Right after leading the Broomfield Eagles in the Class 4A state swim meet, Harrison Lierz was back in the pool with his club swim team preparing for an important summer.
Coming off winning three state titles, Lierz will be traveling to Clovis, New Mexico, for the TYR Pro Swim Series next week. Following that, he will swim in a sectionals meet in Mount Hood, Oregon, and then swim in a Nationals meet to try and qualify for the World Junior Team. If he qualifies in the top-two at Nationals, he will get the chance to swim in Budapest against some of the best junior swimmers in the world.
“Right now I’m feeling really good,” Lierz said. “Next week will be a benchmark to see where I’m at. I’m hoping to make it, but if I don’t, I know I have next year to make it as well.”
Before embarking on the busy summer, Lierz took time to reflect on his high school season which led him to being named the BoCoPreps.com Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season.
“I was really happy with the season,” Lierz said. “I wanted more out of it, but with how it ended I was happy with it. We won the 200 free relay and our goal after the Mustang Invite when we put up a good time was to win one relay at state, and we did it.”
Lierz was the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay with Sam Hahn, Jon Kim and Sam Anderson. The four of them entered the week of state with the fastest time in three different relays but could only swim in two. After coming up short in the 200 medley relay to begin the finals, the team bounced back to win their other relay with a time of 1:27.08.
The key to winning the relay was the ground Lierz was able to make up to barely grab the lead for Broomfield in order to defeat Mullen. Winning the relay was the highlight of the high school season for Lierz.
“The proudest moment was the 200 free relay that we won,” Lierz said. “It was a team effort. No one can just carry the relay. Everyone did their part, and it was great to win.”
Swimming the key anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay came after Lierz won his first individual state title in the 200 individual medley, blowing by the field for a time of 1:49.54 to win by nearly five full seconds. Right after the relay win, Lierz was back in the pool for the 100 backstroke finals and finished his day with a third state title by holding off Discovery Canyon’s Quintin McCarty for first place.
Adding three more state titles and a third-place finish in another relay at state continues to build up the resume for Lierz in his swim career, one the Broomfield star is proud of to this point.
And all of that comes before he continues his swim career at the NCAA level with the University of Tennessee.
“I bonded with the team really well (at Tennessee),” Lierz said. “They were supportive and amazing. The facilities are really nice and the campus was great too.”
Before looking at his senior year and his NCAA future, Lierz is locked in on making this summer a memorable one with his club team and to use that momentum to finish his career in Broomfield strong in 2020.
“It would mean a lot,” Lierz said. “I saw a good friend of mine make the junior team and he swam great there. I want to have that experience more than anything.”