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Prep girls' swimming and diving team capsules

December 5, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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Coronado's Mia Shaeffer swims in the 100 yard butterfly event at the prelims of the 5A girls state swimming meet Friday, February 12, 2016 at EPIC in Fort Collins. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Class 5A

Doherty

Coach: Murphy Barry (second season)

Returning athletes: Grace Kuenzel, sr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Emily Schauer, sr., 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke; Sam Shute, sr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Auna Smith, sr., diving

Other top athletes: Ella Adler, fr., 200 and 500 freestyle; Kiley Frisch, fr., 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle

Outlook: A season ago the Spartans qualified five swimmers for the state meet and look to continue that success this season with a strong incoming freshman class, according to Barry. After qualifying one relay last year, Barry hopes that the Spartans can qualify at least three for the state meet.

 

Palmer

Coach: Geoff Lewis (fourth season)

Returning athletes: Sequoia Gilliam, sr., 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly; Margy Schueler, sr., 100 and 200 freestyle; Annabel Lewis, jr., 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle; Lina Rettig, jr., 100 backstroke; Jaye-Linh Shark, jr., 100 butterfly

Outlook: This year's senior class has been with Lewis all four years of the girls' high school careers. Lewis said the class has "changed the culture of Palmer swimming."

Notes: The Terrors have won CHSAA's Les Schwab Academic Team Championship award each of the past two years.

 

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Alan Arata (14th season)

Returning athletes: Faith McAllister, sr., butterfly/IM/freestyle; Kayla McClelland, sr., IM/breaststroke; Kailee Sunada, sr., freestyle; Ashlyn Foster, jr., diving; Anna Kemper, jr., diving; Meredith Rees, jr., freestyle/backstroke/butterfly; Madeline Bane, so., freestyle/IM; Hannah Day, so., breaststroke/sprints; Natalie Wright, jr., diving

Other top athletes: Savana Trueb, jr., diving; Katie McClelland, fr., breaststroke/IM

Outlook: The Rangers finished fifth at the 5A state meet last season, and Arata said that while the team is rebuilding some, expectations for the team are high. "We think we have the best diving team that has ever been put together in this state," Arata said is a preseason questionnaire. "Our focus this year is to silence the negative voice in our heads, while encouraging the voice that gives us courage to be our best. It's the holy grail of performance that is often left unworked."

Notes: Each of the returning athletes were 5A state qualifiers last season.

 

Class 4A

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Kate Doane (10th season)

Returning athletes: Erin Bertsch, sr., backstroke; Jessica Bye, sr., all events; Alexis Chavez, sr., freestyle; Ellen Lightcap, sr., diving; Cat Wright, sr., all events; Sophia Bricker, jr., breaststroke/IM/freestyle; Claire Fisher, jr., freestyle; Frances Hayward, so., freestyle; Clare Sanderson, so., freestyle/IM; Dayna Wahl, so., butterfly/IM

Other top athletes: Hannah Stevens, sr., sprint; Alana Tupea, fr., sprint freestyle; Kaelyn Hinesley, fr., diving

Outlook: Last season the Indians won the 4A state title for the first time since 2002. They return many swimmers from last season's team, including Wright, who was a part of the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay teams that won the state title. She also earned an individual championship in the 100 butterfly. Coach Doane said she is looking forward to "coaching this great group of young athletes who enjoy the team comaraderie, intense training and competing together as Lady Indians." Expect the Indians to be strong contenders again this year.

Notes: Doane is also the coach of the boys' team that won the 4A title the past three seasons.

 

Coronado

Coach: Katie Baker (eighth season)

Returning athletes: Chloe Cassens, sr.; Lindsey Murray, sr.; Abby Smith, sr.; Mia Shaeffer, jr., 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley

Outlook: A season ago, Coronado placed 22nd at the 4A state swimming meet. This year expectations are high as the Cougars hope to qualify at least 10 swimmers to state along with at least one diver. Baker said in a preseason questionnaire to The Gazette that this year's freshman class is the best she has seen in her eight seasons at Coronado.

 

Liberty

Coach: Erik Richardson (seventh season)

Returning athletes: Reagan Clark, sr.; Sarah Gaines, sr.; Becca Miller, sr.; Gabi Roehr, sr.; Allison Van Milligan, sr.; Kate Carlson, jr.; Paetyn Relich, jr.; Grace McCrary, so.

Outlook: The Lancers finished 19th at the state meet last season. Richardson said this is the largest team Liberty has had in at least the past seven years.

Notes: All of the returning athletes were state qualifiers a season ago.

