November 27, 2013 Updated: November 27, 2013 at 9:55 am
Cheyenne Mountain senior Sydney Buckley knows she's been fortunate enough to be part of a team that is a powerhouse in the pool year in and year out.
But with her high school days at a premium, she isn't satisfied. Nobody on the Cheyenne Mountain team is.
"We want to win a state title. That's the expectation for us," said Buckley, who won event titles in the 200 medley relay and the 100 butterfly last season. "We haven't won a state title as a team in too long for how good we are. It's time to break through."
Thompson Valley beat Cheyenne Mountain by 18 points for the team title last season.
Buckley, who signed with North Texas earlier this month, heads a team that returns 12 state qualifiers.
Future University of Denver swimmer Morgan Wice-Roslin is back from a third-place finish in 50 free and a 10th-place finish in the 500 free at state. Emily Bauer returns after being an important cog in the record-breaking 200 medley relay. Junior Rhyann Lowrey and sophomore Katie Liebcher, among others, are also expected to make big jumps on the state scene for an already-loaded Indians team.
"We are solid from top to bottom," Cheyenne Mountain coach Kate Doane said. "We have kids everywhere working hard toward the same goal. It should be a fun year."