LONGMONT — The Silver Creek girls swim team never got the chance to have a proper home meet to honor their seniors last year due to Centennial Pool being closed for the season for repairs.
This year’s senior group did get that chance, however, to go out at home with a league meet versus Greeley West on Tuesday. Silver Creek came through behind its senior class and won 106-80 for its second league meet victory of the season.
“It was nice to be in here one last time,” Silver Creek’s Maddie Black said. “I’m sure the emotions will come later, but I’m just happy to come out on top. I’m really thankful for this team and how we progressed this season.”
Black teamed up with fellow senior Karly Pearson and juniors Emma Hermeston and Kylie Dirks in the 200 medley relay to open the meet and set the tone with a six-second win and a finish time of 1:55.98. Black later swam with Elena Moore, Ania Burke and Gabrielle Feneide on the 200 free relay team that won in 1:48.48.
The two relay teams came into the week ranked in the top five in Class 4A for fastest times and have become a formidable group that could help Silver Creek score big late in the season.
“The really nice thing about the group in the relays that I swim on is that we actually swim in club, too,” Black said. “We have a lot of experience swimming with each other and know what our goals are, how to pump each other up and get ready for a race. We gel really well together since we know each other really well.”
The 400 free relay team of Black, Dirks, Hermeston and Greta Richardson were edged by Greeley West’s top team in the final event and finished in second place in 3:58.76.
Another swimmer in the top relays that had a strong evening was Dirks. The junior got the early lead and never looked back in the 500 free, her time of 5:38.56 more than enough to win the event. In addition to her times in the pool, Dirks made her diving debut with Silver Creek and placed third.
“It’s been a little rough getting back into it,” Dirks said. “This is my first meet diving for the high school team. It’s been really great being around a different group of girls and still being a part of that big team.”
Autumn Lull won the event with some strong dives to score 233.85 points and Micaela Kimmett was second with 229.50 for Silver Creek.
Moore took the 50 freestyle title with her swim of 27.23 and Sierra Bindseil had a good day for the underclassmen as she won the 200 IM in 2:31.37 and the 100 free with a time of 1:00.25. Greeley West won five events, including the final three events to close the gap.
With only a couple of weeks remaining, Silver Creek will now begin the tapering process and work towards improving times for the Long’s Peak League meet and the state meet in February.
“We’ve been really focused on supporting each other’s goals, whether it is state or going into conference,” Dirks said. “It’s really about building into that last push for the last few meets.”
For the entire team, there are plenty of big goals left to obtain, according to Black.
“We’re trying to go out and win conference for the sixth time in a row,” Black said. “That’s a huge goal for us. For state, we want to finish in the top five. We have a big enough group and enough depth to get there. We just have to work hard and I think we can get there.”