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The 2016 Colorado Girls 5A and 4A High School State Championships began today with fast swims abounding from both divisions.
Fairview’s Brittney Beetcher clocked a 1:52.09 to claim the top seed in the 200 free for tomorrow’s finals. Regis Jesuit’s Lindsay Painton took second in prelims with a 1:53.28, while Pomona’s Zarena Brown was third with a 1:53.45.
Beetcher continued her middle-distance prowess with a 4:58.06 finish in the 500 free.
Bailey Kovac of Fossil Ridge shaved 2.8 seconds off her entry time of 2:07.55 to finish first in prelims with a 2:04.75. Fairview’s Sandra Freeman grabbed second with a 2:05.97, while Delaney Smith of Arapahoe took third with a 2:06.57.
The top three qualifiers for the 50 free each stopped the clock under the 23-second mark. Laurel Eiber of Arapahoe claimed the top spot with a time of 23.66. Fossil Ridge’s Coleen Gillilan and Rock Canyon’s Abigail Kochevar turned in strikingly similar times for second and third respectively. Gillilan touched in a 23.88 over Kochevar’s 23.89.
Gillilan wasted no time getting back in the sprinting groove, qualifying first in the 100 fly with a time of 54.41. Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink posted a 55.24 for second, while Boulder’s Josie Valette was third with a 55.53.
Kylie Andrews of Heritage dashed ahead of the competition to grab the first place seed in the 100 free with a 51.13. Regis Jesuit’s Lindsay Painton and Eiber tied for second with a 51.56.
Kochevar rocketed ahead of the competition in the 100 back, stopping the clock at 54.95 to qualify first for tomorrow’s finals. Natalie Arky of Mountain Vista posted a 55.64 for second, while Fossil Ridge’s Bailey Stewert took third with a 56.10.
Kovac grabbed her second first place seed in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.75, shaving over two seconds off her entry time of 1:06.86. Monarch’s Courtney Roeber returns as the second place seed with a 1:05.36, while Fossil Ridge’s Jayden Glover posted a 1:06.03 for third.
Brooke Stenstrom of Valor Christian sprinted to the top of the qualifying lists in both the 50 and the 100 free during prelims. Stenstrom, the returning champion in the 50 and 4A State Record holder (23.43), stopped the clock at a quick 23.55, a slim .12 seconds off her record. The senior delivered a final time of 51.54 for first in prelims of the 100 free, but Kennedy Quist of Aspen finished close behind with a qualifying time of 51.64.
Lainee Jones of Pueblo South clocked a 1:53.69 to qualify first in the 200 free. Alex Reddington of St. Mary’s Academy edged out Evergreen’s Kate McDonald by a shy .14 seconds for second. Reddington posted a 1:54.02 over McDonald’s 1:54.16.
Windsor’s Morgan Friesen grabbed the first place seed in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.63. Evergreen’s Katelynn Kenchel took second in prelims with a 2:04.70.
Friesen later added a first place seed in the 100 breaststroke to her accomplishments for the day, stopping the clock at a swift 1:02.52, only .62 seconds off her 4A State Record of 1:01.90 from 2015.
4A State Record holder Cat Wright of Cheyenne Mountain dashed to the top of the qualifying list in the 100 fly with a 57.38. Reddington finished close behind with a 57.56, while Valor’s Madison Hoehn claimed the third place seed with a 57.76.
McDonald turned in a time of 5:04.01 for first in the 500 free. Valor’s Abbey Owenby grabbed second with a 5:06.58, while Air Academy’s Samantha Steigerwald was third with a 5:09.24.
Sabrina Sabadeanu of Golden High dashed to a first place finish in the 100 back with a time of 57.21. Evergreen’s Kara Coughlin took second with a 57.73, while Cheyenne Mountain’s Marie Goodwyn was third with a 57.87.