Jack Ryan Sets 1-Meter State Record at Colorado 4A Boys Swim & Dive State Championships

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The 2019 Colorado 4A Boys Swim & Dive State Championships provided slight controversy among fast swims on May 17 and 18 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Thronton, Colorado.

Click HERE for full results.

Denver South’s Jack Ryan set a new State Record in 1-meter diving to highlight the competition. Quick times also came courtesy of Broomfield’s Harrison Lierz in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.

Discovery Canyon finished in second place overall for the second year in a row. Meet Mobile [2019 CHSAA 4A Boys Swim & Dive Champion] notes Greely West High School taking the team title with 323 points over Discovery’s 307. However, according to Colorado Springs’ The Gazette, controversial DQs cost Discovery the meet.

After a come-from-behind 200 Medley Relay victory, the report says that senior Braden Whitmarsh and junior Tommy Rauchut hopped back in the pool to warm down, disqualifying them from the 200 and 50 freestyles, respectively, because they broke a meet rule.

“When all competitors in that event have completed a race and a competitor in that event enters/re-enters the water without the referee’s approval,” the rule states, “that competitor shall be disqualified from his/her next schedule event.”

“The rule is in black and white and for whatever reason the guys decided to jump in after the event was over, and did not have permission to do so, so the rule was upheld,” Discovery Coach Dave Burgess told The Gazette. “They jumped back into the water to cool down because that’s what they were accustomed to doing throughout the season. That’s how it worked at the conference meets, so why wouldn’t they? At the end of the day it’s on me to let them know that they needed to get approval at the state meet.”

Whitmarsh was the fifth seed in the 200 freestyle (potential 18 points) and Rauchut was seventh headed into the 50 finals (potential 16 points). While anything could have happened in the finals, at worst the men would have earned a collective 26 points. This would have given them a total of 333 points— enough for the state title.

Regardless, the team still achieved numerous fast swims in route to their runner up finish. A full recap of the meet is available below:

200 Medley Relay

A tight race among the top finishers in the 200 Medley Relay showcased many notable splits. Quintin McCarthy anchored the Discovery Canyon High School team to victory in 20.46 and 1:33.62 overall. He was joined by Andrew McGill (back – 24.20), Braden Whitmarsh (breast – 26.47) and Tommy Rauchut (fly – 22.49) for the win.

Windsor High School’s Riley Miller (23.80), Caiden Peterson (27.25), Josh Dodrill (22.28) and Andrew Scoggin (20.95) combined for second in 1:34.28. Broomfield’s Harrison Lierz blasted a 22.34 leadoff leg for his team which ultimately took third in 1:34.54. 

 Event 1  Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
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    School                              Prelims     Finals        
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                         === A - Final ===                          
 
  1 Discovery Canyon  'A'               1:34.51    1:33.62  
     1) Andrew McGill 10              2) Braden Whitmarsh 12          
     3) Tommy Rauchut 11              4) Quintin McCarty 09           
  2 Windsor  'A'                        1:35.67    1:34.28  
     1) Riley Miller 12               2) Caiden Peterson 11           
     3) Josh Dodrill 11               4) Andrew Scoggin 10            
  3 Broomfield  'A'                     1:36.10    1:34.54  
     1) Harrison Lierz 11             2) Sam Anderson 12              
     3) Sam Hahn 12                   4) Jon Kim 12                   
  4 Montrose  'A'                       1:37.30    1:38.71  
     1) Ryan King 12                  2) Cayden Christianson 12       
     3) Garth Knutson 12              4) Mel Littlefield 11           
  5 George Washingto  'A'               1:39.72    1:38.99  
     1) Will Draper                   2) Lorenzo Seymandi             
     3) Lucas Taliaferro              4) Xavier Hill                  
  6 Cheyenne Mountai  'A'               1:39.50    1:39.31  
     1) Max Roslin 09                 2) Gabe Grauvogel 12            
     3) Ryan Leach 12                 4) Raglan Ward 09               
  7 Greeley West  'A'                   1:39.40    1:39.35  
     1) Baylor Cobb 12                2) Baylor Lewis 10              
     3) Cade Branum 09                4) Wyatt Sands 11               
  8 Golden  'A'                         1:40.31    1:39.99  
     1) Nikolaus Boileau 11           2) Cory Leidich 12              
     3) Tate Warner 11                4) Liam Dewar 11                
  9 Pueblo County  'A'                  1:39.87    1:40.61  
     1) Jonah Hunter 10               2) Benjamin Trujillo 09         
     3) John Plutt 10                 4) Jacob Dorn 11                
 10 Coronado  'A'                       1:40.65    1:41.05  
     1) Adam Austin 11                2) Jackson Sawyer 12            
     3) Remington Van De Veer 09      4) Andrew Aire 12

