With the state meet just around the corner, local swim teams are hoping to dial up their fastest times of the season.
Chatfield and Dakota Ridge combined for three state titles at last year’s Class 5A meet; with Chatfield’s Maiya Otsuka taking home two titles and Dakota Ridge’s Emily Kuhr one.
While Otsuka graduated in 2007, Kuhr is back, looking to defend her 100-yard breaststroke title. Kuhr didn’t take part in the Feb. 1 dual meet between the two schools. The Eagles certainly could’ve used her, as they fell 210-98 to the Chargers.
“I’m feeling good about the team,” said Chatfield coach Ron Johns. “They are full of energy and spirit. They are just coming into their taper, so I am hoping for even faster times at the league meet, and then state.
“The ladies have been working hard for the entire season and I am seeing things starting to pay off.”
The Jefferson County League meet takes place Feb. 8-9 at Meyers Pool in Arvada. As Johns stated, teams are hoping this can be a springboard to even better things at state.
Leading the way for Chatfield has been Shelley Perkins. Perkins anchors Chatfield’s 200-yard medley relay team, and is also a strong contender in the 500 free.
“Shelley is doing very well,” Johns said. “I feel she has more to show us. I have been excited watching her this season. She is really feeling her strokes and understanding her event more and more with each swim.”
Johns also points to sophomore Katherine Glassner, Kylie Carlton, Christie Marsh and Amber Ebertowski as swimmers he expects to make an impact down the stretch.
For Dakota Ridge, they will be relying heavily on Kuhr to lead the way. Johns said that Kuhr has been working really hard this year, and wouldn’t be surprised to see her defend her title.
Hannah Cox is a versatile performer who always seems to swim her strongest at the big meets. Cox won the 50 free and 100 backstroke in the dual with Chatfield.
“I predict she will perform very well at this year’s state meet,” Johns said.
Chatfield 210, Dakota Ridge 98
200-yard medley relay: Chatfield (Christie Marsh, Jenny Bates, Katherine Glassner, Shelley Perkins), 1:59.53; 200 freestyle: Allie Wilson, C, 2:20.19; 200 IM: Glassner, C, 2:22.54; 50 free: Hannah Cox, DR, 25.74 (state-qualifying time); 1-meter diving: Sarah Moore, C, 181.30; 100 butterfly: Maria Gomez, DR, 1:09.37; 100 free: Bates, C, 57.18; 500 free: Perkins, C, 5:44.33; 200 free relay: Chatfield (Bates, Jaime Stevens, Brittney Ellsworth, Perkins), 1:49.29; 100 backstroke: Cox, DR, 1:06.95 (sqt); 100 breaststroke: Rachel Reiling, C, 1:16.75; 400 free relay: Chatfield (Marsh, Nicole Berteaux, Glassner, Kylie Carlton), 3:56.32 (sqt); Chatfield (Bates, Perkins, Stevens, Haley Lowe), 3:57.30 (sqt).