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Girls swimming: Broomfield beats Rocky Mountain at rare in-person dual

Broomfield's Elliane Effland swims the breaststroke ...
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Broomfield’s Elliane Effland swims the breaststroke during a dual against Rocky Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at the Broomfield Community Center.
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BROOMFIELD — The home stretch of Season B has arrived more quickly than most could have imagined, and that’s created some interesting challenges for high school swimmers.

While it seems as though the season is just getting started, many state hopefuls and newcomers alike are already beginning to taper in preparation for postseason events. Count the Broomfield girls swimmers among them, but the Eagles still put forth quite an impressive performance on Thursday despite their current resting phase.

Hosting Rocky Mountain at the Broomfield Community Center, the Eagles won a rare in-person dual, 168.5-117.5 over a solid Lobos team.

“I felt like it went pretty good,” Eagles senior Mairead Powers said. “I think we’re all a little tired and we’re on a taper and everything because it’s almost the end of our season. We’re all excited for conference and state, and I know everyone is going to do super good at those meets if we just rest a little bit now. So, I think everyone did pretty good for what they had in them today.”

Powers, who has swam times in several events that put her among the top 10 in Class 4A, won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 2.63 seconds on Thursday. She also took first in the 100 backstroke (1:02.41) and helped the Eagles win both the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.22 and the 200 medley relay in 1:55.19.

In total, the Eagles won nine of 11 events.

Broomfield's Kalani Gilman swims the breaststroke ...
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Broomfield’s Kalani Gilman swims the freestyle during a dual against Rocky Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at the Broomfield Community Center.

Maelynn Higgins’ time of 25.47 seconds was best in the 50 freestyle and she also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.78. Kaylee Austin won the 500 freestyle in 5:33.03. Ellianne Effland took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.55 and the Broomfield 400-yard freestyle relay team — Austin, Jordan Johnson, Effland and Higgins — took first with a time of 3:55.35.

“I was impressed with how it went,” Broomfield head coach Emily Austin said. “We had a lot of best times of the season from all the girls. Across the board, it was a great meet with some good competition. They had some fast girls. I wasn’t really anticipating the score when I looked at their roster and their girls. It’s great getting to swim against another team, which is something we don’t all get to do very much this season and it showed in the results.”

Rocky Mountain’s Quinlan Hinerfeld won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.90. She also won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.07.