Lukas Miller, William Goodwin Break Records as Cherry Creek Wins Colorado 5A State Championships

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The 2019 Colorado Boys 5A State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Friday, May 17 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center (VMAC) in Thornton, Co.

Legacy’s Lukas Miller broke the Colorado state record in the 200 free while Regis Jesuit’s William Goodwin did the same in the 100 breast. After finishing third last year, Cherry Creek grabbed the team title with a total of 520 points.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Cherry Creek – 520
2. Regis Jesuit – 394
3. Arapahoe – 251
4. Fossil Ridge – 250
5. Rocky Mountain – 212

Cherry Creek began their winning ways as the team of Jake Russell (23.20), Spencer Smith (24.97), Lars Hanna (23.42) and Bryce Ortanes (20.41) won the opening 4×50 medley relay in a combined time of 1:32.00.

Miller dominated the 200 free, winning the event by over six seconds as the only swimmer in the field under the 1:40 barrier with a final time of 1:35.72. His time broke the 5A and Colorado state record of 1:36.00 set by Clark Smith in 2013. Not too long after, he added his second gold medal of the meet after winning the 500 free in 4:35.22.

Goodwin cruised to first in the 200 IM, breaking the 1:50 barrier to finish first in 1:48.57. He later won the 100 breast as well, getting his hands to the wall the fastest in a final time of 54.67 to eclipse the 5A and Colorado state mark of 54.68 set by Nick Hatanaka in 2013.

Cherry Creek’s Brendan Eckerman sprinted his way to the gold medal in the 50 free, splashing-and-dashing his way to the wall in 20.69 to edge out runner-up Josh Pales (20.71) of Fossil Ridge. Eckerman than proved his sprint talent by also winning the 100 free in a quick 45.62.

Boulder’s Max Kreidl flew to first in the 100 fly as the first of only three swimmers under the 50-second mark, touching the wall in 48.72. Columbine’s Gavin Olson led the charge in the 100 back, powering home to the win in 48.22. Quinn Henninger of Regis Jesuit dove to first on the 1-meter diving board, posting a final score of 606.50 for the state title.

Cherry Creek’s Nikolas Silolahti (21.69), Tommy Salvetti (21.74), Blake Jorgens (21.41) and Eckerman (19.89) won the 4×50 free relay in 1:24.73. Silolahti (46.94), Hanna (46.57), Ortanes (46.00) and Eckerman (44.69) completed the relay sweep by winning the 4×100 free relay in 3:04.20.