Arapahoe, with a diligent effort from junior Delaney Smith and a strong finish by the Warriors' 400-yard freestyle relay team, earned a third-place finish in the Class 5A State Swimming Championships on Feb. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton.
Meanwhile, at the Class 4A meet Feb. 11 at the Eldora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins, Heritage junior Kylie Andrews won two events, helping her team finish fourth, and now owns three state championships in the past two seasons. She won the 5A 100-yard freestyle last year.
Fossil Ridge won the 5A state title with 390 points, followed by Fairview at 334. Arapahoe broke a tie with Regis Jesuit by coming in second in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which was the last event of the meet. The Warriors had 221 points and Regis 219.
“We were state champions in 2001 and 2002, and I can't say enough about what a special team this was,” Arapahoe coach Mike Richmond said. “I'm very happy with third. Coming in numbers wise based on seeding it would be tough to catch Fairview and Fossil Ridge. It's based on times.
“It's always exciting to get to state with these girls. It was an exceptional experience and something they will always remember... We were tied with Regis, so whoever won the relay was going to get third.”
Smith, the defending state champion in the 200 individual medley, was second in the 200-yard freestyle, third in the 100 breaststroke and both those events were coupled with her swimming legs immediately before or after on relay teams.
Arapahoe's 400-yard relay team with Smith swimming third was second, with Regis touching third to boost the Warriors into third place.
Cherry Creek was seventh with 104 points.
Andrews captured 4A titles in the 100 free with a 50.59 clocking and was first in the 100 backstroke in 55.67, which just edged Audrey Reimer of Fort Collins. She also swam on two Eagles relay teams.
“It feels great to win the state championships,” Andrews said. “There was great competition in every single meet. My teammates were behind me in every single one and it just feels very accomplishing.
“I felt I performed very well because I had a lot of competition. I was pushing really hard in the water and had a really good day.”