It was the first event of the finals on June 24 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton but it inspired Cherry Creek to capture the Class 5A boys state swimming championship. Creek’s …
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It was the first event of the finals on June 24 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton but it inspired Cherry Creek to capture the Class 5A boys state swimming championship.
Creek’s 200-yard medley relay team set a Colorado state record with a time of 1:28.61 to break the previous best of 1:30.58 by Regis Jesuit in 2018 and that set the tone for Creek to win the state title with depth and plenty of swimmers scoring points.
Cherry Creek had 530 points with Regis Jesuit coming in second in the team standings with 400.5 points. Heritage was third with 276 points in the finals that saw five state record eclipsed.
It was the second straight state title win for the Bruins who were the 2019 state champions and it was the 12thstate boys swimming trophy that the team has carried home to Greenwood Village.
“That was our goal in the first event because we wanted that and it was just a pop and we hoped it would translate to the rest of the meet and it did,” said Cherry Creek coach Chris Loftis.
“I feel fantastic,” he continued. “It was a most difficult year and we weren’t sure how to approach. We thought 2019 was a pretty dominating team but this year was more dominating not to mention 2020 that didn’t even take place (season was canceled because of COVID). I’m proud of these kids because they worked so hard.”
Senior Bryce Ortanes was on both record setting relay teams. He teamed with Martin Cade, Henry Batson and Will Dravenstoff on the record-setting medley relay foursome.
Ortanes, Batson, Blake Jorgens and Nickolas Silolahti composed Creek’s 200 yard freestyle relay team that was timed in a state record time of 1:22.05 to break the old record of 1:22.74 set by Regis in 2013.
“It was unreal to set the records,” said Ortenes who was the runner-up in the 50 freestyle. “For our team it is never about the individuals, it’s always swimming for the guys next to you and touching the wall first
“We were not cocky coming into the state meet that we could do it but confident in the fact we could get this because we knew we were swimming for the guys who didn’t get the experience of another time last year. There was a lot of motivation behind us and it carried through the entire meet.”
Alex McMahon of Heritage established a record in the 50 yard freestyle of 19.82 and the senior also was the winner of the 100 butterfly in 47.68.
McMahon’s teammate Sebastian Wolff was also a double winner, taking the 200 IM in 1:47.42 and the 100 breaststroke in 54.91.
Arapahoe’s Fletcher Hayes won two events. He was first in 500 yard freestyle 4:32.62 and won the 200 freestyle in 1:38.36.
The other two state records came in when diver Quinn Henninger of Regis Jesuit racked up 642.80 points to surpass the old record by over 30 points. Columbine’s 400 yard freestyle relay team of Hunter Foehner, Eric Hart, Henry Mueller and Chase Mueller won with a record time of 3:00.37.
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