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Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer
Boulder’s Emilia Culberson competes in the 200 freestyle at the Class 5A swimming and diving championships Saturday in Thornton.
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Team-by-team outlook
Class 5A
Boulder Panthers
Coach: Lyndsie Gibson
The Scorecard: The Panthers see an even deeper team in Gibson’s second year at the helm, and a solid first meet on Tuesday has them feeling confident they could get a top-five finish in the Front Range League. Emilia Culberson will be the senior captain after scoring in individual and relay events at state last year, and the team could get a big lift from freshman Margaret Stapleton who had a successful debut. Relays could be strong with fellow swimmers Lily Koehn, Bena Koehn, Jordan Pederson, Ella Riccio, Ashley Harvey and Emilia Culberson. Overall, Boulder is looking for growth with a deeper roster this season.

Fairview Knights
Coach: Francoise Bentley and Stacey Tobey
The Scorecard: Fairview won the state title last season, in large part due to a big senior class that had a dominant season. This year, the team will see assistant coaches Francoise Bentley and Stacey Tobey take over the team for the retired Bob Smartt. Morgan Lukinac was a quality swimmer last season as a freshmen, as was Jenna Reznicek in her sophomore year. Those three will look to lead the team along with Karolina Bank, Karla Lessing, Julianna Jones, Kirsten Lee, Sammy Mosier, Isabel Rich and Edith Simecek in individual and relay races, along with diver Reilly Jones. In all, Fairview hopes to continue winning but will settle for a competitive year with improvement from all swimmers this season.

Legacy Lightning
Coach: Tate Fisher
The Scorecard: Legacy was a young team last year, but some of those young athletes proved they could compete at the state level last season. Indigo Armon, Sydney Bales and Abby Zadorozny are some of the returning state qualifiers back with another year of experience and could be poised for an even bigger season. A deep roster with more experience has Legacy believing it can improve on finishing second in the Front Range League meet and in the top 15 at the Class 5A state meet.

Class 4A
Broomfield Eagles
Coach: Emily Austin
The Scorecard: Broomfield looks to have a strong and steady core to work with under Austin. Three seniors that qualified for state are gone, but the team has a number of swimmers back with another year under their belts that are in good shape to make it back there. I anticipate that we will be competitive in every meet this season. Six individual state qualifiers return in Annabelle Lingbeck and Rebecca Thompson, Jordan Johnson, Mairead Powers, Nikki Gorman and Kaylee Austin will lead the way, and if a big group coming in can help produce right away, Austin feels the team will competitive in the Longs Peak Conference and draw a big group to state.

Centaurus Warriors
Coach: Cort Sharp
The Scorecard: Centaurus feels there is momentum from last season that will carry over into the 2019-20 season for the team. Plenty of state qualifiers return, and Sharp believes the chance to get an even bigger number to state is possible. Grace Spakes, Jamie Luna, and Lily Dunkin are the seniors providing the leadership as seniors this year, and some other swimmers to keep an eye out on include Maddison Lin, Emma Sundberg, Lydia Davis, Grace Spakes, Zoe Keenan, Tallis Kent, Lara Franco, Isabella Brackage and Haley Maddocks.

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Longmont’s Lucy Matheson was the Northern League champion in the 200 free and 500 free.

Longmont Trojans
Coach: Carly Daelli
The Scorecard: The Trojans are excited to welcome diver Sydney Fuller and swimmers Lucy Matheson and Kaitlyn Yee back to the team after participating in state last season. Another top swimmer back is Emma Svendsen, a participant on Longmont’s state team in 2018 that was away from the team last year. Add in relay swimmers Maggie Wise, Grace Barton, Grace Geyer, and Cayman Bachman, the Trojans feel they will be able to score points this season. Daelli also sees strong leadership from the senior and junior class as well as a freshmen and sophomore group who has brought a strong work ethic to the team.

Monarch Coyotes
Coach: Emily Sampl
The Scorecard: Sampl, the Boulder boys swim coach, takes over for the Monarch girls program this fall. She will have one of the best local swimmers in the area in Katey Lewicki back for her senior year, along with returning state qualifiers Celia Webster, Clare Arguijo-Boehm, Alison Cross, Paige DiFronzo, Carolyn Jewett, Kaelan Norgard and Angeline Settle. Another top-10 finish could be on the horizon for the Coyotes this season if some of the fringe swimmers that just missed out on state can are able to take the next step and get there, something Sampl believes will happen.

