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Cheyenne Mountain's Cat Wright bests a Missy Franklin pool record

February 4, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 at 6:45 am
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Cheyenne Mountain teammates cheer on junior Cat Wright as she competes in the 100 yard breaststroke at the 2017 PPAC/4A Metro Championships in girls' swimming on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Cheyenne Mountain's Cat Wright, not yet dry after helping her 200-yard medley relay break a 4A state record, speared back into the water and raced to another convincing victory in the 200 individual medley Saturday.

This time, she'd broken Olympian Missy Franklin's 2009 pool record in 2 minutes, 4.58 seconds.

"Everyone knows Missy Franklin," she said of the now 21-year-old gold medalist. "Just to have beaten her, even if she was 13 when she set it, is just awesome."

Wright was part of three pool records, Harper Lehman won two individual events and the Indians scored 587.5 points for their third straight title at the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Championships.

After the meet, Cheyenne Mountain swimmers plunged into their own pool in what's becoming an almost-yearly tradition at the PPAC.

The only thing sweeter would be a similar performance at the 4A state meet in Fort Collins next weekend.

The Indians are ranked No. 1 in the class by PrepSwimCo.com.

"The girls came in with expectations to do well and I think we exceeded our expectation," Indians coach Kate Doane said. "Now we're ready to go have a great week next weekend."

Meredith Rees and Kaitlyn Griffith had victories to lead Lewis-Palmer, which finished second at 561.

Anna Kemper added a victory in diving for the Rangers, and Julie Day outswam Maggie York in the final leg of the 200 freestyle relay as L-P (1:40.82) edged the Indians (1:40.83) by one-hundredth of a second.

Next for Lewis-Palmer is the 5A meet in Thornton, which starts Thursday. It's ranked fourth in its class by PrepSwimCo.

"We've got a quite a few girls that came (up this year) and they're going to state with us," said Day, a four-year state qualifier who helped the team place eighth at the 5A meet a year ago. "That will help us a lot."

The Indians were too much for them Saturday.

The first of eight event wins started with the foursome of Lehman, Wright, Sophia Bricker and Maggie Tibbitt, who went 1:44.75 in the 200 medley relay.

The mark surpassed Valor Christian (1:45.31) atop the all-time 4A list.

"We knew we were going to do something special," said Tibbitt, who won PPAC Swimmer of the Year, honoring the league's best senior swimmer. "But I don't think we thought we would break a state record."

Tibbitt and Clare Sanderson also had individual wins, and the 400 free relay ended the meet with a pool-record time of 3:34.45 for the Indians, who have 18 swimmers qualified for next weekend, Doane said.

The bar has been set.

"Everyone's goal is to be a state-champion-winning team," Wright said. "But I mean we can't just say it. We have to show up."

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