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BoCo Beats: Fairview-Legacy-Niwot a good combo at swim nationals

From left to right, Karolina Bank, Indigo Armon, Mary Codevilla and Morgan Lukinac pose together with medals won during the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas, last week. (Photo courtesy Holden Bank)
From left to right, Karolina Bank, Indigo Armon, Mary Codevilla and Morgan Lukinac pose together with medals won during the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas, last week. (Photo courtesy Holden Bank)

There was a noticeable absence across local pool lanes early into this winter season as many of the state’s top swimmers were off at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships West last week in Austin, Texas.

Instead of logging top times around town, an agglomeration of Fairview, Niwot and Legacy was busy making waves in the Lone Star State.

Representing club team Elevation Athletics based out of Louisville, Morgan Lukinac (Fairview), Indigo Armon (Legacy), Karolina Bank (Fairview) and Mary Codevilla (Niwot) made up the relay that took bronze in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyles. Their latest feat followed the national 17-18 age record they set in the 400 freestyle (3:47.82) at the West Summer Championships in California back in August.

“It’s super fun swimming on a relay with those girls,” Codevilla said. “We train side by side every day, so having that all pay off at the meet was really cool to see.”

In Texas, the five-time state winner and future Notre Dame swimmer took fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.82) and finished inside the top 15 in the 200 IM (1:59.62), 200 breaststroke (2:14.92) and the 200 freestyle (1:48.35).

Her Fairview teammates, Lukinac, who is committed to Brown, was 13th in the 50 freestyle (22.98) and Bank (Missouri) finished inside the top 25 in the 200 free (1:49.59) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.38). The Elevation Athletics relay also took seventh in the 200 medley (1:42.38) and 16th in the 400 medley (3:45.19).

“Junior Nationals is such a unique experience,” Codevilla said, “and it’s an honor to race the best in the nation.”

Elsewhere, the area’s other state title winner from last season — Sydney Bales of Legacy — finished eighth in her state championship event, the 100 backstroke (54.88).

Bales was joined by Front Range Barracudas teammates Abbie Kehmeier (Legacy), Sabrina Rachjaibun (Legacy) and Marissa Inouye (Mountain Range) in the 200 medley relay, which took 20th (1:44.27). The Flatirons Athletic team of Jamieson Legh (Niwot), Julianne Jones (Fairview), Edie Simecek (Fairview) and Amelia Mason (Fairview) finished just ahead, crossing in 11th (1:43.19).

Other top local finishes include Rachjaibun taking 13th in the 400 IM (4:18.65), Jones going 15th (4:23.46). Simecek was 16th in the 100 fly (54.36) and Kehmeier was 20th in the 100 back (54.89). Zara Zallen, who is a junior at Boulder per, finished sixth in the 100 free (49.58).

Emma Weber, who helped Fairview to a state title in 2019 before transferring to Regis Jesuit, won the 100 breast (59.03) and 200 breast (2:09.04). She was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay that finished in 1:39.41.

He is ‘Ze-man’

The Harlon Hill Trophy, the Heisman for Division II players, fell just out of reach for Holy Family grad Michael Zeman Friday.

The running back finished fourth in the MVP race after he helped lead the Colorado School of Mines further into the postseason than ever before, reaching the DII semifinals. The redshirt senior finished with 1,921 total yards and 26 TDs.

Shepherd (West Virginia) quarterback Tyson Bagent won the award after throwing 53 TDs in 2021.

Mr. 200

Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn became a member of the 200-win club last weekend.

The Eagles opened their season on a four-game winning streak with the 14th-year coach’s milestone coming on the road against Arapahoe Dec. 11.

The program came into the weekend seven wins shy of 900, Dunn said.

Most Valuable Teacher

Monarch’s Jennifer Dixon was named MVT (Most Valuable Teacher) by the Denver Broncos and Delta Dental of Colorado.

The school’s volleyball coach and physical education teacher was one of 10 Colorado honorees for the fall. The award is given to teachers who display “outstanding service to their schools and communities,” per the Broncos site.

Buzzer beaten

4A No. 6 Centaurus moved to 9-0 Thursday, beating Broomfield 45-44 on a last-seconds 3 from Levi Rubin.

The Warriors were just 4-5 last season.

Pool Intentions

The new aquatics facility for the St. Vrain Valley School District went for a test drive this past week.

The eight-lane pool attached to Silver Creek will officially open for practice this upcoming week.

The pick is in

No sighting of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at this draft. Perhaps just a step in that direction for Centaurus freshman AJ Ulrich, who was drafted into the Western Hockey League earlier this month.

The WHL is considered among the top developmental leagues for junior hockey players and Ulrich was taken in the second round of its U.S. Priority Draft by the Prince Albert Raiders.

“We think AJ is a real climber,” Raiders GM Curtis Hunt told the Prince Albert Daily Herald. “He is a tremendous skater with great acceleration and possesses tremendous puck skills.”

Opening this season, the WHL reported that 133 of its former players were on NHL rosters.

On the way up

Even at 2-6, the girls basketball program at Skyline has already made huge leaps from last year’s winless campaign.

The Falcons’ victory over Peak to Peak Dec. 7 snapped a losing streak that stretched all the way back to February of 2020.

On its current three-game losing streak, the team has been without starting guard Ava Chrisman due to injury. First-year coach Jason Maguire said she is expected back after the break.

And … on the way down

Before sports go on hiatus during the holiday break, the local wrestling community got a little pre-Christmas suspense.

Unlike the artificial tree from the basement, Mead was pure in form as it downed 4A No. 1 Pueblo County Thursday.

The Mavs got five pins in the 39-30 victory. Delivering them were Kannon Garcia (145-pound class), Leister Bowling (152), Matthew Hedge (182), Isaac Ranweiler (195) and Tommy Tatham (285).