Swimming: Several locals find way to NICSA All-America list

Legacy’s Lukas Miller, Fairview’s Mikayla Seigal headline yearly performance

Daily Camera file photo
Lukas Miller of Legacy made the NICSA swimming and diving All-America list in four separate events this past spring season.

Legacy’s Lukas Miller had himself one heck of a prep swim season in the spring, highlighted of course by two state championship swims at the Class 5A state meet in May.

However, when the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) released its list of All-American performers this week, Miller’s spring was really put into perspective. The list determines the top 100 times of the season for each gender for the 2018-19 scholastic calendar, and Miller found himself in the top 100 in four different events.

He was not alone, though, as representatives from Boulder, Fairview, Broomfield, Monarch and Niwot made either the boys or girls lists in different events.

Miller stood tall in winning the 200 free and 500 free at state, setting a meet record in the 200 with a time of 1 minute, 35.72 seconds. But his in-season time of 1:34.45 was eligible for the All-America list, and that put him third in the entire nation in that event. Miller also found spots in the 200 individual medley (92nd), the 100 free (27th) and the 500 free (58th).

Some of his male counterparts included Harrison Lierz of Broomfield, Max Kreidl of Boulder and two Boulder Panthers relays. Lierz’s times of 1:48.20 in the 200 IM and 48.48 in the 100 backstroke were 22nd and 24th nationally, respectively. Kriedl made the list solo in the 100 butterfly (36th), while the Panthers’ 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams included the combination of Kreidl, Grant Freeman, Luke Stapleton, Henry Crouch and CJ Turf. The Boulder 400 relay was ranked 52nd.

Fairview, which won the girls Class 5A state title in February, had a number of representatives in what turned out to be Bob Smartt’s final season coaching the team. All three of the relay teams made the top 100, highlighted by the 200 medley relay’s seventh-place standing (Riley Tapley, Emma Weber, Jenna Reznicek and Morgan Lukinac combined for a time of 1:41.66).  The other two relays finished in the top-30 nationally.

Individually, Mikayla Seigal made the list in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, while Amelie Lessing (200 individual medley), Tapley (100 butterfly) and Weber (100 breaststroke) also earned the honors.

Niwot’s Mary Codevilla, the girls swimmer of the year, made the top 100 in the IM and 500 freestyle. And another state champion, Monarch’s Katey Lewicki, was 27th nationally in the 100 backstroke.