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THORNTON, CO – Monarch High School’s Celia Webster competes in the 4A 200-yard Medley Relay Championship race on Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center inThornton.

Team-by-team outlook
Class 5A
Boulder Panthers
Coach: Lyndsie Gibson
The Scorecard: “I believe this season is about so much more than times on the stopwatch,” Gibson said, and surely she’s not the only coach that feels that way in this unusual season. That said, the Panthers do have some returning talent to get excited about, including 2020 state participants Bena Koehn, Ella Riccio, Ashley Harvey, Jordan Pederson, Lily Koehn and Margaret Stapleton. Riccio in particular netted points for BHS at state with an 11th-place finish in the 50 free. Gibson said there is special emphasis on making this season great for the participating seniors.

Fairview Knights
Coach: Franny Bentley and Stacey Tobey
The Scorecard: Looking for a three-peat as team champions at the Class 5A level, Fairview will be loaded with 19 returners who made state cuts — many of them also who contributed points toward a second straight 5A title. While Fossil Ridge has many returning individual state champions, FHS hopes to load up on top 10 swims from the likes of seniors Meghan Andrews (distance), Annika Bachman (back/free), Kirsten Lee (free/back), Sammy Mosier (free/fly), Jenna Reznicek (fly/back), Helen Sun (free/fly) and Reilly Jones (diving). Freshmen Olivia Shaw and Morgan Cady could be huge additions, but the Knights really are stacked through all four classes. Added Bentley “These senior leaders have been weathering the ups and downs of the ever changing rules and schedule of this year with grace and leadership.”

Legacy Lightning
Coach: Leigh Dodd
The Scorecard: Legacy is going to be a force in 5A again after placing seventh last year, which was a program best finish and utilized a number of younger swimmers to accomplish that feat. The Lightning boast seven returning state qualifiers, with Indigo Armon, Sydney Bales, Abby Zadorozny and Sabrina Rachjaibun the big guns. Makenna Lindeman, Abbie Kehmeier and Emma Kulbida all got a taste of the big meet and want more, while Dodd also hopes a couple of young team additions also buy into the goal of establishing Legacy long-term.

Monarch Coyotes
Coach: Molly Brown
The Scorecard: Brown takes the helm at MoHi as the team moves up to 5A for swim competition, and the Coyotes have some nice elements to their squad led by senior diver Angeline Settle and nine other returning state qualifiers from an eighth place 4A team finish in 2020. Settle is a two-time all-region team selection and last year scored a fifth place finish in 4A. Celia Webster and Mia Prater scored several points in the pool and will lead a strong group of relays. “While things may be different, the team spirit is alive and well,” Brown said.

Class 4A
Broomfield Eagles
Coach: Emily Austin
The Scorecard: Broomfield led a nice run for local teams by finishing sixth in 4A last year (right ahead of Silver Creek, Niwot and Monarch), and Austin has a strong group through all four school classes that could keep the Eagles in the mix for a top-5 state finish. Seniors Mairead Powers, Jordan Johnson and Nikki Gorman lead, and it appears distance free events could be stacked with Powers, Kaylee Austin and Bridget Moran all vying for state bids. Also on the list of state returners is Elli Effland, Maelynn Higgins and Mia Leget. Austin said the group is split into two for practices, and that distancing is disappointing; however, the Eagles are going to “treat all of our meets like they’re big!”

Centaurus Warriors
Coach: Cort Sharp
The Scorecard: The Warriors had a few just-misses as far as some swimmers making 4A state finals swims last year, and there’s no doubt Emma Sundberg and a couple others will be working hard to nip just a few more hundredths of a second off times to make top-20. Senior Lara Franco’s versatility is a boon for this team, and CHS also has Isabella Brackhage, Madison Lin and Haley Maddocks leading as eager seniors. Zoey Keenan also was a state qualifier, and Sharp is hoping for a few new faces to emerge in all strokes as they compete in the Northern League.

Erie Tigers
Coach: Doug Simkins
The Scorecard: Erie jumps up to 4A for state this year, and Simkins said he’s looking forward to this group of Tigers establishing themselves with depth in anticipation of the Northern Colorado Athletic Conference league meet in March. Erie’s state hopes begin with sophomore Anna Lillie, who placed in two events, while there’s potential for Kambrie Payne, April Fabre, Ava King, Anna Dunn, and Emma Fling to shave times and return to that elite competition after making state last year.

