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Hobbs peaking heading into state

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Chatfield takes third at league meet while Dakota Ridge is fourth and Columbine fifth

By Michael Hicks

LAKEWOOD — Averly Hobbs is ready. At least that’s the hope after the Chatfield diver won the 5A Jeffco League championship on Feb. 2 at the Carmody Rec Center.
Hobbs, who placed fourth at the 5A state meet in 2012, won the 2013 conference championship with a score of 410.05 points. Lakewood’s Allison Murphy was second with 380.55 points, while Chatfield teammate Nicole Hagen came in third with 317.95.
Hobbs has had her struggles at times this season, but with the 5A meet Feb. 8-9 at EPIC in Fort Collins the belief is that she’s right where she needs to be going into state.
“We hope so. She had to go through some injuries that have kept her back a little bit, but she’s coming out of that. We’re just kind of bringing her up slowly and hopefully next week we can have everything together,” Chatfield head coach Ron Johns said. “She is peaking at the right time. Hoping she’ll put all 11 dives together next week. Here today she had some solid dives, but there were a couple that were a little off. So we’re going to keep working.”
Team-wise Ralston Valley clipped Lakewood for the league title. The Lady Mustangs finished with 306 points. Lakewood was second with 291. Chatfield took third with 241 points, Dakota Ridge was fourth with 175 and Columbine was fifth in the nine-team field with 127.
Chatfield’s Emily Murphy scored a pair of second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (25.47 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (54.16). In both races, she came in behind Lakewood’s Meghan Lahr. Though she was just 1.02 seconds back in the 50 and 0.89 seconds behind in the 100 not even Murphy knows if she could’ve caught Lahr.
“I don’t know because Meghan is ridiculously good at swimming. She’s so fast,” Murphy said. “If I would’ve done better maybe I would’ve at least stayed closer to winning.”
The Lady Chargers had a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The foursome of Sydney Mueller, Hailey Gerze, Brigitta Games and Murphy finished the 200 in 1 minute, 43.45 seconds. They swam the 400 in 3:44.90. Games also added a third place in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.74 and a fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.37.
Dakota Ridge had a pair of second-place finishes. Its 200-yard medley relay team of Kaila Munday, Ali Borelli, Kitty Nester and Deseray Sileo finished in 1 minute, 54.19 seconds, while Munday also took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.04.
Borelli added a third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.12 and a fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.23.
The highlight of the day for Columbine came when swimmer Erin Lemberger was named the 5A Jeffco swimmer of the year. The surprise announcement stunned Lemberger.
“I absolutely thought my friend Laura Foster (of Lakewood) would get it. It was a complete and total surprise,” Lemberger said.
Columbine’s top finish was a fourth place in the 200 medley relay from the team of Brooke Bower, Lauren Dolloff, Lemberger and Maggie Burns. They swam in a time of 2:00.65.

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