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Girls swimming: NISCA All-American includes 30 local efforts

Niwot’s Codevilla, Fairview and Legacy all appear multiple times

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Monarch’s Katey Lewicki was one of several local swimmers to earn a spot on the NISCA’s All-American lists after a top 4A finish in the backstroke this past February.

With 105 total All-American swims on the 2019-20 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association list released late last week, the state of Colorado proved once again the local girls swimming scene is among the nation’s best.

Upon further review, Boulder and Broomfield counties might take the cake in the Centennial State as the hotbed of the sport. In its latest annual list, nearly a full one-third of those 105 swims come from four BoCoPreps schools — Fairview, Legacy, Niwot and Monarch.

And most all of them will be eligible to continue their success at the prep level should they choose to do so.

Niwot’s Mary Coldevilla, a rising junior, led the area with three All-American level swims. The recipient of the past two BoCoPreps swimmer of the year honors had a 200 freestyle time of 1 minute, 47.97 seconds that placed her 21st in the country in the event for officially recognized times.

Codevilla also was listed in the top 100 nationwide for the 500 free (4:49.47, 17th) and the 100 breaststroke (1:03.02, 55th).

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Fairview’s Morgan Lukanic, facing camera, was one of eight Knights swimmers to appear on this year’s NISCA All-American list.

As a team, Fairview’s 2019-20 state champion squad was well-represented with relay efforts. All three relay disciplines (200 medley, 200 free and 400 free) made the top 100. The 200 medley team of Jenna Reznicek, Julianne Jones, Edie Simecek and Morgan Lukinac topped rang in ninth overall at 1:42.06, while Samantha Mosier, Helen Sun, Karolina Bank and Eleanor Ziegert helped the Knights gain recognition in the freestyle relays.

Individually, Reznicek had top-60 times in the 100 butterfly and 100 back; Simecek, a freshman, had a top-24 fly time; and Jones was recognized for her individual medley.

While Monarch’s Katey Lewicki was the only local senior on the list, coming in 25th in the backstroke, Legacy’s young and aspiring group of girls also dotted the list plenty. The Lightning’s medley relay and 400 free relay both gained honors (Abbie Kehmeier, Sabrina Rachjaibun, Sydney Bales, Indigo Armon and Abigail Zadorozny made up those teams), while Bales (100 back) and Rachjaibun (IM) also nailed down top-100 times in individual events.

While state records are only recorded during the state championships, All-American eligible swims can occur during any regular or postseason meet in which automatic timing is present.

2019-20 NISCA All-Americans

200 medley relay (top 100 nationwide placing in parentheses)

— Fairview (Jenna Reznicek, Julianne Jones, Edie Simecek, Morgan Lukinac) 1:42.06 (9th)
— Legacy (Abbie Kehmeier, Sabrina Rachjaibun, Sydney Bales, Indigo Armon) 1:44.89 (68th)

200 freestyle

— Mary Codevilla, Niwot 1:47.97 (21st)

200 individual medley 

— Sabrina Rachjaibun, Legacy 2:02.26 (57th)
— Julianne Jones, Fairview 2:02.84 (73rd)

100 butterfly

— Edie Simecek, Fairview 54.12 (T24th)
— Jenna Reznicek, Fairview 54.66 (40th)

500 free 

— Mary Codevilla, Niwot 4:49.47 (17th)

200 free relay

— Fairview (Samantha Mosier, Morgan Lukinac, Helen Sun, Karolina Bank) 1:35.74 (T58th)

100 backstroke 

— Katey Lewicki, Monarch 54.16 (25th)
— Jenna Reznicek, Fairview 54.85 (60th)
— Sydney Bales, Legacy 55.28 (76th)

100 breaststroke

— Mary Codevilla, Niwot 1:03.02 (55th)

400 free relay

— Fairview (Samantha Mosier, Jenna Reznicek, Eleanor Ziegert, Karolina Bank) 3:28.66 (83rd)
— Legacy (Abigail Zadorozny, Sabrina Rachjaibun, Sydney Bales, Indigo Armon) 3:30.05 (90th)