Cherry Creek got off to a fast start during the finals of the Class 5A boys swimming championships on May 14. The event was hedl at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. However, the …
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Cherry Creek got off to a fast start during the finals of the Class 5A boys swimming championships on May 14. The event was hedl at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
However, the Bruins could not compete against the depth and swimmers that Regis Jesuit as competition continued throughout the day. Regis won the school’s 23rd state swimming title.
Regis finished with 467 points while defending state champion, Cherry Creek, placed second with 403 points.
Other South Metro competed in the championship tournament, including Heritage taking fifth place, Highlands Ranch placed 12th, Douglas County 18th, Arapahoe 22nd, Ponderosa 24th and Valor Christian 26th.
Cherry Creek hoped to make an attempt to catch Regis during the morning diving finals.
Bruins senior Conrad Eck won the event with 596 points. Arapahoe’s Collier Dyer placed second with 589.5 points.
Dyer also earned Diver of the Year honors.
Cherry Creek’s Caleb Liban took fourth in diving. Luke Ogen placed sixth and Jackson Whithead finished 12th.
“It was slightly a surprise,” said Eck, who was seeded fourth. “I knew that I could get a better score at state. The two divers that were second and fourth were on my club team and I knew it was going to be really close. I knew I was going to be happy however it finished.
“It feels great to win. I felt great. I dove well. It was a really hard meet but in the end it worked out well. We got 69 points with me and the three other divers. It helped.”
But not enough as the Raiders had too many swimmers and talent in the afternoon finals.
Cherry Creek held 177-140 edge over Regis after diving but won only one race afterwards.
The Bruins 200-meter medley relay team of Cade Martin, Carson Morris, Liam Bekerman and Jason Fan won with a time of 1:30.77, which was the first race of the late afternoon finals.
Then, Regis starting racking up the points the rest of the meet, finishing with Mark Dugan, Roman Krauss, Hawkins Wendt and Gio Aguirre capturing the 400-meter freestyle relay. The relay team finished the race in 3 minutes, 04.11 seconds.
Regis coach Nick Frasersmith was named the 2022 Coach of the Year.
Aquirre also second in the 100-meter freestyle, an event he won last season. Roman Krauss also took second in the 500-meter freestyle.
Heritage’s Oliver Mitchell won the state title in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 55.76 seconds.
Mason Kajfosz, of Highlands Ranch, placed third in the 200-meter freestyle. Peter Weinstein, of Heritage, took third in the 500-meter freestyle.
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