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Girls swimming: Locals shine at REX Coaches Invite

Codevilla named ‘athlete of meet’ Saturday

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THORNTON — Niwot senior Mary Codevilla swam the anchor leg of her team’s 400-yard freestyle relay and admitted afterward she was exhausted.

The Cougars finished eighth in the ‘A’ final of that race and Codevilla won a pair of individual titles at the REX Coaches Invite on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center to cap an intense couple of weekends for her.

On her way to being named the athlete of the meet on Saturday, the five-time state champion led the Cougars to second place in the 4A team standings and eighth overall, all after competing — with several other area swimmers — at the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals in Austin last weekend.

“Today I was just trying to go in and have some fun because I had junior nationals last week,” Codevilla said. “I am exhausted. Niwot’s goal at this meet was to get as close to first place as possible with Heritage being a powerhouse school. With that comes me swimming strongly in my individual events. That is what I was focused on today.”

Codevilla was first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 2.56 seconds and in the 100 freestyle in 50.71 seconds. The Cougars finished the meet with 155 points, second among 4A schools to Heritage’s 269.

Niwot was third in the 200 free relay (1:37.98) and eighth in the 400 free relay (3:42.82).

Several Fairview swimmers also competed at junior nationals last weekend, including freshman Amelia Mason, who was the Knights’ lone individual winner, taking the 100 butterfly in 55.07.

Fairview finished second in the 5A and overall team standings with 344 points to Cherry Creek’s 398.5.

“The team was a team,” Fairview co-coach Francoise Bentley said. “They came out to race after a big few weeks. They came kind of a little mentally fatigued, but also enthusiastic to be together. They really came together, bonded as a team, ready to step up and I think that really showed.”

The bulk of Fairview’s points came from a sweep of the relays. The Knights opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:44.17.

Fairview followed that up with wins in the 200 free relay (1:35.97) and the meet-ending 400 free relay (3:25.19). It finished eight seconds ahead of Cherry Creek in that final event.

“The last 400 relay is so much fun because it is just a 100 sprint of everything,” Fairview junior Julia Urbanowsky, who was on all three of the Knights’ relays, said. “It has so much adrenaline with it and it is great to see your teammates push for it and really want to win. Fairview is a great family to where we just have fun with it.”

Fairview had several swimmers in ‘A’ finals throughout the meet. Mason was fifth in the 200 free (1:55.37); senior Julianne Jones was second in the 200 IM (2:06.11); senior Karolina Bank was sixth in the 50 free (24.36) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.48); junior Edith Simecek was second in the 100 butterfly (55.30); senior Morgan Lukinac was second in the 100 free (52.10); Urbanowski was seventh in the 100 free (53.77); and junior Ella Ziegert was seventh in the 100 backstroke (58.58).

“This is huge for us,” Fairview co-coach Stacey Tobey said. “This is a lot of markers for us. We learn a lot of things and it helps our freshmen to understand how we do things, how we race and how we come together.”

Legacy finished fifth in the 5A team standings and sixth overall with 157 points. The Lightning finished fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:46.80) and fourth in the 200 free relay (1:38.96).

Junior Sabrina Rachjaibun was third in the 200 IM (2:07.73), senior Indigo Armon was second in the 50 free (23.93) and junior Abbie Kehmeier was second in the 100 back (57.46).

Other ‘A’ final finishers included Longmont sophomore Jordan Bindseil, seventh in the 50 free (24.39) and 10th in the 100 free (54.52), and Monarch senior Celia Webster, fifth in the 100 fly (57.41) and eighth in the 100 back (58.63).

 

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