Tim Hurst/Staff Photographer
Tim Hurst/Staff Photographer
THORNTON — Mary Codevilla was chasing the same success she had a season ago at the state meet, coming in as the favorite in the 200 and 500 freestyle, ultimately expected to spear through the pool and come through with gold in each.
And, as thought, it was her time, her stage, as the transcendent high school talent charged to victory at the 4A championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center Friday night and added to a legacy that is far from complete.
“It was a little bit nerve-racking because I knew my team needed the points,” said Codevilla, who led the Cougars to third as a team. “But I knew my team was going to have my back, my club teammates too, since they were here, so that made it easier to swim today.”
The Niwot junior’s latest shining moment came in advance of a forecasted snowstorm that looked bad enough days ago to bury Saturday’s athletics schedule in the Front Range, but only after she played the part of the area’s headline swimmer for a third straight year.
Even in wins where she was the top seed, Codevilla managed to marvel. Sticking on career title No. 4, then on top of that, No. 5, she bested both her sophomore state times and broke the 4A state record in the 500-yard freestyle.
With the meet spread out over 12 hours due to capacity regulations involving the pandemic, the Notre Dame commit took the 200 freestyle in a time of 1 minute and 47.63 seconds around 1 p.m. Four hours later, she added a 4:51.98 in the 500 free, peeling nearly three seconds off the previous best from 4A. Then in her relays, she nearly caught Mullen as the anchor swimmer in a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.05), and just before 8 p.m., she came just short of catching Heritage in the 400 freestyle relay, which also placed second (3:28.62).
All four were All-American times and possible school records, per Niwot coach Kyle Bachrodt said. Codevilla just wishes she could’ve helped grab one win for her team.
“We had a senior Emiley Yie on that (400 free relay) and just wanted to win for her,” she said while a bit emotional. “Didn’t end up doing it, but it was still a school record for us, an All-American time, but wish we could have gotten on top of the podium for her.”
On the strength of Codevilla and others, the Cougars finished third behind Mullen and winner Heritage. The Littleton school got a big day out of Anna Shaw, the Stanford commit who took two state records away from former Olympian Missy Franklin in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
The Cougars impressed, too. They had previously won silver in 2019 before falling down to ninth last season despite Codevilla’s two titles. This year’s bronze took a lot of standout swims. Jamieson Legh was second in the 100 butterfly (55.75) and third in the 100 backstroke (57.39). Grace Shaw was fourth in 500 freestyle (5:09.97) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.95). Yie was fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:54.80) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.52).
Niwot had 11 times inside the top 10.
“We are a very young team, so what we’re really going to take away from today is the experience we gained,” Bachrodt said. “It really shows well for the future and this is our starting off point.”
Broomfield secured sixth place at the meet for a second straight season. Other area teams included Silver Creek in eighth, Longmont 13th, Centaurus 14th and Erie 31st.
The Eagles sandwiched two fourth-place finishes to open the morning and conclude the night, going 1:50.31 in the 200 medley relay and 3:37.03 in the 400 freestyle relay. Mairead Powers finished fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:10.67) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:09.38), while Elli Effland was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.23) and Kaylee Austin was seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:15.92).
Broomfield had 11 times inside the top 15.
“Honestly, they just amazed me,” Broomfield coach Emily Austin said of her team. “They’re working with less practice time than they’re used to. They’re working with not being able to hang out with their buddies as much. There is, as you know, so much going against them. … They just did a phenomenal job. They supported each other through everything and it was amazing.”
Down from them, the Raptors shined in the 100 butterfly with a fourth-place finish from Emma Hermeston (56.88) and a fifth from Kylie Dirks (57.17). Hermeston was also fourth in the backstroke (57.52) and Micaela Kimmett led all area divers in eighth with a score of 379.45.
Silver Creek also got a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:38.33) and a ninth-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:53.04).
“They did it all and brought it today,” Silver Creek coach Debbie Stewart said. “They had some great times. I think every single one of them had a best time in at least one event.”
