Pirates to host league swim meet

Posted 2/3/09

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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Pirates to host league swim meet


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 per preliminary.

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 second session.

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. 6.

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 p.m.

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 longer.

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 begins.”

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 competition.

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 challenge.”

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 sport.


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