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Eagles’ Borelli enjoys birthday with double win

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Chatfield captures the quad meet behind seven victories in 12 races at The Ridge

By Michael Hicks

It was Ali Borelli’s 18th birthday, but the Dakota Ridge senior didn’t have any big plans. Instead, she was focused on the Lady Eagles’ four-team swim meet Dec. 13 at The Ridge Rec Center where Dakota Ridge squared off with Chatfield, Pomona and Arvada West.
It also focused on Borelli’s 100-yard freestyle event, a race she was hoping to reach a state-qualifying time for. That state-qualifying time is 56.8 seconds. Borelli just missed that mark, finishing in 57.8, but she left little doubt on this day who was the one to beat.
Borelli broke out to an early lead in the race’s first 50 yards and held off Chatfield’s Heather Stevens by less than a second for the first of what would be two victories. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 10.78 seconds.
“It’s great,” Borelli said after her freestyle victory. “It was good. It was tiring.”
She held off Chatfield’s Haley Kopec by 2.3 seconds in the breaststroke.
While Chatfield came up short of victory in those two events, the Lady Chargers left little doubt the rest of the day. They won seven events en route to 744 points. Dakota Ridge came in second with 672, followed by Pomona with 480 and Arvada West with 233.
Five different individuals — Stevens, Kopec, Abby Oglesby, Ana Eyssimont and Peyton Wayment — secured wins for the Lady Chargers, who also took first place in the 200 freestyle relay (1:51.14) and 400 freestyle relay (3:55.44). Dakota Ridge won the opening 200-medley relay in 1:59.72.
Stevens, a 15-year-old sophomore, started the Chatfield barrage with her victory in the 200 freestyle. Hugging the rope as she swam the 25-yard pool, Stevens won in a time of 2:07.65.
“Mostly I just go out as fast as I can and try to keep going at that speed,” said Stevens, who led a one-two-three Chatfield finish in the race. Teammates Amanda Meares and Wayment came in second and third, respectively. “I kind of go off to the side. I’m not sure why. It just happens.”
Whatever the reason, it worked. It also didn’t hurt that she had her teammates there to push her along.
“We really like to push each other and go as fast as we can,” Stevens said. “I was trying to beat them because it makes me feel good.”
Kopec won the 200 individual medley in 2:22.24, Eyssimont won the 1-meter diving competition with a cumulative score of 196.35, and Wayment won the 500 freestyle in 5:33.96.
Oglesby, a quiet 15-year-old freshman, let her swimming do the talking for her in the 50 freestyle, which she won in 26.26 seconds. She held off Dakota Ridge’s Kaila Munday by 0.62 seconds.
“I’m just training hard and trying to get good times,” Oglesby said of her early season plans.
It seems to be working.
Pomona’s Lauren Sale was a double winner, taking the 100 butterfly (1:00.83) and 100 backstroke (59.92 seconds).

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Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.