Niwot sophomore Mary Codevilla didn’t mind skipping the chance to defend her state title in the 200 IM at the Class 4A girls swimming championships last month.
The aquatic aficionado flourished elsewhere — and in the spots her team needed her most. And by doing so, the swimmer who has shown no ceiling through her first two years of high school competition strengthened her standing among even the most decorated state swimmers.
“I like swimming any of the events,” said Codevilla, the BoCoPreps girls swimmer of the year for a second straight season. “Each one is fun in its own way. And, like my coach was telling me, I can kind of go anywhere. So, I mostly swim what she needs me to.”
Wins mostly anywhere, too.
Codevilla finished the winter season as the only area swimmer to net two individual titles across the three classifications’ state meets, winning the 4A 200 and 500 freestyles at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
In the 200 free, she led from start to finish and touched in an All-American time of 1 minute, 49.31 seconds. In the 500 free, her prelim time of 4:55.01 nearly eclipsed the reigning 4A state record in the event of 4:54.65.
“I was definitely looking at that (record time),” Codevilla said. “It’ll definitely be a goal for the next two years.”
She also had the fastest final legs in the 200 freestyle relay prelim and the 400 freestyle final as her teams finished fourth and fifth. In all, she accounted for 122 of her team’s 164 state points as Niwot tied for ninth.
“She just has such a love for swimming,” Cougars coach Sarah Stamp said. “She doesn’t take herself too seriously. She has fun with it.”
Codevilla trains most of the year with Elevation Athletics swim club and said she works on each stroke at nearly every practice.
That versatility was proven over the high school season where she qualified for state in every event except diving.
“I’m trying to think if she couldn’t place top 10 at state in anything,” Stamp said before pausing. “I don’t have times in front of me. But if she was outside the top 10 in any event, it would be just outside of it.”
Codevilla said she is currently getting ready for club sectionals and junior national events, among the top swimming tournaments coming her way in the next few months. As for goals: Reaching for an Olympic Trial qualifying time, she said.
“It’s kind of long shot,” she said. “But it’s always worth a try.”