Longmont Trojans
Coach: Carly Daelli
The Scorecard: It’s been tough for Longmont athletes to log time in pools, and Daelli firmly believes that will play a part in overall added excitement to having competitions for a few hearty weeks. The Trojans are a bit smaller in numbers, but seniors Emma Svendsen, Kaitlyn Yee, Sydney Fuller and Kaitlyn Saunders give the team a nice base of strong swimmers in the Northern League. Add junior Grace Geyer to that list as a potential breakout, along with freshmen Jordan Bindseil and Katelyn Williams.

Niwot Cougars
Coach: Kyle Bachrodt
The Scorecard: It’s a nice start for the Cougars that a two-time state champion is back in the mix, and Notre Dame commit Mary Codevilla continues to shine bright in the spotlight as only a junior. Meanwhile, the Cougars have some great senior experience with Emiley Yie, Sofia Gaspar and Lucca Fulkerson, and also some younger talent in returning state qualifiers Stephanie Mow, Lexy Bullen and Rowan Bullen. Freshman Mia Prok joins Fulkerson as a member of the NHS state-title cross country team who also enjoys laps in the pool, while overall the Cougars boast a number of track athletes wanting to explore their versatility.

Silver Creek Raptors
Coach: Debbie Stewart
The Scorecard: The Raptors seem to be taking the approach of gratitude for there being a season at all, but there certainly won’t be any time wasted as SC hopes to continue a nice run within the Northern League. Emma Hermeston and Kylie Dirks lead a group of 10 upperclassmen returning from last year’s state team, and the addition of Rachel Stevens from a year off also adds to the depth, particularly in distance freestyle. Divers Micaela Kimmett and Autumn Lull made the final rounds to score points, and the three relays should continue to play a factor.

Skyline Falcons
Coach: Michelle Scott
The Scorecard: The SHS team has talent in the pool and in the classroom, and Scott pointed that out as one of the highlights of coaching the girls. While competing this year with no returning state qualifiers, Skyline will look toward building a solid base leading up to league championships behind sprint swimmers Cammy Hauck and Sophie Kruse; mid-distance stroke specialists like Raelynne Baucom (IM), Shuchi Shah (breaststroke), Emma Solc (back) and Julianna Urbina (back); and distance girls Kiya Augustad and Jaicey Stanich.

Class 3A
Frederick Warriors
Coach: Denyse Hudson
The Scorecard: In reality, the shortened 2021 season might be a perfect opportunity for a new program like Frederick to get going, and Hudson said she’s been impressed with the general excitement of the challenge. “This being our inaugural year, I am excited to see the ladies compete, accomplish goals, finish strong and develop a new level of confidence in what they are capable of during the season,” Hudson said. Look for Jessica Wilkinson (a Mead student) and FHS’ own Sarah Allred as experienced swimmers targeting state.

Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Mary Whitney
The Scorecard: Holy Family enters Year 2 of existence with that much more experience, as some freshmen sparkled last year and made the Tigers a top-14 3A team right out of the gates. The relays will continue to be deep, and Abigail Philipsen will be looking for a top-5 finish in the IM after placing sixth in her state debut. The distance free events carry girls like Kaitlyn Genzer, Summer Norwell and Josephine Romano, while Jadyn Abeyta and Olivia Zuhoski will lead the sprints. MaryKate Cavanaugh, a diver, scored more than 477 points in her debut this week, putting her right in the spotlight as a 3A state title contender. “We are a super young energetic team with endless potential,” Whitney said.

Bringing it home: 2020 state champions
200 medley relay — Fossil Ridge, 1:41.50 (5A); Rampart, 1:44.04 (4A); Evergreen, 1:51.28 (3A).
200 freestyle — Kathryn Shanley, Chatfield, 1:49.41 (5A)*; Mary Codevilla, Niwot, 1:49.31 (4A)*; Sydney Silver, St. Mary’s Academy, 1:52.06 (3A).
200 individual medley — Lucy Bell, Fossil Ridge, 1:58.56 (5A)*; Caroline Bricker, Cheyenne Mountain, 2:02.03 (4A); Jolie Kim, Kent Denver, 2:09.19 (3A)*.
50 freestyle — Anna Shaw, Heritage, 22.99 (5A)*; Lindsey Immel, Rampart, 23.53 (4A); Caitlin Cairns, St. Mary’s, 23.09 (3A).
Diving — Isabel Gregersen, Ralston Valley, 497.45 (5A)*; Maggie Buckley, Rampart, 529.65 (4A)*; Rachel Alexander, Discovery Canyon, 463.85 (3A).
100 butterfly — Renee Gillilan, Fossil Ridge, 53.47 (5A)*; Laelle Brovold, Rampart, 56.66 (4A); Caitlin Cairns, St. Mary’s 55.27 (3A).
100 freestyle — Lucy Bell, Fossil Ridge, 49.81 (5A)*; Lindsey Immel, Rampart, 50.32 (4A)*; Elise Mishmash, Salida, 52.97 (3A).
500 freestyle — Kathryn Shanley, Chatfield, 4:54.07 (5A)*; Mary Codevilla, Niwot, 4:57.37 (4A)*; Jolie Kim, Kent Denver, 5:08.16 (3A)*.
200 freestyle relay — Chatfield, 1:34.12 (5A); Mullen, 1:36.11 (4A); Salida, 1:41.17 (3A).
100 backstroke — Renee Gillilan, Fossil Ridge, 54.77 (5A)*; Katey Lewicki, Monarch, 54.28 (4A); Sydney Silver, St. Mary’s Academy, 54.55 (3A).
100 breaststroke — Sophia Bradac, Regis Jesuit, 1:02.22 (5A); Caroline Bricker, Cheyenne Mountain, 1:02.13 (4A); Jillian Carlson, Delta, 1:07.09 (3A)*.
400 freestyle relay — Fossil Ridge, 3:25.55 (5A); Dakota Ridge, 3:32.55 (4A); Evergreen, 3:39.77 (3A).
* — Eligible to be returning in 2021.

