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Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer
THORNTON — Katey Lewicki was walking with her 400 freestyle relay team from the podium to the Monarch team area when she nearly missed a pretty important announcement on Wednesday night.
But luckily, Lewicki’s teammates caught her name when it was announced over the PA system at Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center, and was followed by the words “swimmer of the year.” The multiple-time state champion was voted by the state’s coaches as the top overall swimmer in Colorado’s Class 4A
The award came as a surprise to the Monarch senior, but not to the many in attendance who had watched her win the 100 backstroke just over an hour prior and fall fractions of a second short of a 4A state record while doing so.
“It’s really surreal,” Lewicki said. “My goal going into state was to just have fun because I’m committed and I just wanted my senior year to be about having fun. I have the best team and I’m just so thankful that I got to end it on such a high note.”
Lewicki, who will swim at the North Carolina State University next season, won the 100 backstroke in 54.28 seconds. The 4A state record is 54.22, set by Audrey Reimer in 2018. One of the more versatile swimmers in the state, Lewicki also placed third in the 200 IM and anchored the Coyotes’ 400 freestyle relay team to a fourth-place finish.
With Lewicki leading the way, the Coyotes, who also got a runner-up finish from sophomore Celia Webster in the 100 butterfly and a fifth-place diving effort from junior Angeline Settle, placed eighth in the team scoring. They were 165.5 points behind team champion Cheyenne Mountain and 21.5 points behind the seventh-place Silver Creek Raptors, who were led by a runner-up finish from senior Madison Black in the 50 freestyle.
“Today was an unbelievable day,” Silver Creek head coach Debbie Stewart said. “Every single event we came back (from preliminaries) in, we came back and moved up in it. It paid off and every girl dropped time in every event they swam. Our goal was to be top ten and we got seventh so I couldn’t be happier with the girls.”
Pacing the ninth-place Niwot Cougars, sophomore Mary Codevilla won both the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Her time of 4:57.37 in the 500 easily won by more than eight seconds, and was slower than her preliminary time of 4:55.01 that flirted with the 4A state record of 4:54.65.
“I would like to get the state record in the 500 free,” Codevilla said. “I was really close in prelims but just fell short in finals. I would love to win a team championship one of my four years and our relays have been placing really high, so that’s awesome.”
At the end of an up-and-down state meet, the Broomfield Eagles placed sixth after entering the state meet slotted fifth in 4A by the CHSAANow.com poll. The Eagles’ 400 freestyle relay team — Kaylee Austin, Rebecca Thompson, Maelynn Higgins, and Mairead Powers — placed third with a time of 3:37.26 in the finals. The 500 free saw Powers place fourth and Austin place seventh.
“There was a little of this, a little of that,” Broomfield head coach Emily Austin said. “There were some really great swims and some people recovered from some not-great swims to get it done in the water. We ended up in sixth and that’s about what I was expecting. Even with a few missteps, I’m proud of the girls for placing where they did.”
Paced by junior Emma Svendsen’s fifth-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:18.17, the Longmont Trojans finished 21st in the team competition. The Centaurus Warriors were 27th.