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Girls swimming: Silver Creek in the midst of whirlwind end to season

Raptors down St. Mary’s Academy in a dual just days after St. Vrain Invite title

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LONGMONT — A thrilling yet taxing win at the St. Vrain Valley School District invite last Saturday did nothing to stop the Silver Creek girls swim team from showing out for their seniors on their final season meet on campus.

Coach Debbie Stewart’s girls surprised themselves with their performances against Class 3A St. Mary’s Academy on Monday, winning the dual meet, 178-125, despite coming off a big win and still trying to peak for the Northern League Championships coming up on Feb. 3-4.

“Today was a fast turnaround from Saturday’s [St. Vrain District] meet,” Stewart said. “We were more focused on senior night, which I think helped make us a little more relaxed coming into this meet. We had a lot of good swims, surprisingly, because I thought they’d be really tired and have some off-times. It was exciting to see where they are at right now.”

Defeating their rivals at Niwot a few days ago was undoubtedly a momentum-gainer that senior captains Emma Robinson and Lara Martin thought resulted in their team’s best meet of the season. The Raptors pulled out the win 644-580 over the Cougars, with 14 top-3 finishes, including a personal best for Robinson of 5 minutes, 43.03 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle and the Raptor divers taking three of the top four places.

“I definitely think our battle against Niwot at the district meet had some of our best wins and times because we had such good energy,” Martin said. “It was probably the best energy we have had at any meet so far this season.”

Whether it was the emotions of senior day or the momentum brought on by their tight win over Niwot, Robinson and Martin showed they still had stuff left in the tank to display for their families. Robinson swam a personal best of 27.69 in the 50 free Monday while also putting together a solid winning time of 5:52.54 in the 500 free. Martin capped off her home meet career with a win in the 100 breaststroke.

“We were all really hyped to see all the times drop,” Robinson said of the district meet. “We rested a little bit for that meet. So coming to this dual meet was awesome, and we had many good times coming out of today too.”

Senior Ema Dostal was one of those Raptor swimmers who had a great day with her times. She started her afternoon with a win and a personal best of 2:10.44 in the 200 free before bringing home the first-place points for Silver Creek in the 100 free.

Silver Creek would not be where it is without its divers.

Already with four state qualifiers, the Sliver Creek dive team led by junior Savannah Wolf is one of the main reasons the Raptors were able to come out on top against Niwot. The board work continued Monday as Wolf and company again showed out, taking the top two spots against St. Mary’s.

The Raptors will be loose and ready to go heading into their final dual meet against Windsor on Thursday, before going into the conference championships the following weekend.

“We’ve got one more meet against Windsor,” said Stewart. “We’ll try to rev up a little bit for that and get some more rest and go into conference. Full force and in our best events.”