Point me to the postseason
The 2021 state meets will look completely different than in past years as it is drastically cut back in size to avoid mass gatherings. Each classification’s state meet will be conducted in a single day with no preliminaries, and the top 20 times from the regular season are eligible in each event. The meets will be conducted as timed finals. Class 5A’s meet will take place March 11, Class 4A March 12 and Class 3A March 13, with locations still to be determined.

Cream of the crop: 2020 All-region team
First Team (Name, 2019-20 class, school)
Fairview 200 medley relay team (Jenna Reznicek, Julianne Jones, Edie Simecek, Morgan Lukinac); Mary Codevilla, Niwot, So. (200 free); Julianne Jones, Fairview, So. (200 IM); Payten Irwin, Erie, Sr., (50 free); Angeline Settle, Monarch, Jr. (Diving); Jenna Reznicek, Fairview, Jr./Edie Simecek, Fairview, Fr. (100 fly); Madison Black, Silver Creek, Sr. (100 free); Sabrina Rachjaibun, Legacy, So. (500 free); Fairview 200 free relay team (Samantha Mosier, Lukinac, Helen Sun, Karolina Bank); Katey Lewicki, Monarch, Sr. (100 back); Isabel Rich, Fairview, Sr. (100 breast); Fairview 400 free relay team (Mosier, Reznicek, Ella Ziegert, Bank).

Honorable mention
Indigo Armon, Legacy, So.; Kaylee Austin, Broomfield, So.; Sydney Bales, Legacy, So.; Lexy Bullen, Niwot, Fr.; Robin Cruz-Abrams, Fairview, Sr.; Emilia Culberson, Boulder, Sr.; Kylie Dirks, Silver Creek, Jr.; Jordan Dolan, Broomfield, Sr.; Ellianne Effland, Broomfield, Fr.; Sarah Forsythe, Erie, Jr.; Lara Franco, Centaurus, Jr.; Sofia Gaspar, Niwot, Jr.; Grace Geyer, Longmont, So.; Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, Jr.; Maelynn Higgins, Broomfield, Fr.; Abbie Kehmeier, Legacy; Michaela Kimmett, Silver Creek, Jr.; Morgan Kram, Skyline, Sr.; Emma Kulbida, Legacy, Jr.; Kirsten Lee, Fairview, Jr.; Karla Lessing, Fairview, Jr.; Anna Lillie, Erie, Fr.; Makenna Lindeman, Legacy, So.; Autumn Lull, Silver Creek, Jr.; Heather Maclachlan, Fairview, Sr.; Elena Moore, Silver Creek, Sr.; Stephanie Mow, Niwot, Fr.; Kaelan Norgard, Monarch, So.; Abigail Philipsen, Holy Family, Fr.; Mairead Powers, Broomfield, Jr.; Mia Prater, Monarch, Fr.; Ella Riccio, Boulder, Jr.; Nyah Sanchez, Erie, Sr.; Helen Sun, Fairview, Jr.; Emma Svendsen, Longmont, Jr.; Julia Tennapel, Monarch, Fr.;
Rebecca Thompson, Broomfield, Sr.; Celia Webster, Monarch, So.; Emiley Yie, Niwot, Jr.; Abigail Zadorozny, Legacy; Ella Ziegert, Fairview, Fr.; Olivia Zuhoski, Holy Family, Fr.