LAKEWOOD — If it had been a baseball game they would have invoked the 10-run rule.
What began as a competitive Class 5A Jefferson County League swimming meet at Carmody Pool between Bear Creek, Columbine and Dakota Ridge, quickly turned into a showcase for the Columbine swimmers who won all 11 races, as well as the diving competition.
Columbine finished with 166 points, Bear Creek with 94 points and Dakota Ridge with 57 points, but the scary thing is, it could have been worse.
With the Jeffco League Championships this weekend, Columbine coach Kristi Marosy elected to move many of her best swimmers away from their best events.
“I like to give them a break from their usual race just to try and get them to relax a little more by focusing on something else,” Marosy said.
As a result, state qualifier Kaitlyn Jackson, Columbine’s best freestyle swimmer, did not compete in any individual events. And, freshman Ashley Horodyski, a state qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly, skipped that event but won the 200 Individual Medley by nearly 14 seconds.
“The 200 IM isn’t really my race, but I think I did okay,” Horodyski said.
Familiar and familial combatants waged two of the most competitive races, the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. Sisters Hannah and Liz Davis, to no one’s surprise, matched each other stroke for stroke in both races with Liz outdistancing her twin on both occasions by less than a second.
Another competitive race, the 100-meter butterfly, was waged between Columbine teammates Maggie Spresser and Alesha Estrada, with Spresser pulling away only in the final 10 meters for the victory. But that did not keep Estrada from basking in the glory of her second place finish.
“I’m really excited,” Estrada said, “The fly is my favorite stroke and so I’ve just been trying to improve every week. Maggie (Spresser) is such a great swimmer and I’ve always looked up to her and tried to be like her. The first meet I swam in this season I really got whupped by her, but I’ve gotten a little better.”
Columbine’s Robyn Bradley was clearly the class of the diving competition, scoring 173.5 points with her graceful style.
“I was very happy with my performance,” Bradley said, “especially with it being our last meet of my season.”
Dakota Ridge junior Hannah Cox sat out her specialty, the 200-meter freestyle, but anchored her team’s 400 freestyle relay team, which finished a close second to Columbine but was disqualified for a false start. Cox, who is a three-time state qualifier, has her sights set on the Jeffco League Championships, and her team’s chances to advance to the 5A state meet.
“We’re hoping that we’re going to get our relay teams to take with us (to state),” Cox said.
Dakota Ridge coach Pat Burke said that, despite having no individual winners in the meet, he was really excited for his team.
“We haven’t really come together (as a team) this year,” Burke said. “But (the girls) seemed to kind of come together in this meet. They were cheering for each other more. This may be our best meet just from the attitude and how they approached the swims.”