THORNTON — The desire for state gold never wavered for Legacy’s pool aficionado, Kyle Raskay.
The senior bobbed above water and twisted toward the big board at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center after his first three state races, scanning it for his time. Time, which he was now running out of.
But with one more chance coming on the backend of a high school career that ran through the pandemic and cut a season of competition, the feat swimmers often can’t verbalize (as if they were still somewhere underwater) finally belonged to him. His 200-yard freestyle relay touched gold Saturday at the Class 5A state championship meet in Thornton.
“It’s very special,” Raskay said following the winning mark of 1 minute, 23.42 seconds. “It all led up to this moment.”
In victory, Raskay swam brilliantly on his opening leg. He then rather mutedly watched from the deck as the race went through Aidan Shepston to Sam White to Tegan Barrier, who despite dealing with a cramp in his foot, per Raskay, touched first.
The elusive title followed Raskay’s runner-up swims in the 50 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 medley relay. It was the BoCoPreps area’s first boys swim title since 2019 when Lukas Miller won two for Legacy and Max Kreidl won another for Boulder.
It was the first relay title in its program history, per coach Leigh Dodd.
“It’s been a long time” waiting, Raskay said. “Ever since I was a freshman seeing all those guys up on the podium. It’s an awesome moment with the guys and the huge stands and everyone cheering.”
The overall meet served as another rung upward for Legacy, which followed up its program-best fourth place finish at the girls’ state meet with the boys’ best mark of third.
White and Barrier added individual medals in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle, and the 400 free relay finished the meet with a bronze.
Regis Jesuit won with 467 points, followed by Cherry Creek with 403. The Lightning, who had six medalists and 10 top-10 times, finished with 295.50.
“Our hardest workers are the guys in lane one and lane two,” Dodd said. “They’re the ones who show up every day and really put in the effort. They help push the guys who are in the next lane up and let our top-end guys know they’re not the only ones who have to carry this team.”
Elsewhere, Monarch finished inside the top 10 for the first time since 2013, taking eighth.
Led by a pair of freshmen, the Coyotes collected four top-eight finishes. Gavin Keogh was sixth in the 100 backstroke and Ethan DiFronzo seventh in the 50 freestyle. DiFronzo was also a part of the 200 freestyle relay that placed fifth and both freshmen were on the 400 free relay that took seventh.
Fairview took 13th, led by sophomore Layton Sealman. Embracing the end of his night with a pair of pink-tinted sunglasses, he talked about overcoming a mental barrier to nab two top-four finishes, taking third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
“Right before the (100 freestyle), I was telling people I was feeling really awful and I was about to swim really slow,” he said with a smile. “But the last 25 yards I saw (Heritage’s) Garrett Gurley next to me in lane eight, and I saw him in front of me and said, ‘I can’t let him beat me.’ So, I stepped on the gas and somehow ended up going third.”
Boulder finished 24th on the back of Teagan Mayer, who was 10th in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke.
Below is a full list of area times.
200 medley relay
Cherry Creek, first, 1:30.77; Legacy, second, 1:31.02; Fairview, 10th, 1:35.93; Monarch, 12th, 1:36.73; Boulder, 20th, 1:42.80.
Jack Ballard, Fort Collins, first, 1:39.99; Patrick Vo, Monarch, 16th, 1:45.89.
Chase Mueller, Columbine, first, 1:48.88; Sam White, Legacy, third, 1:51.40; Teagan Mayer, Boulder, 10th, 1:57.20; Max Kulbida, Legacy, 20th, 1:58.40.
Tristen Davin, Chatfield, first, 20.57; Kyle Raskay, Legacy, second, 20.60; Tegan Barrier, Legacy, third, 20.86; Ethan DiFronzo, Monarch, seventh, 21.36; Jack Tran, Legacy, 12th, 21.51; Aidan Shepston, Legacy, 14th, 21.60; Dylan Covington, Monarch, 16th, 21.67; Luke Corson, Monarch, 17th, 21.70.
Conrad Eck, Cherry Creek, first, 596.00; Matthew Martino, Monarch, 18th, 356.90.
Carter Ruthven, Fossil Ridge, first, 48.82; Raskay, Legacy, second, 49.38; Covington, Monarch, 13th, 51.94; Shepston, Legacy, 15th, 52.00.
Davin, Chatfield, first, 44.94; Layton Sealman, Fairview, third, 46.11; White, Legacy, fifth, 46.40; Barrier, Legacy, sixth, 46.45; Vo, Monarch, 18th, 48.40; DiFronzo, Monarch, 20th, 51.31.
Ballard, Fort Collins, first, 4:37.91; James Kershaw, Fairview, 12th, 4:47.55; Joseph Lev-Tov, Fairview, 17th, 4:55.97.
200 freestyle relay
Legacy, first, 1:23.42; Monarch, fifth, 1:25.50; Fairview, 14th, 1:28.91.
Mueller, Columbine, first, 47.38; Gavin Keogh, Monarch, sixth, 51.55; Tran, Legacy, ninth, 52.03; Mayer, Boulder, 10th, 52.33.
Mitchell Oliver, Heritage, first, 55.76; Sealman, Fairview, fourth, 56.73; Kulbida, Legacy, 12th, 58.17; Daisuke Nakashima, Legacy, 18th, 59.51; Corson, Monarch, 19th, 59.86.
400 freestyle relay
Regis Jesuit, first, 3:04.11; Legacy, third, 3:07.99; Monarch, seventh, 3:11.09; Fairview, 15th, 3:15.98.
Regis Jesuit, first, 467; Legacy, third, 295.50; Monarch, eighth, 150; Fairview, 13th, 106; Boulder, 24th, 28.