200 Freestyle

Wheat Ridge’s Ryan Peterson repeated as the 200 freestyle champion, this time in dominant fashion. Peterson was the lone swimmer under 1:40 coming in at 1:39.35. Nathan Kenigsberg got the momentum rolling for Greeley West with his runner-up finish in 1:41.05. Mullen High School’s Ben Freeman was third in 1:41.98.

 Event 2  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Ryan Peterson          12 Wheat Ridge       1:40.94    1:39.35  
  2 Nathan Kenigsberg      12 Greeley West      1:41.61    1:41.05  
  3 Ben Freeman               Mullen            1:42.66    1:41.98  
  4 Ryan King              12 Montrose          1:43.39    1:42.57  
  5 Pierce Bigelow         10 Silver Creek      1:43.99    1:44.27  
  6 Brian Hobbs            12 Discovery Canyon  1:46.98    1:47.61  
  7 Owen Spooner           11 Greeley West      1:47.20    1:47.68  
  8 Hayden Dickinson       12 Silver Creek      1:47.90    1:47.75  
  9 Cameron Smooke         11 Mullen            1:46.75    1:48.26  
 10 Wyatt Sands            11 Greeley West      1:48.38    1:48.31

200 IM

Lierz put up a 1:49.54 for his first individual title of the meet in the 200 IM. The swim included a quick split on the backstroke leg, giving him the advantage over Montrose’s Cayden Christianson (1:54.21) and Thompson Valley’s  Benjamin Smith (1:54.94). Baylor Lewis also earned valuable points for Greeley West with his fourth-place swim of 1:55.49. 

 Event 3  Boys 200 Yard IM
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Harrison Lierz         11 Broomfield        1:54.83    1:49.54  
  2 Cayden Christianson    12 Montrose          1:53.43    1:54.21  
  3 Benjamin Smith         12 Thompson Valley   1:57.33    1:54.94  
  4 Baylor Lewis           10 Greeley West      1:56.02    1:55.49  
  5 Gabe Grauvogel         12 Cheyenne Mountai  1:56.34    1:56.57  
  6 Joshua-Ryan Lujan      12 Pine Creek        2:00.15    1:56.78  
  7 Andrew McGill          10 Discovery Canyon  1:57.09    1:57.24  
  8 Noah Maestas           10 Mullen            1:58.44    1:58.03  
  9 Baylor Cobb            12 Greeley West      2:00.00    2:01.32  
 -- Tristan McFarland      10 Denver South      1:57.06         DQ

50 Freestyle

McCarty backed up his closing leg in the relay with a season-best 20.90 in the individual 50 freestyle. He was challenged heavily bu Pueblo County’s John Plutt who finished right behind in 21.10. William Chavez of Mullen High School took third in 21.35. 

 Event 4  Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Quintin McCarty        09 Discovery Canyon    21.09      20.90  
  2 John Plutt             10 Pueblo County       21.41      21.10  
  3 William Chavez         11 Mullen              21.42      21.35  
  4 Nikolaus Boileau       11 Golden              21.75      21.48  
  5 Andrew Scoggin         10 Windsor             21.66      21.61  
  6 Griffin Ayotte         12 Air Academy         21.66      21.75  
  7 Josh Dodrill           11 Windsor             21.89      21.85  
  8 Raglan Ward            09 Cheyenne Mountai    21.91      21.87  
  9 Andrew Aire            12 Coronado            21.89      21.94  
 10 Xavier Hill               George Washingto    21.90      22.54

1-Meter Diving

Denver South’s Jack Ryan led a trio of Jacks in 1-meter diving. Ryan set the lone 4A State Record with his score of 581.55. The previous mark of 559.45 was set by Ben Grado in 2006. Ryan was followed by Jack Elbert (458.20) and teammate Jack Arnold (431.30) for second and third.

