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Girls swimming: Fairview keeps momentum in pool with win over Loveland

Knights win all 12 events in dual win over Indians

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Fairview’s Isabel Rich pulls away from the field while competing in the 500 freestyle versus the Loveland Indians in a dual meet on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Boulder.
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BOULDER — Since returning from winter break, the Fairview Knights have gotten on a roll in the pool.

The team went to Thornton and won the annual Boulder County Invite, with this year’s team winning by 332 points. Three days after the win, the Knights returned home to host the Loveland Indians in a Front Range League dual meet. Fairview continued its winning ways and won all 12 events to take the meet by a score of 215-94.

“It feels really good to be with the whole team,” Fairview’s Heather Maclachlan said. “We had a great BoCo meet that we won again, which is a cool legacy to continue. But coming back to a meet like this, it’s not one of our bigger meets, but it’s one of those meets where we try to focus on the smaller things like our technique and our turns.”

Considering how the team saw longtime head coach Bob Smartt retire and a big senior class leave after winning a state title last year, the Knights are happy to continue the legacy they and others left behind.

“It’s really brought us a lot closer this year knowing we lost a lot of really good athletes last year,” Fairview’s Isabel Rich said. “We really needed to pick it up this year and we know what we need to focus on what we need to do.”

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Kirsten Lee of Fairview swims backstroke while competing in the 200 IM versus Loveland in a dual meet on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Boulder.

While the times were slightly slower than some of the marks set earlier this year, Fairview was able to flex its depth and team culture it has used to find early success.

Reilly Jones was the first athlete to grab a win in the diving competition with a score of 209.40, edging out Paige Strait of Loveland in the event. From there, the Knights won all 11 swimming events, including multiple events where they had the top two or three finishers in the event.

Fairview had the top four times in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM, with Edith Simecek winning the freestyle in 2:00.63 and Ella Ziegert winning the IM in 2:14.58. Jenna Reznicek was the fastest swimmer in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.70.

A brief break wouldn’t slow Fairview down as it won the next seven events. Julianne Jones won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.30 and Julia Urbanowski used a fast start to hang on late and win the 100 freestyle in 57.88. Rich had the biggest win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:25.38 to win by 31 seconds.

“I felt okay about it,” Rich said on her performance. “I swam it a couple of weekends ago and it was faster (then), but I’m happy with it.”

Maclachlan won the 100 backstroke by four seconds with her time of 1:02.65 and Karolina Bank was the final individual to win an event in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:10.88. Relays saw the 200 medley win with a time of 1:54.39, the 200 freestyle relay post a winning time of 1:41.34 and the 400 freestyle relay closing the meet with a winning time of 3:45.85.

Recent success has Fairview starting to believe that this season could be a special one, as long as everyone continues to push the pace and work together to accomplish their now heightened goals on the season.

“There are definitely some high expectations,” Maclachlan said. “We have a lot of really good swimmers. A lot of our younger swimmers are trying harder because they want to be like the girls who left. We want to push our expectations but have a good time while doing so.”

The Knights return to action on the road Jan. 14 with a league meet against Fossil Ridge.