Published: May 17, 2014
Hard to complain when you swim personal bests and post a couple of automatic All-American qualifying times.
Hunter Bains did just that. But the Lewis-Palmer senior missed an individual state title in the 100-yard freestyle by 0.16 seconds at the Class 5A state boys' swim meet at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton on Saturday.
Bains also took third in the 50 freestyle, just 0.32 seconds out of first place.
Lewis-Palmer coach Alan Arata knows Bains is happy with those times - both the fastest of any swimmer to come out of the Colorado Springs area, Arata said - but Bains also would love to have touched the wall first.
"Hunter is very competitive, so he's bummed to be second," Arata said via phone after the meet. "But by the same token, he swam absolutely incredible times."
Those two performances, plus a fourth-place finish by the Rangers in the 200 freestyle relay, a seventh in the 400 free relay, Cade Bains' eighth-place finish in the 200 individual medley and ninth-place finish in the 100 backstroke helped Lewis-Palmer finish fourth overall in the team standings. Regis Jesuit took the team title with 410 points. No other team hit 200.
Daniel Deysher and Riley Delahoyde took 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Delahoyde also took 10th in the 200 free.
"We could've gone anywhere from second to fourth," Arata said. "We did things yesterday to help us be in that area to be sure not to fall below fourth. But we could've done things to help move up to second or third."
The Rangers diving squad also helped out, placing two in the top eight and qualifying three for the finals and four for the meet, something no other team did.
Those feats were recognized by state coaches when L-P diving coach Rick French was awarded diving Coach of the Year and L-P diver Zach Mullins was named Diver of the Year.
Mullins finished sixth and Devin Perry eighth for the Rangers.
The Rangers lose four seniors, including Hunter Bains.
"You can't lose a Hunter Bains and not have it hurt," Arata said.