Niwot Cougars
Coach: Sarah Stamp
The Scorecard: The Cougars were the runner-ups in Class 4A last year, led by BoCoPreps.com Swimmer of the Year in Mary Codevilla who had a big freshman season. Lucca Fulkerson, Sofia Gaspar, Kenzie Simon, Emiley Yie, Olivia Bridenbaugh and Mina Altshuler also return from last year’s state team. Despite graduating 16 swimmers, some new faces and energy with the team should give them another solid core to swim with, according to Stamp.

Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer
Silver Creek’s Emma Hermeston prepares for the 100 butterfly at Friday’s Class 4A state swim and dive championships in Thornton. The Raptors placed fifth as a team, with Hermeston placing fourth in the fly.

Silver Creek Raptors
Coach: Debbie Stewart
The Scorecard: Silver Creek finished in fifth place at the Class 4A state swim meet last year and return some strong state qualifiers and placers from last year. Madison Black nearly broke 24 seconds in the 50 freestyle and will be one of the top sprint swimmers to return in the classification. Emma Hermeston had a promising sophomore season and will help score in multiple events again as well. Kylie Dirks, Elena Moore, Karly Pearson and diver Mica Kimmett will all look to place again, and with the addition of a deep and talented freshmen class, the Raptors hope to be in the running for another top finish at the state meet.

Skyline Falcons
Coach: Michelle Scott
The Scorecard: Scott returns for her third season with Skyline, and this year looks to be her biggest team she will coach with the Falcons. Roughly 50 girls are out for the team this year, giving them more chances to place and score in meets. Rebecca Brucker qualified in diving for the state meet last year and returns for her senior season. Other swimmers Scott feels could have a big year include seniors Morgan Kram and Jade Hoard, juniors Emma Solc and Jaicey Stanich, and freshmen Kiya Augustad and Raelynne Baucom.

Class 3A
Erie Tigers
Coach: Kelly Shipley
The Scorecard: Erie’s inaugural swim season showed some promising with many strong swimmers from other local schools coming together with the Tigers last year. The biggest name for the team is senior Payten Irwin. She won individual titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Class 3A state meet last season, and last month she made her commitment to swim at Washington State official. Outside of Irwin, the Tigers see Meredith Olson, Raegyn Patzer, Bella Reichel and Sophia Wessbecker return with state experience, and with a roster of 107 girls this year, chances are good for the team to be much improved in year number two.

Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Mary Whitney
The Scorecard: The newest swim team in the area will compete at Holy Family this season. Mary Whitney will lead the team as the head coach and inherits a young roster looking to leave an early mark in Class 3A. Whitney does see some previous state experience on the roster with her seniors Anna Martinez (originally competing for Broomfield), Sydney Brooker (Centaurus) and Ella Chapman (Wheat Ridge), who will be tasked with leading a new high school program. Their first official swim meet will be a triangular against Brighton and Estes Park on Dec. 5.

