Girls swimming: Breaking down where things stand at halfway mark

Fairview's Ella Ziegert swims the butterfly ...
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Fairview’s Ella Ziegert swims the butterfly during the team’s virtual meet against Fossil Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Boulder.

There’s no doubt about it, this has been a weird season for girls swimming.

Teams have been holding duals virtually. The large meets that everyone looks forward to each season aren’t a thing in Season B. Social distancing at indoor swimming pools has created logistical challenges for coaches, who have likely been taking an inordinate amount of ibuprofen to ease the constant headaches caused by all of it.

And while on one level, the season seems like it’s dragging on, it’s officially hit its home stretch.

In-person competition at faster pools is often what drives some of the state’s top times during a normal campaign. But the current dearth of all things normal has not stopped local swimmers and divers from touching the walls of their local pools with impressive speed with three weeks left.

Exhibit A – the Fairview Knights.

Ranked No. 1 in Class 5A as a team by Rob Nasser’s, Fairview currently holds the top times in two of three relays. In the 200 medley relay, the Knights’ time of 1 minutes, 45.47 seconds is tops in Colorado, as is their 3:37.28 in the 400 freestyle relay. Fairview also is second in the 200 freestyle relay with a current best time of 1:38.34.

Individually, six Fairview swimmers are currently runners-up statewide in their respective events. All-American Morgan Lukanic has 5A’s second best time in the 50 freestyle (24.13) and the 100 freestyle (52.55), while Ella Ziegert’s 57.71 is second best in the 100 backstroke. Edith Simecek (56.11) and Jenna Reznicek (56.26) are second and third, respectively, in the 100 butterfly. Karolina Bank (1:04.50) is second in the 100 breaststroke and Julianne Jones (2:06.38) is second in the individual medley.

Legacy’s 400 freestyle relay is second in 5A behind Fairview with a time of 3:38.88 and the team is ranked sixth in the classification. Lightning junior Indigo Armon’s 24.24 is third best in the 50 freestyle and sophomore Sabrina Rachjaibun is third fastest in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.12.

Also in 5A, Boulder’s Ella Riccio is fourth in 5A’s 50 freestyle standings with a time of 24.31.

For Niwot, the second-ranked team in Class 4A, the Cougars are either the fastest or second fastest, or both, in nine of the 12 events. The Cougars’ 3:40.10 in the 400 freestyle relay is currently first in the classification.

Niwot’s Mary Codevilla alone is top three is six events, pacing the state with a 1:53.95 in the 200 freestyle and a 5:08.72 in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Jameison Legh is 4A’s current 100 backstroke leader with a time of 57.83.

Mairead powers is the highest-ranked swimmer for sixth-ranked Broomfield, sitting fifth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:21.48. Ninth-ranked Longmont is currently being paced by freshman Sierra Bindseil, who’s 24.68 in the 50 freestyle is fourth in 4A. Micaela Kimmett’s 439.50 is third in the diving competition to lead 11th-ranked Silver Creek.

In Class 3A, Holy Family is ranked fourth with freshman diver Mary Kate Cavanaugh leading the way in the top spot in her event and a best score of 477.60. The Tigers also have the classification’s best time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.09) and freshman Cate Chapman is top 11 in seven different events.

It should be noted that regular season meet results do not need to be immediately submitted, and that many teams may not have all results represented. However, it’s safe to say that for most of the aforementioned swimmers and divers, a place at this year’s state meets is looking more and more like a reality.