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2013-14 girls swimming capsule previews

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CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
Head coach: Ron Johns
Assistant coaches: Polly Boen, Sean Gillespie, Annika Games
2012-13 recap: The Lady Chargers were second in the 5A Jeffco meet and tied for 22nd at state. Junior Averly Hobbs was second in diving. Chatfield qualified six other girls in nine events and all three relay teams.
Swimmers to watch for: Averly Hobbs, Sr., diving; Heather Stevens, Soph., 200 and 500 freestyles; Sydney Mueller, Soph., freestyle; Haley Kopec, Soph., breaststroke
Season opener: Dec. 6, quadrangular with Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Pomona, 4 p.m., at The Ridge.
Outlook: Stevens (200 and 500 freestyles), Mueller (50 and 100 freestyles) and Kopec (breaststroke) were state qualifiers last season who did not advance to finals. Emily Murphy, who would be a senior, opted not to compete this season after posting top-20 preliminary times in the 100 and 200 freestyles. Hobbs is the top returnee in diving with the graduation of three-time Michal Bower of Loveland. “We’re going to be competitive again and I think we’ll have a great team,” Johns said. “We’re young, sophomores and freshmen, basically. Our charter is to make sure they improve from week to week.”

COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
Head coach: Kristi Marosy
Assistant coaches: Meagan Rushford, Amanda Singler
2012-13 recap: The Lady Rebels were fifth in the 5A Jeffco meet and qualified the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays team for state but did not score.
Swimmers to watch for: Maggie Burns, Sr., butterfly and freestyle; Breezy Coyne, Sr., diver; Brooke Bower, Sr., backstroke
Season opener: Dec. 6, quadrangular with Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Pomona, 4 p.m., at The Ridge.
Outlook: Marosy said about half the team is new, “so anything goes. We have some pretty solid freshmen coming in, so it’s not going to be a tough year. We’ll have to see who stands out once we get started. I’m hoping we do as well or better this season.” Burns and Bower swam on last year’s 200 freestyle relay team at state.

DAKOTA RIDGE LADY EAGLES
Head coach: Pat Burke
Assistant coaches: N/A
2012-13 recap: The Lady Eagles finished fourth in the 5A Jeffco and had two individual state qualifiers — senior Kelsey Foster (50 freestyle) and junior Ali Borelli (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), along with all three relay teams.
Swimmers to watch for: Ali Borelli, Sr., freestyle, breaststroke; Kaila Munday, Sr., freestyle; Deseray Sileo, Jr., all-around
Season opener: Dec. 6 quadrangular with Chatfield, Columbine and Pomona, 4 p.m., at The Ridge.
Outlook: “We should be a pretty good middle-of-the-road team with more depth than usual and more girls out this year,” Burke said. “We’ll try to push Chatfield for the third spot in the league. All three of our relays qualified last year and I think we’re going to be able to do that again.” Borelli had the 21st-best time in the breaststroke in the state preliminaries (36th in the 200). Munday, the team captain, just missed qualifying for the 5A state meet in the 100 freestyle by 0.4 seconds.

LITTLETON LADY LIONS
Head coach: Maurice “Stringy” Ervin
Assistant coach: David Decker (diving)
2012-13 recap: The Lady Lions finished 11th in the Continental League meet and qualified sophomore Claire Martin (IM), senior Maddie Montgomery (200 freestyle) and all three relay teams for state.
Swimmers to watch for: Claire Tronrud, Soph., freestyle and breaststroke; Morgan Zueger, Jr., freestyle; Sarrelle Schultheis, Jr., diver
Season opener: Dec. 5, Castle View/Douglas County dual, 4 p.m.
Outlook: Martin opted not to compete this season, but the Lady Lions return most of the members of the state-qualifying relay teams. “We’re a reasonably young team and we’re going to work to try to get better,” Ervin said. “We have a few good prospects.” As for potential state-qualifiers, Ervin said, “That remains to be seen. We’re hoping to get all the relays and divers.”
— Craig Harper