Englewood’s swimmers and divers are in home waters Feb. 6 and 7 at the 4A Jefferson County League meet. The meet culminates the regular season, but …
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Englewood’s swimmers and divers are in home waters Feb. 6 and 7
at the 4A Jefferson County League meet.
The meet culminates the regular season, but those who have met
or exceeded state-established standards will go to the post-season
state meet Feb. 13-14 in Fort Collins.
No Pirates swimmer or diver has completed the qualification
requirements so the league meet provides a final opportunity to
advance to state.
There is no limit on the number of individuals a team can enter
in the preliminaries, and schools are limited to two relay teams
Individual swimmers, relay teams and divers are seeded according
to times submitted by coaches.
To accommodate the number of entries in the preliminaries, the
Feb. 6 meet will be divided into two sessions. Teams from Conifer,
Summit, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Englewood are in the first session
while Golden, Centaurus, D’Evelyn and Evergreen will be in the
Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 6 for warm-ups with competition
beginning at 2 p.m. The remainder of the session will be devoted to
swimming qualifications with no diving preliminaries scheduled Feb.
All qualifications are done on a basis of times posted. The top
eight finishers in each event advance to the Feb. 7 championship
finals while those who posted the ninth- through 18th-fastest times
will compete in the consolation finals.
The Feb. 7 meet is split into two sessions. The morning session,
the preliminary and semifinals in diving, will begin at 9 a.m.
Doors open for the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m. with championship
and consolation finals in all events scheduled to begin at 3:30
Englewood has battled through the season with a small roster but
coach Tracey Lonn noted just about everyone who started the season
will be there for the league meet.
The Pirates wrapped up the year with 17 girls on the roster.
Lonn noted only five girls — Alyssa Fellows, Allisa Luker, Julia
Carson, Jenny Schrock and Sarah Kafader — are seniors.
While four of the seniors have been with the team all four
years, this is Schrock’s first season in swimming competition.
She said she wishes the season would go on for a while
The senior said she decided to try swimming when she found out
the team was so short of people this season.
“I just decided being in a sport would help me get into good
physical condition for soccer, so I joined the swimming team,” she
said. “I thought it would be sort of easy but the training was a
lot harder than I expected. However, it strengthens your muscles
and your stamina, which will help me when soccer practice
Schrock swam the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events plus the
backstroke. She said the freestyle events are OK but she likes the
backstroke best because she feels she is best in that event. She
said the highlight of the season so far was when she finished third
in the event in one of the last meets of the season and posted her
fastest time of the year.
The seniors will be missed next season and Lonn said she expects
all her younger swimmers like D’Kolle Mowery to return to help
anchor next year’s squad.
Mowery, a sophomore, said swimming is her favorite sport
because, while it is a team sport, it also is individual
While she is a member of the freestyle relay teams, she said her
favorite event is the individual 100-meter freestyle.
“It is the distance that makes it my favorite event,” she said.
“The sprints wear you out in a hurry because you have to push as
hard as possible the whole race. The 100 is a longer race and
requires mental as well as physical awareness to set a good pace
while reserving energy for a sprint near the end. It’s a
She has been swimming the event since she was a freshman and
noted she has vastly improved in the two seasons she has been with
the team as her best time so far this year is more than 20 seconds
faster than last year’s best time.
Mowery said her only participation in athletics is with the
swimming team because it is fun and so she plans to stick with the
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