THORNTON – The Fairview girls swim team’s dominance of the annual Boulder County Invitational continues.
On Saturday at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, the Fairview Knights won yet another team title at the talent-packed yearly event. This year, the Knights took home the team title with 754 points and finished 334 points ahead of runner-up Mountain Vista.
Fairview won seven of 12 events but it was perhaps more because of the Knights’ incredible depth that they were able to take home the team gold by such a wide margin.
“We’ve been having really hard training recently so we were a little tired but I genuinely thought it went pretty well,” Knights sophomore Karolina Bank said. “We were supporting everyone and cheering and keep our team spirit high. During some of my freestyle races, I would see my team cheering for me on the side and that type of thing was really encouraging for all of us.”
Fairview junior Karla Lessing won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 57.91 seconds. She also placed first in the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 5:08.15. Jenna Reznicek, another Fairview junior, won the 100 backstroke in 57.09 seconds and also claimed gold in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.67 seconds.
In the relays, the Knights won the 200 medley relay – Reznicek, Julianne Jones, Edith Simecek and Morgan Lukinac – in 1:46.39. Fairview’s Samantha Mosier, Ella Ziegert, Lukinac and Bank teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.90. And with a time of 3:41.21, Reznicek, Simecek, Bank and Kirsten Lee combined to cap off the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.
“I think we did really well,” Fairview senior Emma Thomas said. “Some of my friends did really well and it’s really fun when everyone kind of does their part to help the team win.”
Taking over as co-head coaches of the defending Class 5A state champions, Francoise Bentley and Stacey Tobey were both pleased with how their swimmers looked in winning the midseason meet.
“We had girls from all depths of our team continue to incorporate what they’ve been asked to work on in practice in terms of their technique and their skills,” Bentley said. “Each meet, we’re learning what the next piece is so we can apply it in practice and at the next dual meet.”
The Monarch Coyotes placed ninth in the team scoring, finishing with 204.5 points. Senior Katey Lewicki showed well in all over her events, placing third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.08 seconds and second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:11.28. Sophomore Celia Webster (2:00.07) was fifth in the 200 freestyle and junior Angeline Settle was eighth in the diving competition with a final score of 424.35.
“All my dives were better than they were in the past,” Settle said. “It just clicked today. I didn’t do a lot of my dives at practice (Friday) so I thought that might be a problem but my front double, I landed that pretty good. I didn’t have really big expectations so was happy with today.”
With 183 points, the Boulder Panthers finished just behind Monarch in the team standings. Junior Bena Koehn was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:16.89) and fourth (56.01) in the 100 freestyle, and Ella Riccio was sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.41 seconds while the Panthers finished top eight in both freestyle relay.
Centaurus sophomore Anna-Marie Karr placed 15th in the diving competition and the Warriors finished 13th out of 14 in the team scoring.