The Pirates re-entered boys swimming competition March 5 and, despite missing half an already small roster, they won two events and scored a total of …
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The Pirates re-entered boys swimming competition March 5 and,
despite missing half an already small roster, they won two events
and scored a total of 40 points in the dual meet with Arvada.
Englewood had a boys swim team for many years but it faded away
due to lack of participation. Renewed interest of about a dozen
athletes led the school to again field a team.
Unfortunately, conflicting duties resulted in about half of the
boys missing the March 5 competition.
“This is a pretty good showing when you consider we only had
five kids in the water and we have no one on the team with varsity
swimming competition experience,” coach Eric Craven said.
Hopefully, all the swimmers will be available March 13 for the
dual meet with Lakewood and March 17 when the Pirates host the
annual Intra-State 8.
The Pirates invite seven other teams to take part in the
Intra-State 8. Each team has only one entry in each event.
Both the March 13 and 17 meets are at home. Englewood swims its
home meets in the high school pool, at the northeast corner of the
school building. The pool entrance is off the parking lot adjacent
to the school’s tennis courts.
Englewood actually got off to an exciting start March 5 against
Arvada as the Pirates 200 medley relay team of Mike Snell, Eduardo
Velazquez, Nick Steverson and Garrett Heindrich finished first with
a time of 2:41.61.
Later in the meet, the same team took runner-up honors in the
200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:20.69.
Joseph Sampson scored a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle
with a time of 32.46 seconds but Velazquez was the only one of the
Pirates to win an individual event as he took first in the 500
freestyle with a time of 6:49.11.
During a break in the action, Velazquez said he decided to come
out for the team because swimming is fun and he has been swimming
since he was a little kid.
The freshman said the practices for high school swimming are a
little harder than he expected, but so far, he has been able to
keep up with it.
He said his best stroke is the freestyle but he also likes to
swim the butterfly. But he acknowledged swimming the butterfly is
more difficult than swimming freestyle.
“We’ve only been practice a couple weeks but I know I am a
better swimmer now than I was when we started,” he said. “I think
the biggest improvement is in my swimming techniques and, as I work
on those techniques, they should get better and I should go
Teammate Nick Steverson said he joined the squad because he
likes being in the water and he, too, thinks swimming is fun.
Steverson, a sophomore, said he found the practices hard and
demanding at first but he stuck with it and is seeing the
“When we first started practices and we did the 1,000 yards
warm-up, I barely was able to get through it,” he said. “But, I am
stronger and have more stamina now so I can complete the practice
without any pauses.”
Steverson said his best event and his favorite is the
He said the technique just came natural to him because he
learned the breaststroke when he was little. He also likes
breaststroke because he has his head up out of the water to breathe
on every stroke.
Steverson’s other sport is cross country and he manages the
girls swim team.
Steverson likes to run and says running cross country helps him
prepare for the swimming season. He said it is his plan to do some
swimming and some running this summer just to stay sharp for the
two sports he competes in for the high school.
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