks to a strong anchor leg.

100 backstroke — Jake Gutru, Fr., Silver Creek: Many freshmen and sophomores contributed in a big way for Silver Creek to be in the running for the state title, and one of the top performers in that group was Gutru with his eighth-place finish in the 100 backstroke and his help in relays that scored a bulk of points in the team standings.

100 breaststroke — Cody Yan, Jr., Fairview: While it was a tough year for the Fairview Knights, Yan proved to be a strong competitor each time he was in the pool. His time of 59.73 that he swam at the Class 5A state finals was the fastest by a local swimmer in the event for state and helped scored all of their points at the state meet this year.

400 free relay — Boulder (Max Kreidl, Luke Stapleton, CJ Turf, Grant Freeman): In addition to placing in multiple individual events, the four from Boulder were a part of two relays that finished high at the Class 5A state meet. Their run in the 400 freestyle relay was the best, finishing third with a time of 3:06.21.

Coach of the year — Debbie Stewart, Silver Creek: Silver Creek had many young swimmers step up and contribute in a big way this year, as well as two divers finish in the top 10. All of this was done while the team was without their main practice facility for the entire season. A loaded roster coming back and full-time facility to use will make Stewart’s team one to watch for next season.

Honorable mention

Weston Call, Jr., Silver Creek; Dakota Casey, Jr., Silver Creek; Nicolas Coringrato, Jr., Legacy; Nathan Cote, Jr., Broomfield; Henry Crouch, Sr., Boulder; Ian Curd, So. Silver Creek; Kynan DeSouza-Chen, Fr., Fairview; Hayden Dickinson, Sr., Silver Creek; Jacob Dowlin, Fr., Silver Creek; Stephen Gately, Sr., Broomfield; Conner Hassert, So., Silver Creek; Henry Kuhna, Sr., Broomfield; Brandon Li, Jr., Fairview; Cooper Lull, Jr., Boulder; Arya Nandyal, Fr., Broomfield; Jonus Ortega, Sr., Legacy; Octavio Querol, Sr., Longmont; James Sears, Jr., Longmont; Carson Simon, Jr., Silver Creek; Aidan Shepston, Fr., Legacy; Austen Schunk, Jr., Monarch; Jack Tran, Fr., Legacy; Zach Waldrip, So., Fairview; Josh Winter, Sr., Boulder; Andrew Wu, Sr., Silver Creek.

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