 

Rampart

Coach: Dan Greene (fourth season)

Returning athletes: Catriona Clarke, sr., backstroke/200 freestyle; Allana Clarke, sr., 50 freestyle/butterfly; Jillian Douglas, sr., backstroke; Olivia Ellenwood, sr., diving; Christina Selinger, sr., diving; Edenna Chen, jr., 100 breaststroke/200 IM; Gabby Peltier, jr., diving; Molly Smith, jr., 100 butterfly/50 freestyle

Other top players: Lindsey Immel, fr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Valentina Ishchenko, fr.; Johanna Miller, fr., 100 breaststroke

Outlook: Rampart finished fifth at state a season ago, and Greene said the team should be pretty strong again this year.

Notes: Greene noted that this year's freshman class is very talented.

 

Widefield/Mesa Ridge

Coach: Susan Wickberg (third season)

Returning athletes: Kiri Carmody, sr., 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly; Tabi Frandsen, sr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Caitlyn Anderson, jr., 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke; Allison Canada, jr., 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke; Vanessa Nuhn, jr., 200 and 500 freestyle; Kelsi Mansfield, so., 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle

Other top swimmers: Jeilyn Presley, jr.; Lyndsey Gaddy, so.

Outlook: "Half of our team is returning with (two-plus) years experience, and many of our new team members are coming in with established skills," Wickberg said.

 

3A

Discovery Canyon

Coach: Rose Snyder (35th season)

Returning athletes: Raina Depolo, sr.; Tatum Libby, sr., diving; Alicia Pannell, sr.; Luz Bueno, jr.; Gabby Gallego, jr.; Ava Giesbrecht, jr.; Riley Harrell, jr.; Maya Kobayashi, jr.; Julia Law, jr.; Ellie Malfeld, jr.; Abigail Adams, so.; Rachel Alexander, so.; Noel Clayton, so.; Hannah Hesse, so.; Marren Kirkpatrick, so.

Other top athletes: Shriya Vijay; Taylor Whitmarsh; Caitlyn Bailey; Brook Novotny; Caprina VanCura; Lexi Ryland

Outlook: The Thunder finished 10th as a team last season at the 3A state meet. Snyder said she is excited about the team's potential this season. "I'm also impressed with the leadership, especially seen in our captains," Snyder said. "I think we will see an increase in the number of girls competing in the season-ending meets, including state."

 

Fountain Valley

Coach: Rob Gustke (20th season)

Returning athletes: Skye McCurdy, sr., 100 freestyle/100 backstroke; Eliza Rhee, jr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Emily Dixon, so., diving; Harriet Townsend, so., diving

Other top athletes: Julia Gustke, sr., 200 freestyle/100 butterfly; Meghan Guy, sr., 100 breaststroke/200 IM; Annika Wooten, sr., 50 and 100 freestyle; Lucia Heminway, so., 200 and 500 freestyle; Charlotte Kline, so., 50 freestyle; 100 breaststroke

Outlook: The Danes finished 18th at state a season ago. Gustke said the Danes are a young team this year, with their strength being their divers and the amount of depth they have in nearly all events.

 

Manitou Springs

Coach: Roy Chaney (10th season)

Returning athletes: Madeline Butts, sr., diving; Kaitlyn Davidson, sr.; Jaycie Kaltenbacher, sr.; Sage Stevens, sr., 100 butterfly; Molly Arndt, jr., 50 freestyle; Kaitlyn Cashdollar, jr., 100 backstroke/100 butterfly; Sydney Dolloff-Holt, jr., 100 breaststroke/100 butterfly/50 freestyle; Ava Keller, so., 100 backstroke; Julianna Rizo, so.; Coco Stevens, so., 50 and 100 freestyle

Outlook: The Mustangs placed sixth in the 3A state meet a season ago, but lost a handful of talent due to graduation. Chaney said the team is young this year, but "so far they look like quality swimmers and are very motivated." Chaney also said he thinks the team has more depth and may even be stronger than last year with the return of state swimmers Dolloff-Holt, Coco Stevens, Cashdollar and Sage Stevens.

 

St. Mary's

Coach: Brigid Webb (first season)

Returning athletes: Haley Bohannon, sr.; Retta Smith, sr., diving; Grace Arnold, jr.; Caitlin Cairns, so., 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke

Outlook: A season ago the Pirates finished eighth as a team at the state's inaugural 3A meet for girls' swimming. While St. Mary's may be a small team, Webb said that the team has "a lot of heart." The Pirates aim to get two relay teams back to state.

Notes: Senior Haley Bohannon is returning this season after undergoing surgery on her rib cage last year. Sophomore Caitlin Cairns is training for her Junior National cut, according to Webb.

Not reporting: Air Academy, Harrison, Mitchell, Sierra, Pine Creek, Fountain-Fort Carson

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