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Boys swimming: Legacy’s Kyle Raskay bolts to BoCoPreps swimmer of the year honors

Senior finished with gold and three silvers at the 5A state meet

THORNTON — Legacy's Kyle Raskay competes ...
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THORNTON — Legacy’s Kyle Raskay competes in the 100 butterfly Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Just a few weeks after putting the final stamp on his high school swimming career, senior Kyle Raskay was headed to Florida for some more chlorinated comfort.

For Legacy High School’s Aquaman, it won’t be a leisure summer vacation, although he probably earned himself one with his standout state performance in May. A trip to the Sunshine State just means another chance to compete — this time on the national stage — and he’s enjoying every minute of it.

“It’s a meet of all types of people from different states,” he said, as he’ll swim for the local club team Elevation Athletics in front of a college career at Grand Valley State in Michigan “And I think we’re like the only team from Colorado there. So, yeah, should be fun.”

In the spring Class 5A finale at Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center last month, the swimmer of the year, with a smile that rarely faded, helped the Lightning to their best team finish in history and their first relay championship.

Legacy finished third at the meet behind six all-state swimmers. Raskay paved the way out front with the gold in the 200-yard freestyle relay and three runner-up medals in each the 50 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay.

“Kyle has been an outstanding competitor and teammate for the past two years, and this year has really been allowed to shine in his best events,” Legacy coach Leigh Dodd said. “As a teammate, he is a quiet leader, but always quick to smile and joke with anyone and nothing rattles him from his focus.”

Raskay’s leap up the state standings was helped with his own realization during a high school career that went through a canceled 2020 season (due to COVID) and a shortened 2021 (also due to COVID).

Once he believed he was better suited at distance events, his focus slowly changed to sprints. He said while scanning state times and rankings he’d noticed his marks in the sprint events were supreme to his distance swims.

Legacy senior Kyle Raskay
Legacy senior Kyle Raskay

“This year I definitely emerged as a sprinter,” he said. “I fell in love with sprinting events a little bit more. I’ve also increased my training to revolve around sprinting more.”

And because of it, he followed a junior season in which he finished seventh in the 200 IM and 12th in the fly with better times across the board.

For the season, he posted the third-fastest time in the fly at 49.38 seconds, fourth-quickest in the 50 free (20.60) and 12th-best in the 100 free (46.55).

The relays he was involved in, meanwhile, all finished with top-three times in the state. The 200 free stood first at season’s end with a time of 1 minute and 23.02 seconds. The 200 medley was second (1:31.02) and the 400 free, third (3:06.11).

“The relays are definitely the best parts of the season for me,” Raskay said. “It’s awesome. Before every race, everyone is just fired up and ready to give their all.”

Raskay’s BoCoPreps honor comes after Silver Creek’s Pierce Bigelow won it last season. Before that, Broomfield’s Harrison Lierz won it in 2018 and ’19, and Fairview’s Michael Zarian won it in ’16 and ’17.