Bringing it home: 2019 state champions
200 medley relay — Fairview, 1:41.66 (5A); Rampart, 1:42.49 (4A); Pueblo County, 1:49.14 (3A).
200 freestyle — Coleen Gillilan, Fossil Ridge, 1:47.61 (5A); Erin Lang, Loveland, 1:52.15 (4A); Remi Gucker, Evergreen, 1:55.30 (3A)*.
200 individual medley — Lucy Bell, Fossil Ridge, 2:00.06 (5A)*; Mary Codevilla, Niwot, 2:03.99 (4A)*; Davy Brown, Aspen, 2:08.65 (3A).
50 freestyle — Meredith Rees, Lewis-Palmer, 23.16 (5A); Sofia Zinis, Mullen, 23.43 (4A); Payten Irwin, Erie, 24.32 (3A)*.
Diving — Franny Cable, Arapahoe, 562.10 points (5A); Maggie Buckley, Rampart, 498.65 (4A)*; Rachel Alexander, Discovery Canyon, 424.90 (3A)*.
100 butterfly — Renee Gillilan, Fossil Ridge, 52.95 (5A)*; Harper Lehman, Cheyenne Mountain, 56.57 (4A)*; Payten Irwin, Erie, 55.58 (3A)*.
100 freestyle — Jada Surrell-Norwood, Regis Jesuit, 50.59 (5A)*; Lindsey Immel, Rampart, 51.54 (4A)*; Elise Mishmash, Salida, 53.57 (3A)*.
500 freestyle — Coleen Gillilan, Fossil Ridge, 4:56.05 (5A); Erin Lang, Loveland, 4:58.35 (4A); Remi Gucker, Evergreen, 5:10.84 (3A)*.
200 freestyle relay — Fairview, 1:34.41 (5A); Mullen, 1:37.41 (4A); Aspen, 1:40.46 (3A).
100 backstroke — Meredith Rees, Lewis-Palmer, 53.71 (5A); Katey Lewicki, Monarch, 54.36 (4A)*; Davy Brown, Aspen, 57.58 (3A).
100 breaststroke — Emma Weber, Fairview, 1:02.04 (5A)*; Edenna Chen, Rampart, 1:01.40 (4A); Emily Moreland, La Junta, 1:06.05 (3A).
400 freestyle relay — Fossil Ridge, 3:23.66 (5A); Rampart, 3:29.61 (4A); Evergreen, 3:39.31 (3A).
* — Eligible to be returning in 2019-20.

Point me to the postseason
Swimmers and relay teams that post a state-qualifying time during the regular season will compete at the state swim meets in February. Class 5A will take place Feb. 13-14, Class 3A on Feb. 14-15 and Class 4A on Feb. 18-19. All three state meets will take place at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton

Cream of the crop: 2019 BoCoPreps.com All-region team
First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school)
Fairview 200 medley relay team (Riley Tapley, Emma Weber, Jenna Reznicek, Morgan Lukinac); Mikayla Seigal, Fairview, Sr. (200 free); Mary Codevilla, Niwot, Fr. (200 IM); Madison Black, Silver Creek, Jr. (50 free); Angeline Settle, Monarch, So. (Diving); Payten Irwin, Erie, Jr. (100 fly); Kaia Reznicek, Fairview, Sr. (100 free); Lucy Matheson, Longmont, Jr. (500 free); Fairview 200 free relay team (K. Reznicek, Weber, Lukinac, Seigal); Katey Lewicki, Monarch, Jr. (100 back); Emma Weber, Fairview, Fr. (100 breast); Fairview 400 free relay team (Seigal, K. Reznicek, Mya Drost-Parra, Tapley).

Honorable mention
Indigo Armon, Legacy, Fr.; Kaylee Austin, Broomfield, Fr.; Sydney Bales, Legacy, Fr.; Karolina Bank, Fairview, Fr.; Kandice Chandra, Legacy, Jr.; Robin Cruz-Abrams, Fairview, Jr.; Emilia Culberson, Boulder, Jr.; Kylie Dirks, Silver Creek, So.; Shannon Feran, Legacy, Sr.; Una Forsythe, Fairview, Sr.; Megan Franco, Centaurus, Sr.; Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, So.; Mckenzie Jenkins, Centaurus, Sr.; Julianne Jones, Fairview, Fr.; Micaela Kimmett, Silver Creek, So.; Kim Lanaghen, Fairview, Sr.; Kristen Lee, Fairview, So.; Amelie Lessing, Fairview, Sr.; Karla Lessing, Fairview, So.; Hanna Luo, Niwot, Sr.; Jillian Martin, Broomfield, Sr.; Alice Mazzetti, Erie, Sr.; Megan Mitchell, Monarch, Sr.; Elena Moore, Silver Creek, Jr.; Rya Muller, Fairview, Sr.; Meredith Olson, Erie, Jr.; Jordan Pederson, Boulder, So.; Mairead Powers, Broomfield, So.; Ella Riccio, Boulder, So.; Isabel Rich, Fairview, Jr.; Sophia Romero, Legacy, Sr.; Abigail Shaw, Jr., Niwot; Grace Shaw, Niwot, Fr.; Morgan Simon, Fairview, Sr.; Rebecca Thompson, Broomfield, Jr.; Celia Webster, Monarch, Fr.; Emiley Yie, Niwot, So.