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Layton Sealman admitted he was tired from the tough workouts that his Fairview boys swim and dive coaches have been throwing at the team lately, but the Knights didn’t seem to let that exhaustion affect them too terribly.

On Saturday, in the Boulder County Invite at the Broomfield Community Center, the Knights swam and dove their way to victory with a first-place team finish among the seven teams in attendance. They scored 694 points as Monarch and Legacy trailed with second- and third-place team marks of 623 points and 612 points, respectively.

Sealman himself won the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 1.21 seconds), finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:04.24), and helped his team to third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.50) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:41.79).

The Knights also collected wins in the 1-meter, 11-dive format (Cal Hammond, 379.30) and the 100 fly (Drew Lebsack, 53.64).

“We’ve been hitting it really hard this week, especially after spring break because we had that week off, so we’re preparing for leagues and state,” Sealman said. “Just to see how the other teams are swimming, it gives us the opportunity to show ourselves off and get ourselves ready for the upcoming meets.”

Sealman believes that, as the season continues to wear on and their training progresses, he and his boys will start to drop times significantly through the next few meets. The BoCo meet was a good starting point, and not just for the Knights.

Because the meet lands at about the midseason point, the coaches can get a good sense of where their athletes lie and what they can expect from them in the six weeks that remain. The Legacy boys certainly liked what they saw.

The Lightning enjoyed a number of first-place individual finishes in the meet, namely in the 200 medley relay (1:37.55), the 100 IM (Sam White, 53.94), the 200 IM (Kyle Raskay, 1:59.21), the 25 free (Tegan Barrier, 9.87 seconds), the 50 free (Thomas Nguyen 22.35), the 500 free (White, 4:51.79), the 200 free relay (1:30.17), the 50 back (Jack Tran, 24.94), the 100 back (Raskay, 54.27), the 50 breast (Barrier, 28.35) and the 400 free relay (3:11.31).

Some of the events were meet-specific to add to the competition.

“We’re starting to see some of the guys that came in,” Legacy coach Leigh Dodd said. “Our mid-level guys are really starting to show some good steps. Our lower and our newer guys are really starting to see bigger time drops from where they first started at. The top-end guys are starting to coalesce how we’re going to scheme our league and our state lineup to get the team the best finish it possibly can.”

While Monarch didn’t quite nab the amount of first-place marks that the Lightning did, the Coyotes believe their greatest strength lies in their numbers. Still, guys like Patrick Vo (200 free, 1:46.51), Gavin Keogh (50 fly, 25.83) and Luke Corson (100 free, 50.21) were able to put up some gold-standard performances.

“We have quite a large team, around high 30s, low 40s. We also have a lot of fast swimmers, so a couple of our seniors like Luke Corson, Dylan Covington and a couple of others, and then also our very fast freshmen like Gavin Keogh,” Vo said. “I think that really helps bring the whole team up. It’s really exciting to see their times and their speed when they’re so young.”

All in all, Broomfield coach Emily Austin was thrilled with the level of talent that the meet hosted, even though its format didn’t leave a whole lot of rest in between events for the boys. Her Eagles placed fifth in the team competition with 396 points as Lucas Becker shined with two second-place finishes in the 100 breast (1:04.09) and in the 100 free (51.92).

He’s hoping that he can continue to taper his times toward a top-10 state meet finish in those two events.

“Especially since it’s the Boulder Invite, we’re facing a lot of teams that we know and a lot of other swimmers that we know,” Becker said. “It’s a really competitive meet, so it felt really good.”