Longmont got a fifth-place swim from Jordan Bindseil in the 100 freestyle (53.35) and a sixth-place finish from her in the 50 free (24.12). It also saw Emma Svedsen go ninth in the 500 freestyle (5:20.66).
Centaurus was led by Grace Keogh, who was eighth in the 50 freestyle (24.58) and seventh in the butterfly (57.82).
Erie’s lone individual was diver Sarah Forsythe, who took 18th.
Full results from area swimmers (according to CHSAA)
200 medley relay
Broomfield, fourth, 1:50.31; Longmont, eighth, 1:52.56; Silver Creek, ninth, 1:53.04; Niwot, 10th, 1:53.48.
Mary Codevilla, Niwot, first, 1:47.63; Emiley Yie, Niwot, fifth, 1:54.80; Grace Shaw, Niwot, eighth, 1:55.95; Kaylee Austin, Broomfield, 12th, 1:58.61; Gabrielle Feneide, Silver Creek, 19th, 2:03.77; Rachel Stevens, Silver Creek, 20th, 2:06.42.
Emiley Yie, Niwot, fourth, 2:06.52; Mairead Powers, Broomfield, eighth, 2:09.38; Elli Effland, Broomfield, 12th, 2:11.19; Mia Prok, Niwot, 13th, 2:11.36; Lara Franco, Centaurus, 16th, 2:15.52; Grace Geyer, Longmont, 19th, 2:18.17; Lexy Bullen, Niwot, 20th, 2:20.21.
Jordan Bindseil, Longmont, sixth, 24.12; Grace Keogh, Centaurus, eighth, 24.58; Maelynn Higgins, Broomfield, 15th, 25.11; Steph Mow, Niwot, 16th, 25.26; Emma Sundberg, Centaurus, 18th, 25.52; Charlotte Heuer, Niwot, 20th, 25.54.
Micaela Kimmett, Silver Creek, eighth, 379.45; Anna Karr, Centaurus, 15th, 348.95; Autumn Lull, Silver Creek, 16th, 345.4; Sarah Forsythe, Erie, 18th, 331.35.
Jamieson Legh, Niwot, second, 55.75; Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, fourth, 56.88; Kylie Dirks, Silver Creek, fifth, 57.17; Grace Keogh, Centaurus, seventh, 57.82.
Jordan Bindseil, Longmont, fifth, 53.35; Maelynn Higgins, Broomfield, 11th, 54.28; Mia Prok, Niwot, 12th, 54.49; Charlotte Heuer, Niwot, 13th, 55.81; Emma Sundberg, Centaurus, 17th, 55.95; Haley Halperin, Silver Creek, 18th, 56.25.
Mary Codevilla, Niwot, first, 4:51.98; Grace Shaw, Niwot, fourth, 5:09.97; Mairead Powers. Broomfield. Fifth, 5:10.67; Kaylee Austin, Broomfield, seventh, 5:15.92; Emma Svendsen, Longmont, ninth, 5:20.66; Anna Heydt, Silver Creek, 16th, 5:27.01; Gabrielle Feneide, Silver Creek, 20th, 5:39.61.
200 freestyle relay
Niwot, second, 1:35.05; Longmont, seventh, 1:41.52; Broomfield, 11th, 1:44.13; Centaurus, 12th, 1:44.16; Silver Creek, 14th, 1:45.47.
Emma Hermeston, Silver Creek, fourth, 57.52; Jamieson Legh, Niwot, third, 57.39; Kylie Dirks, Silver Creek, 15th, 1:00.51; Steph Mow, Niwot, 19th, 1:01.76.
Elli Effland, Broomfield, fourth, 1:06.23; Rowan Lavigne, Niwot, 18th, 1:09.72; Lexy Bullen, Niwot, 19th, 1:09.89; Juliana Strope, Niwot, 20th, 1:10.07.
400 freestyle relay
Niwot, second, 3:28.62; Silver Creek, fifth, 3:38.33; Broomfield, fourth, 3:37.03; Centaurus, 12th, 3:43.69; Longmont, DQ.