D'Evelyn senior Selin wins state titles in 200, 500 freestyle

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By Alissa Noe

THORNTON — Over the last couple years, the weeks leading up to the state swim meet haven’t been kind to D’Evelyn High School’s Abbey Selin.
But none of that seemed to matter on Friday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, as a flu earlier in the week couldn’t stop the senior standout from going for the gold in the 3A state meet. In the end, she took home the titles for the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events.
“I don’t know what my deal is. I constantly get sick, but this week I actually got the flu, so I was out Monday through Wednesday from practice. Going into this meet, I didn’t really expect anything, so it was a nice surprise,” Selin said. “It’s like the season. I don’t know what it is. The last couple weeks I get sick. It happens every year.”
With the two wins and a phenomenal regular season, she also tied for the 3A Swimmer of the Year award with Anne Younger of Colorado Academy. It was something she wasn’t expecting.
“I didn’t even know that was a trophy or anything, so that’s cool,” Selin said. “I didn’t even know that was an award, so that was a nice add-on.”  
After the league meet last week, she also won 4A Jeffco League Swimmer of the Year.
Although she felt her stamina was down during the meet, Selin started off strong in each of her two individual events, before relinquishing huge leads to narrowly secure the titles.
In the 200 free, she finished in 1 minute, 53.04 seconds, just .89 seconds ahead of second-place Lillianna Brooks of St. Mary’s Academy. In the 500 free, though not as close, she defeated Longmont’s Lucille Matheson by 1.11 seconds with a time of 5:04.87.
“Abbey’s had a really tough last couple months,” head coach Mark Collings said. “She’s been sick, and she’s had some personal issues, so this just really shows what kind of a tough kid she is. She missed school Monday and Tuesday of this week. Just a great team swimmer, she loves high school swimming so much.”
Coming into the meet, Collings said the team’s goal was to finish in the top 10. At seventh place with 141 points, the girls achieved that feat easily.
“We’re just tickled pink,” Collings said. “I’m pleased with how they swam.”
Some other notable performances included that of the 200-yard freestyle relay team — comprised of Selin, Sophia Hoffman, Grace Thompson and Jamie Lefevre — which took home fourth place, and that of Hoffman individually, who finished eighth in the 50-yard free with a 25.51 time.
“My team is amazing,” Selin said. “It was mostly seniors who came here this year, so it was super sad that that was our last race, but I love my teammates. They’re so supportive. Everybody comes to practice, and we’ve been working so hard for the last four years.”
With the nice cap on her high school career, Selin will have all the momentum she needs to carry her career to the University of Wyoming, where she has committed to continue her dominance in the pool.
“It’s probably going to motivate her. I think performing the way she did with the last couple of months with everything she’s been dealing with, I think it shows her what she can do,” Collings said. “She’s been a joy to work with these last four years, and the University of Wyoming has a really good athlete coming up.”

Sports editor Alissa Noe can be reached at 303-350-1047 or at sports@evergreenco.com.