Trash talking in basketball? All the time.
Taunting in football? See: Philip Rivers.
Smack talk in baseball? A time-honored tradition.
But what about a little verbal sparring in swimming? Better yet – girls swimming?
That was what Columbine jokester Kaitlynn Jackson tried before the 50-yard freestyle race Jan. 9. Jackson walked by Chatfield ace Shelley Perkins and told her she was going down.
“I like to mess with Shelley. I like racing against her,” Jackson said. “She’s fun to race off of.”
And Perkins happens to be very fast. Perkins won the 50 freestyle and the Chargers won the dual 192-123 at The Ridge.
Perkins was a mermaid on the turn in the 50 free to get a gap that Jackson could not close, even when the Rebels’ torpedo veered right next to Perkins and hugged the rope buoy.
Both turned in state qualifying times, with Perkins finishing in 24.68 seconds and Jackson was second with a time of 25.49.
The Chargers won every event, including the diving. Perkins also took the 100 freestyle race with a time of 54.59. Jackson was right on her heels with a time of 55.16. Both were state qualifiers.
“Right now my times are where I want them to be and I’m training really hard,” Jackson said.
“We’re a really laid back team, and I like that a lot because I get a chance to bond with the girls more,” she added. “Things are really fun.”
Chatfield’s Kylie Carlton won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.81 and the 500 free with a time of 5:58.18. Katherine Glassner took the 200 individual medley with a state qualifying time of 2:21.10.
Glassner said the freestyle portion of the medley is her strongest leg, but she plowed far ahead with a smooth-as-glass backstroke.
“I thought I did pretty good. It was a good race for me,” Glassner said.
Glassner also captured the 100 butterfly with a state qualifying time of 1:03.63.
In case you were wondering if the Chatfield and Columbine rivalry isn’t heated even when doused with water, Glassner said it never gets old.
“It’s more fun because it’s people we know and it’s more of a rivalry,” Glassner said.
Sarah Moore continued her strong diving by racking up 206.35 points to capture first place. Madi Hogarth won the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:12.18.
The Chargers also took the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays and the Rebels were second in both.