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By Kevin Carmody Published: March 10, 2014

CLASS 5A

Fountain-Fort Carson

Last year: Did not score at state meet

Coach: John Rork

Returning state qualifiers: Collin O'Connor so. (diving)

Outlook: O'Connor reached the state meet as a freshman, and joins fellow returning letter-winners Sam Correno, a junior, and senior Mark Griswold as the Trojans try to build depth for the future. Rork expects freshman Brenan Bloyd to eventually hit state-qualifying times.

 

Lewis-Palmer

Last year: 6th at meet

Coach: Alan Arata

Returning state qualifiers: Zach Mullins, sr. (diving), Devin Berry, so. (diving), Hunter Bains, sr. (100 free, 200 free), Cade Bains, jr. (200 IM), Riley Delahoyde, so. (200 IM), Billy Wells, sr. (relays), Philip Rygert, jr. (100 fly), Daniel Deysher, jr. (200 free, 500 free)

Outlook: The Rangers return plenty of experienced swimmers and have two of the best divers as well. Boasting the largest team in school history, Arata also likes his team's versatility and competitiveness in every event.

 

Liberty

Last year: 26th at state meet

Coach: Ryan Hogan

Returning state qualifiers: Wyatt Larsen (100 back), Iain Bisset (100 breast)

Outlook: The Lancers are hoping to build on the last two seasons, which saw them score points in the team standings. Larsen and Bissett, who helped score points in relays, will lead the team. Joining them will be Jacob Thompson (butterfly) and Bryan Jump (breastroke).

 

Rampart

Last year: 26th at meet

Coach: Dan Greene

Returning state qualifiers: Andrew Weiss, so. (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Nikolai McFall, so. (relays)

Outlook: The Rams lost most of their experience due to graduation, and sophomores Weiss and McFall will lead the youth movement. Greene listed two freshmen, seven sophomores and one junior who he expects big things from, so the future could be bright at Rampart.

Not reporting: Doherty, Palmer, Pine Creek

 

CLASS 4A

Air Academy

Last year: 1st at 4A state meet

Coach: Scotty Newell

Returning state qualifiers: Brennan Mays, sr. (200 free, 500 free), Hunter Doerr, jr. (50 free, 100 free), Jack Dangremond, jr. (100 free, 100 breaststroke), Michael Loyd, jr. (100 breaststroke, 100 fly), Tommy Baker, so. (100 free, 200 free), Caleb Hicks, so. (200 IM, 100 fly)

Outlook: The reloading process is underway once again at Air Academy, the two-time defending 4A team champion. While the team lost seniors such as Devon Davis and Carson Shollenbarger to graduation, another crop made waves as underclassmen and is ready to take its turn in the spotlight. Newell calls Mays "the area's best distance swimmer."

 

Cheyenne Mountain

Last year: 8th at 4A meet

Coach: Kate Doane

Returning state qualifiers: Grant Knorr, sr. (200 free, 500 free), Eric Hale, sr. (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Brendan Anderson, sr. (100 free, 100 back), Harrison Buckley, so. (200 free, 500 free), Andrew Hurlbert, sr. (200 free), Kaiden Kimball, so. (50 free, 100 free), Mason Macura, sr. (diving), Garrett Knorr, jr. (500 free), Raleigh Burrell, sr. (100 breaststroke)

Outlook: The mostly young Indians will build around Hale, a two-event finalist at last year's state meet. Despite the overall youth, there's plenty of experience to go around that should improve on an eighth-place finish in 2013.

 

Coronado

Last year: 3rd at 4A meet

Coach: Bob Bell

Returning state qualifiers: Kyle Allison, sr. (100 breaststroke), Will Chaney, so. (100 breaststroke); Theo Reitwiesner, sr. (100 butterfly, 100 back), Evan Kay, jr. (50 free), Ben Topper, so. (200, 500 free), Greg Shaw, so. (100 fly), Zach Finley, sr. (diving)

Outlook: The Cougars lost a senior class that scored plenty of points at last season's state meet, enough to get the program into the top three, and only six points from a runner-up trophy. This season, a team dominated by underclassmen will be counted on to pick up the slack.

 

Discovery Canyon

Last year: 5th at state meet

Coach: Terre Christensen

Returning state qualifiers: Daniel Liu, sr. (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Eric Pannell, jr. (200 freestyle, 100 back), Joseph Law, jr. (200 free, 500 free), Jonathan Donehower, jr. (200 IM, 500 free), David Keller, sr. (50 free, 100 fly), Ryan Byrnes, jr. (diving),

Outlook: From finishing 20th four seasons ago, the Thunder recorded a fifth-place showing in 2013 for its best result in school history. The team is led by Liu, a three-year finalist who was runner-up in the 100 butterfly last season in 2013 and also placed fifth in the 100 backstroke. Keller also reached the finals in two events last season.

Not reporting: Harrison, Mesa Ridge/Widefield

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