Records Fall During Colorado Girls 4A State Championships

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Day two of the 2016 Colorado Girls 4A and 5A High School State Championships took place today with Valor Christian winning the 4A title with an accumulated 320 points, while Fairview High School edged out the competition to take the 5A title with 288.5 points.

4A

Valor Christian kicked off the meet with a new 4A state record in the 200 medley relay. The quad of Raili CarterBrook LandtMadison Hoehn, and Brooke Stenstrom posted a combined 1:45.31 to overturn the former record of 1:45.86 set by Manitou Springs in 2015.

St. Mary’s Alex Reddington grabbed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.52, shaving 2.5 seconds off her prelims time of 1:54.02. Laine Jones of Pueblo South finished second overall with a 1:52.03, while third went to Samantha Steigerwald of Air Academy and her time of 1:52.59.

Reddington turned on the heat in the 100 fly to claim the new 4A state record with a time of 55.05, overturning the previous mark of 55.49. Cat Wright of Cheyenne Mountain, the former 4A state record holder, also finished below the former record with a time of 55.30.

Windsor’s Morgan Friesen dashed to first in the 200 IM posting a final time of 2:03.78. Later in the day Friesen neared her 4A state and Colorado state records of 1:01.90 in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.15.

Stenstrom bettered her own 4A state record of 23.43 in the 50 free with a final time of 23.22. Aspen’s Kennedy Quist took second with a 23.45, while Manitou Springs’ Veronica Morin was third with a 24.01.

The relay team of Wright, Marie GoodwynMaggie Tibbitt, and Katie Liebscher closed the meet with a sizzling new 4A state record in the 400 free relay. Their combined time of 3:27.40 overturned the former record of 3:29.02 from 2013 set by Evergreen High School.

5A

The relay team of Bayley Stewart (26.18), Jayden Glover (29.46), Coleen Gillilan (23.77), and Lesley-Ann Knee (23.90) from Fossil Ridge kicked off finals with a win in the 200 medley relay of 1:43.31, winning by 3.58 seconds. Regis Jesuit took second with a time of 1:46.89, while third went to Fairview and their time of 1:47.00.

Fairview’s Brittney Beetcher dashed ahead of the competition in the 200 free to win the event with a 1:51.07. Grandview’s Mia Wood took second with a time of 1:52.20 just ahead of Regis Jesuit’s Lindsay Painton and her time of 1:52.28.

Beetcher’s success continued into the 500 free where she outlasted the competition to post a final time of 4:56.57 to be the only athlete under the five-minute mark. Wood grabbed second with a time of 5:00.25.

Delaney Smith of Arapahoe took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.19, bettering upon her prelims time of 2:06.57 by 1.38 seconds. Fairview’s Sandra Freeman grabbed second with a 2:06.19, while Fossil Ridge’s Cameron Kovac was third with a 2:06.48.

Abigail Kochevar of Rock Canyon improved upon her prelims time of 23.89 to move from third to first with a final time of 23.29. Gillilan maintained her second place seed with a final time of 23.53, while Arapahoe’s Laurel Eiber slid to third with a time of 23.69.

Kochevar kept her spot at the head of the pack in the 100 back with a final time of 55.00, adding just slightly to her prelims time of 54.95.

Mckensi Austin of Regis Jesuit finished just shy of her own 5A state record of 540.30 in the one meter diving posting a final score of 539.90.

Gillilan flew ahead of the competition in the 100 fly posting a final time of 53.60 to finish 1.75 seconds ahead of the competition. The freshman from Fossil Ridge neared the Colorado and 5A state records of 53.22 set by Bailey Nero in 2015. Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink grabbed second with a time of 55.35, while Rocky Mountain’s Daphne Williams was third with a 56.12.

First in the 100 free went to Kylie Andrews of Heritage who turned in a final time of 50.91. Painton finished second with a time of 51.38 just ahead of Eiber’s 51.52.

Regis Jesuit’s Lenderink (24.58), Jennae Frederick (24.04), Meriel Upton (24.42), and Painton (22.82) dashed to first in the 200 free relay posting a combined time of 1:35.86. Fossil Ridge took second with a final time of 1:36.32, while Fairview was third with a 1:37.31.

Bailey Kovac of Fossil Ridge improved upon her prelims time of 1:04.75 in the 100 breaststroke by more than a second, stopping the clock at a quick 1:03.67. Monarch’s Courtney Roeber turned in a time of 1:05.43 for second, and C. Kovac rounded out the top three with a 1:06.08.

The final relay of the night went to Regis Jesuit’s Samantha Smith (52.19), Upton (53.22), Isabella Schultze (52.63), and Painton (50.51) who posted a combined 3:28.55. Arapahoe took second overall with a close 3:28.72, while third went to Fossil Ridge and their time of 3:28.89.

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