Kent Denver senior Abruzzo wins two state titles
THORNTON - Dreams can come true, just ask Lauren Abruzzo.
The Kent Denver senior capped off her already impressive prep career with perhaps the second best effort in all of Colorado High School swimming this year next to Missy Franklin Saturday at the 4A State Championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.
Abruzzo was one of just two multiple event winners taking the 100 IM in 2:04.25, and then winning the 500 Freestyle in 4:55.11.
“It feels amazing, I couldn’t have dreamed up a better finish,” Abruzzo said. “I wasn’t expecting that time in the 100 and I am so excited about how things went.”
Abruzzo helped guide her Kent Denver team to a seventh place finish in the state tournament with 121 team points.
Breathing down Kent Denver’s neck was Valor Christian, who wrapped up their season with an 11th place finish.
Behind sophomore Lauren Curtis who swam in two events, Valor finished with 56 team points. Curtis’ 200 Medley Relay team finished in fourth place with a time of 1:53.21. And she later finished in 13th place in the 100 Breaststroke.
“We put in place a bunch of goals at the beginning of the season and there wasn’t a goal we didn’t meet,” Valor coach Rob Nasser said. “We are very satisfied with our season.”
Thompson Valley won the tournament and their fourth straight 4A state title with a score of an even 300. But it didn’t come without a little controversy.
Evergreen, a league rival of D’Evelyn, was forced to forfeit 34 points in the 200 Medley Relay because of a disqualification.
Those 34 points would have won a state championship for an Evergreen team that had to settle for third place with 266 points.
Still, Evergreen senior Lexie Malazdrewicz dominated the tournament and capped off her prep career with nine individual state titles. Malazdrewicz won the 50 Freestyle in 23.63, as well as the 100 Freestyle at 50.15 (both 4A state record times).
Other winners included Cheyenne Mountain in the 200 Medley Relay finishing at 1:45.89. Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Eryn Eddy won the 200 Freestyle at 1:48.34.
St. Mary’s Academy junior Alexa Beckwith was the state’s best diver for the third straight year finishing with a final score of 491.30.
Thompson Valley won the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.54. Pueblo South senior Mary Saiz won the 100 Backstroke in 56.49.
Montrose senior Logan Morris won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:03.60. And Evergreen won the 400 Freestyle Relay in 3:29.02.