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Girls swimming: League meets adjust quickly with state meets on the horizon

Winter snowstorm forces a few changes, but championship meets still a go

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The Friday snowstorm that blew in along the Front Range forced many cancellations and postponements. The local swim teams, like the Broomfield Eagles, league championship meets will be stacked on top of each other with state championships just one week away.

Schools in the area made the call to cancel after-school activities on Friday due to weather and road conditions.

The St. Vrain Valley School District announced all activities on Friday were postponed, impacting the Longs Peak League swim meet that was scheduled to run preliminary heats on Friday and finals on Saturday in Greeley. Shortly after that announcement, it was announced that the Front Range League swim finals for Friday in Loveland were also postponed.

League meets in the Front Range, Northern and Longs Peak conferences will now all run on Saturday to determine league championships, with state meets right around the corner. Saturday also serves as the final chance for swimmers on the fringe of posting a state qualifying time in an event to reach their marks.

The biggest change comes in the Longs Peak meet. Swimmers originally scheduled to race in the preliminaries on Friday will now compete in those races at 8 a.m. on Saturday and divers will compete in prelims at 10 a.m. Those who qualify for the finals will hit the pool again around 3 p.m. for the finals, making for a full day of competition.

“It will have an impact,” Broomfield coach Emily Austin said. “The girls were mentally prepared to race on Friday, but we and the coaches are just saying that we are going to do our jobs. Everyone is in the same boat, so no one has an advantage over another. You just move forward and accept that it will happen.”

Broomfield, Silver Creek and Erie will be joined by Greeley West and Windsor for the meet at the Greeley Rec Center. Whichever team handles the adjusted schedule the best may make the difference at the top with such a slim margin between the schools competing. Silver Creek is looking to win its sixth consecutive league meet on Saturday.

Teams in the Front Range League meet held their preliminary races on Thursday at the Mountain View Aquatic Center and will now run finals on Saturday at 5 p.m. The day off in between prelims and finals makes for a unique change in the schedule with teams already tapering to prepare for league and state meets.

“It’s not really ideal to take days off in the middle of tapering or between racing days, but everyone is in the same situation so we’ll just make the best of it,” Monarch coach Emily Sampl said. “(Thursday) was a really long day with leaving the school around 9 a.m. and getting back after 7 p.m., so the extra rest might actually benefit people.”

The Northern League, also at Mountain View, was able to run its preliminary races on Friday before the afternoon cancellations were announced. Finals remain at 12 p.m. at MVHS, with Longmont, Centaurus and Niwot all present.

At Thompson Valley High School, Skyline and Holy Family will compete in the Tri-Valley League meet with finals at 3 p.m.

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