 Event 5  Boys 1 mtr Diving
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    Name                 Year School              Semis     Finals        
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                          === Finals ===                          
 
  1 Jack Ryan              10 Denver South       400.40     581.55  
  2 Jack Elbert            12 Air Academy        317.05     458.20  
  3 Jack Arnold            11 Denver North       311.25     431.30  
  4 Jentry Zymbaluk        12 Air Academy        291.30     404.75  
  5 Matthew Teta           12 Silver Creek       301.75     401.55  
  6 Ryan Leach             12 Cheyenne Mountai   293.50     399.85  
  7 Matthew Fellows        09 Discovery Canyon   291.15     385.25  
  8 Collin Gammon          12 Standley Lake      261.10     370.25

100 Butterfly

Plutt bounced back right after the diving break to earn a state title of his own in the 100 butterfly. He also won the event in 2018 in 50.26 seconds. Just a sophomore, Plutt took the event in 49.51. Windsor’s Dodrill was second in 50.67. He was followed by Discovery’s Rauchut in 51.36. 

 Event 6  Boys 100 Yard Butterfly
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 John Plutt             10 Pueblo County       50.14      49.51  
  2 Josh Dodrill           11 Windsor             51.17      50.67  
  3 Tommy Rauchut          11 Discovery Canyon    51.67      51.36  
  4 Tate Warner            11 Golden              51.42      51.89  
  5 Cayden Christianson    12 Montrose            53.00      52.12  
  6 Cade Branum            09 Greeley West        53.29      52.13  
  7 Benjamin Smith         12 Thompson Valley     53.63      52.19  
  8 Shea Card              10 Glenwood Springs    52.50      52.61  
  9 Lorenzo Seymandi          George Washingto    53.50      53.09  
 10 Jonah Hunter           10 Pueblo County       53.16      53.23

100 Freestyle

Ryan Peterson was the first man to earn two titles after dominating the 100 freestyle in 45.05. He improved on his third-place finish in this event from last season. The senior capped off his career with a clean victory over Kenigsberg who took another second place in 46.31. Chavez picked up another bronze with his finishing time of 46.40.

 Event 7  Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Ryan Peterson          12 Wheat Ridge         45.85      45.05  
  2 Nathan Kenigsberg      12 Greeley West        46.56      46.31  
  3 William Chavez         11 Mullen              47.69      46.40  
  4 Sam Anderson           12 Broomfield          47.10      46.78  
  5 Ben Freeman               Mullen              47.06      47.06  
  6 Griffin Ayotte         12 Air Academy         47.24      47.37  
  7 Raglan Ward            09 Cheyenne Mountai    48.49      47.86  
  8 Andrew Aire            12 Coronado            48.71      48.10  
  9 Tanner Crouch          12 Wheat Ridge         48.57      48.45  
 10 Hayden Dickinson       12 Silver Creek        48.60      49.39

500 Freestyle

Three seniors took control of the 500 freestyle. Montrose’s Ryan King cruised to victory in 4:33.47, seven and half seconds faster than his prelims swim. He also defended his state title in this event. Discovery’s Whitmarsh was second in 4:45.31 and was followed by Goldne’s Cory Leidich in 4:47.38.

 Event 8  Boys 500 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Ryan King              12 Montrose          4:40.96    4:33.47  
  2 Braden Whitmarsh       12 Discovery Canyon  4:47.27    4:45.31  
  3 Cory Leidich           12 Golden            4:52.12    4:47.38  
  4 Tristan McFarland      10 Denver South      4:46.98    4:48.67  
  5 Pierce Bigelow         10 Silver Creek      4:47.06    4:49.28  
  6 Riley Miller           12 Windsor           4:47.05    4:52.43  
  7 Cooper Malone          10 Greeley West      4:57.85    4:55.18  
  8 Chance Ricca           10 Discovery Canyon  4:57.72    4:55.81  
  9 Reid Gilbert           09 Pine Creek        4:58.15    4:55.92  
 10 Robbie Day                Evergreen         4:58.46    4:56.25

200 Freestyle Relay 

Broomfield’s Sam Anderson, Sam Hahn, John Kim and Lierz teamed up for the 200 freestyle relay win in 1:27.08. Lierz put up the fastest split of the day with a blazing 20.10.

