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Hobbs focused for state after winning Jeffco

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Chatfield places second to Ralston Valley in the 5A conference meet

By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — Averly Hobbs has a simple enough strategy to calm her nerves before any dive.
“Normally, I can get into my zone — listen to my music, do 10 jumping jacks, whatever helps to take away my stress so that I can do my dives,” Hobbs said.
If there was any stress Feb. 8 at the George J. Meyers Pool, she didn’t show it. The Chatfield junior scored a league-record and season-best score of 464.5 points to easily win the 1-meter diving title at the 5A Jeffco League championships.
With four divers in the top seven — Ana Eyssimont was third (382.15), Jenelle Crozier sixth (338.65) and Julie Dominquez-Patton seventh (328.9) — Chatfield finished second in the team standings with 402 points. Only Ralston Valley, with 429, finished ahead of the Lady Chargers for the league championship. Lakewood was third with 376, while Dakota Ridge was fourth with 243 and Columbine fifth with 167.
Hobbs, who took second last year at state, is in the mix again in 2014 to challenge for a 5A title. Her toughest competitor will be her synchro partner, McKensi Austin of Regis Jesuit.
“I think getting second at state (last year) has motivated me to win this year,” Hobbs said.
While diving no doubt gave Chatfield some early momentum, it was the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Abby Oglesby, Peyton Wayment, Sydney Mueller and Hailey Gerze that all but sewed up second place when they won the relay in 1 minute, 43.69 seconds. That was 1.49 seconds ahead of Ralston Valley and 1.56 in front of Lakewood.
“We were trying to beat Lakewood,” said Ogelsby, who finished second in the 50 freestyle (25.5 seconds) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.78). “Getting first in this relay guaranteed our second-place spot, or at least almost.”
As it turned out it did, but the Lady Chargers’ 400 freestyle relay team of Oglesby, Heather Stevens, Mueller and Gerze confirmed it three finals later with a second-place run in 3:47.53. That was 8 seconds back of Ralston Valley but more than a second ahead of Lakewood.
Wayment added a third place in the 500 freestyle in 5:21.94 and a fifth in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.40. Haley Kopec placed fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:19.52.
Ali Borelli and the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles know the feeling Chatfield’s 400 freestyle relay team experienced. Borelli, Kaila Munday, Ashley Gerken and Deseray Sileo were second to Ralston Valley in the finals-opening 200 medley relay in 1:56.14. The Lady Mustangs ran away with first in 1:48.95. Arvada West was more than 2 seconds back of Dakota Ridge in third.
“It most definitely was,” Borelli said of the event being a race for second place, “but it was a good battle.”
The finish topped Dakota Ridge’s previous season best of 1:58.
Borelli also took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.10) and third in the 100 freestyle (55.98). Sileo was third in the 100 backstroke (1:02.63)
Columbine’s best finish came in the 100 butterfly, where Maggie Burns took fifth in 1:08.71. All three relay teams placed sixth.

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