Air Academy Boys Win Third Straight Colorado 4A State Championship

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, May 19. AIR Academy captured its third straight Colorado 4A Boys State Swimming and Diving title Saturday night at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins, compiling 280 points to outdistance Thompson Valley (244) and D’Evelyn (204) for the title.

D’Evelyn got the meet started with a win in the 200 medley relay as Kevin Olson, Daniel Graber, Jake Sbarbaro and Alexander Moreland touched first in 1:35.98. Discovery Canyon’s foursome of Daniel Liu, Jonathan Donehower, David Keller and Blake Lawrie came in second in 1:36.88, followed by Coronado’s Theo Reitweisner, Will Chaney, Greg Shaw and Kyle Allison in 1:37.68.

In the 200 free, Silver Creek junior Tyler Lis picked up his second career state title – though not in the same event – with a winning time of 1:42.13. Lis won the 200 IM last year but opted to try out the 200 free instead this year. D’Evelyn’s Jake Sbarbaro rebounded from his team’s 200 medley relay win to take second in 1:43.06, while Air Academy’s Brennan Mays rounded out the top three in 1:43.34.

D’Evelyn picked up another top three finish in the 200 IM as junior Daniel Graber got to the wall first in 1:53.79. Air Academy’s Caleb Hicks finished less than a second behind in 1:54.53, while Silver Creek’s Sam Willett touched third in 1:55.35.

After qualifying sixth for the final of the 50 free, Estes Park senior Forrest Beesley turned up the jets in finals, posting a 21.14 to successfully defend his state title and edge Air Academy’s Hunter Doerr, who hit the wall .09 behind in 21.23. Discovery Canyon’s Blake Lawrie placed third in 21.41.

Mullen senior David Hoffer captured the 1-meter diving title, posting a final score of 556.10 to just miss the 4A state record of 559.45 set by Ben Grado in 2006. Pueblo East’s Vitalii Shestakov scored 477.05 points to take second, while Longmont’s Nick Vaughan placed third with 395.75 points.

In the 100 fly, Thompson Valley’s John Thorne picked up his first of two victories with a winning time of 50.29. Air Academy’s Caleb Hicks finished four tenths back in 50.69, with Discovery Canyon’s David Keller in third at 50.77.

Estes Park’s Forrest Beesley swept the 50 and 100 freestyles for the second year in a row, winning the 100 free in 46.00. Lars Knutson of Montrose hung on for second in 46.79, just one one-hundredth ahead of Air Academy’s Jack Dangremond (46.80).

In the 500 free, Air Academy senior Brennan Mays held off Thompson Valley freshman and top qualifier Liam Gately for the win, 4:35.07 to 4:36.70. Daniel Notarianni of Mullen moved up a spot from his fourth place finish last year to take third in 4:39.96.

Air Academy kept the ball rolling in the 200 free relay as the quartet of Hunter Doerr, Michael Loyd, Tommy Baker and Jack Dangremond swam to a new 4A state record of 1:26.49, erasing the previous record of 1:26.66 set by Coronado in 2013. D’Evelyn’s Alec Sutton, Alexander Moreland, Daniel Graber and Jake Sbarbaro claimed second in 1:28.04 while Coronado’s Evan Kay, Chandler Fulks, Kyle Allison and Will Chaney took third in 1:29.61.

Thompson Valley’s John Thorne added a second win to his victory earlier in the 100 fly with an impressive performance in the 100 back. Thorne lowered his own 4A state record of 49.02 from prelims to 48.82 and won by nearly four seconds. Broomfield’s Blake Logan came in second in 52.49 and Discovery Canyon’s Daniel Liu took third (53.91).

D’Evelyn’s Daniel Graber won his second race of the night in the 100 breast, touching first in 57.35 to top the podium and defend his title from last year. Air Academy’s Michael Loyd swam a 58.89 to take second for the second straight year while Cheyenne Mountain’s Eric Hale touched third in 59.48.

Air Academy capped the meet with a new 4A state record in the 400 free relay. Hunter Doerr, Tommy Baker, Caleb Hicks and Jack Dangremond combined efforts to post a 3:06.84, more than two seconds better than Lewis-Palmer’s 2010 record of 3:08.86. Discovery Canyon’s David Keller, Jonathan Donehower, Austin Ward and Blake Lawrie finished more than five seconds behind in 3:12.12, while Thompson Valley’s Liam Gately, Christopher Eddy, Torence Hass and John Thorne came in third in 3:15.30.

Results For: Colorado Boys 4A State Championships

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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