A lot of things can change in a week. The first boys’ swim rankings published on April 5th listed Pine Creek’s Nick Sherman as the Class 4A leader in six individual events.
In a weeks time, Cheyenne Mountain’s Kyle Leach took two of them away.
In the most recent rankings Leach is the top-ranked swimmer in four events, and Sherman has the top time in three, and is ranked second in four more.
At the Cheyenne Mountain Invite on Saturday, they didn’t race head-to-head in any individual events - which may have been a smart strategy for their teams, as both came home with first-place finishes in each of their individual events.
Leach won the 200 free with a new meet record time of 1:41.59, and also smoked the competition in the 100 free finished in 45.50, two seconds ahead of the field.
Sherman on the other hand won the 200 IM, beating second-place Braden Whitmarsh from Discovery Canyon by nearly four seconds, and set a new Pine Creek record in the 100 fly with a finish in 51.67.
Leech and Sherman battled next to each other just once as the Cheyenne Mountain and Pine Creek anchors in the 400 free relay. Sherman was out-kicked by Legacy’s Jonus Ortega for second place, and Pine Creek took third with a time of 3:20.57. Leach and the Cheyenne Mountain 400 relay team placed fifth in 3:29.25.
Swimming the first leg of the relay was Christian Moden, who earlier won the 100 backstroke in 53.76.
Pine Creek’s Joshua-Ryan Lujan took first in the 100 breaststroke in 58.82 for a new Pine Creek school record, beating Cheyenne Mountain’s Gabe Grauvogel by nearly three seconds. Grauvogel finished second in 1:01.11, followed by teammate Juwon Hong in 1:04.67. Coronado’s Andrew Aire and Jackson Sawyer placed third and fourth, respectively.