If time is believed to always be moving forward, much like another 50-yard sprint in the competitive swim world, then things are therefore constantly being left in the past.
For Fairview’s outgoing aquatic aficionados Karolina Bank and Morgan Lukinac, they will soon leave behind all things high school (as well as their time as swim teammates for the Knights and Elevation Athletics) for the college life.
They are currently spending their last high school club meet together at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, California, which runs through the end of the week.
“We’ve been teammates for four years now and have become really close friends,” said Bank, who went to nationals a day early to spend extra time with Lukinac. “Just getting to race my last club meet with her is a pretty good way to close off this little chapter of my life.”
Winners of individual titles at the Class 5A state swim meet in February, Bank is now headed off to swim at the University of Missouri. Lukinac is going to Brown.
The two were part of the Knights’ talented swim core from last school year that also graduated known D-I commit Julianne Jones, who is headed to Dartmouth, as well as Caralea Holmberg, who is off to D-II Nebraska-Kearney.
For them, their next adventures trail a successful tenure with Fairview, which won two team golds and two silvers over the past four seasons. The great unknown is next.
“I’m really interested in political science but I’m not really sure of what I’m going to do yet until I get there,” chuckled Lukinac, who is headed to an Ivy League school that accepted just 5% of their Class of 2026 applicants. “I’m probably going to take a lot of history classes. Maybe a little bit of chemistry, too. Still feeling that out.”
She’s expected to swim lots, too.
Earlier this summer, Lukinac and Bank were both recognized as All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association in four events. Jones, meanwhile, earned honors in two others.
Lukinac and Bank made up half of the nation’s sixth-fastest 400-yard freestyle relay.
Lukinac was also 22nd in the 50 free, 90th in the 100 free, and she and Jones were a part of the 200 free relay which was 11th. Bank was 30th in the 200 free, 69th in breaststroke and was one-fourth of 200 medley relay which was sixth. Jones was 87th in the 200 IM.
“I just remember coming in as a little freshman and being like, ‘I want to win a state title’, so it was absolutely phenomenal I got to experience what that’s like,” Bank reflected. “I’m just very happy with how it turned out.”
BoCoPreps knows of more than 20 local swimmers from the Class of 2022 that are expected to compete in college.
Among others, it includes seven-time state champ Mary Codevilla of Niwot as she’s headed to Notre Dame. Legacy, like Fairview meanwhile, had plenty including Kyle Raskay (Grand Valley State University), who was named BoCoPreps boys’ swimmer of the year in 2022, as well as 2021 5A backstroke champ Sydney Bales (Missouri University) and fellow All-American Indigo Armon (Arizona State).