The traditional screeches that followed the girls’ swim meet last winter made it hard to hear…for days.
So it may have been missed: The award for best coach in Class 5A competition went to Legacy’s Leigh Dodd after his team was catapulted to a fourth-place finish, the best in the program.
Now it’s the boys’ turn. And they will certainly be difficult to drown.
“I think this team is the strongest and deepest I’ve seen in my three years here,” Dodd said, “and in all my research in recent program history.”
The Lightning entered the weekend with most 24 Class 5A swim times in the top 20. Ranked third in the team race predicted by PrepSwimCo.com, they had more viable state placers than the two top teams, Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek.
Among them, their 200 medley (1:32.91) and 400 freestyle (3:07.50) relays are the best in the state. Their free 200 relay (1:25.51) is first in 5A.
Individually, Kyle Raskay has eight top-20 finishes, including the second-fastest 50 freestyle (21.03) in the standings. Sam White has six and the fourth-fastest 200 freestyle (1:43.63), and Max Kulbida has the third-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (58.17).
If the numbers alone seem staggering, they’re for a team poised to break ground in the state in three weeks. Even maybe even more due to the fact that their continued rise comes just two seasons after the canceled Spring 2020.
“I believe a lot of that is attributed to our junior and senior athletes,” Dodd said. “Specifically our captains Henry Hamp and Sam White, creating a hard working but fun environment that allows the boys to train and compete at the highest level.”
Other standout athletes in the region in 5A include Layton Sealman of Fairview, Teagan Mayer of Boulder and Monarch rookie Gavin Keogh.
Sealman has four top-11 finishes, including the third-fastest 100 freestyle (46.46). Mayer, meanwhile, has two in the top 12, and Keogh has the fifth-best 100 backstroke (52.33).
In 4A, defending champion Silver Creek has 18 top-20 finishes and is projected third as a team.
Joshua and Jacob Dowlin are the rare diver-swimmer combo who could score status points in both. James Story is a relative newcomer with five top 20s.
Below the Raptors in the standings, Broomfield is ninth. Nathan McCracken leads the team with three top-12 finishes.
The .600 baton
There hasn’t been a Class 5A player in Colorado to finish the spring season with a .600 batting average since 2017.
Will it happen this spring? Probability says no. Logic too. That’s why it’s so fascinating to watch.
The state’s largest standings currently has six players breaking the mark heading into the weekend. Two are from the Broomfield area in Eagles wide receiver Camden Ross (.619) and Legacy infielder Brandon Sanchez (.605).
On Friday night, Ross had a hit in all but two of his 15 games — 11 with at least two — and boasted a .709 on-base percentage.
Sanchez had a hit in 11 of the Lightning’s 12 undefeated games, with at least three hits in four of them.
In 4A, Silver Creek’s John Sekich entered the weekend averaging .656 with four home runs.
In 2A, Dawson’s Ashtin Gilio and Conor Wolf were both hitting over the line, with Gilio leading the class in homers with six, followed by Wolf with five.
After his team’s 3-1 victory over Fairview on Thursday, Legacy junior Kendall Rippley smiled wryly when asked about the challenges of fatigue for football players playing for their high schools and clubs. in spring.
“I have a few games this weekend – for the club,” laughed Rippley. It can mean a lot of football, even for those who adore it.
At this point, Rippley has acted as Ironwoman for the Lightning as they eye a top-10 seed in the playoffs and what will likely be a second-place finish in the Front Range League at 5A No. 1 Broomfield. .
On the weekend, she leads 5A in points (50) and goals (21) and is tied for fifth in assists (eight). Her teammate, Juliauna Hayward, is fourth in points (36), third in assists (10) and seventh in goals (13).
In 4A, Mead’s Haley Williams is tied for eighth in goals (15), followed by Centaurus sophomore Nyah Ringer for 12th (13).
In 3A, Prospect Ridge Academy’s Kateri Trujillo is third in points (63), fourth in goals (24) and fifth in assists (15).
And in 2A, Dawson’s Madison Shaw and Kanoe Bihag are tied for ninth in goals (17) and 12th in points (34).
A Happy Stamp
Mead senior Timbre Shehee won a Northern Colorado Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, posting an even 72 at Indian Peaks Golf Course.
Shehee had four birdies and an eagle.
Next month, she is expected to be among the contenders for the 4A State Tournament alongside reigning champion Jessica Mason of Holy Family and Erie Hadley newcomers Ashton and Logan Hale.