Mullen High School was a close second (1:27.30) with Ben Freeman anchoring in 21.16. Greely West was third in 1:28.14.

 Event 9  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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    School                              Prelims     Finals        
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                         === A - Final ===                          
 
  1 Broomfield  'A'                     1:28.16    1:27.08  
     1) Sam Anderson 12               2) Sam Hahn 12                  
     3) Jon Kim 12                    4) Harrison Lierz 11            
  2 Mullen  'A'                         1:27.33    1:27.30  
     1) William Chavez 11             2) Noah Maestas 10              
     3) Cameron Smooke 11             4) Ben Freeman                  
  3 Greeley West  'A'                   1:27.95    1:28.14  
     1) Nathan Kenigsberg 12          2) Cade Branum 09               
     3) Baylor Cobb 12                4) Owen Spooner 11              
  4 Wheat Ridge  'A'                    1:29.67    1:28.83  
     1) Ian Haneke                    2) Tanner Crouch 12             
     3) Will Storey                   4) Ryan Peterson 12             
  5 George Washingto  'A'               1:29.45    1:29.12  
     1) Will Draper                   2) Lucas Taliaferro             
     3) Lorenzo Seymandi              4) Xavier Hill                  
  6 Silver Creek  'A'                   1:29.95    1:29.27  
     1) Hayden Dickinson 12           2) Connor Hassert 10            
     3) Pierce Bigelow 10             4) Ian Curd 10                  
  7 Cheyenne Mountai  'A'               1:29.49    1:29.78  
     1) Gabe Grauvogel 12             2) Ryan Leach 12                
     3) Forrest Buck 11               4) Raglan Ward 09               
  8 Coronado  'A'                       1:30.13    1:30.01  
     1) Jackson Sawyer 12             2) Remington Van De Veer 09     
     3) Adam Austin 11                4) Andrew Aire 12               
  9 Air Academy  'A'                    1:30.37    1:31.13  
     1) Seth Nelson 12                2) Josh Sekutera 11             
     3) Kona Lindsey 12               4) Griffin Ayotte 12            
 10 Discovery Canyon  'A'               1:31.78    1:31.76  
     1) Adam Vogt 12                  2) Jake Hansen 12               
     3) Chance Ricca 10               4) Brian Hobbs 12

100 Backstroke

Lierz also doubled up on wins, taking the 100 backstroke in 48.59. The swim was just off his lifetime best of 47.47. McCarty continued his success with a 50.70 for second, while Scoggin was third in 51.00.

 Event 10  Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
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    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals        
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Harrison Lierz         11 Broomfield          49.80      48.59  
  2 Quintin McCarty        09 Discovery Canyon    51.13      50.70  
  3 Andrew Scoggin         10 Windsor             51.66      51.00  
  4 Shea Card              10 Glenwood Springs    50.76      51.70  
  5 Andrew McGill          10 Discovery Canyon    52.21      52.33  
  6 Riley Miller           12 Windsor             53.71      52.63  
  7 Luke Webster           10 Estes Park          54.17      54.29  
  8 Jake Gutru             09 Silver Creek        54.40      54.38  
  9 Charlie Baker          11 Mullen              54.91      54.60  
 10 Jonah Hunter           10 Pueblo County       53.70      55.32

100 Breaststroke

Joshua-Ryan Lujan capped off his senior season with a state title in the 100 breaststroke – a race where he earned second place last year. He set a personal best 56.99 for the victory over Gabe Grauvogel (58.07) and Baylor Lewis (58.85).

Also placing in the top ten were Tate Warner (59.17), Sam Anderson (59.79), Noah Maestas (1:00.11), Andrew Carlson (1:00.18), Bhodi Yohn (1:00.26), Caiden Peterson (1:00.85) and Jackson Sawyer (1:01.70).

400 Freestyle Relay

Discovery Canyon went out with a bang, winning the final race of the day in 3:08.64. The relay included Whitmarsh, McGill, Rauchut and McCarty. They were followed by Mullen High School (3:10.84) and Windsor (3:14.11).