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Arapahoe senior makes waves

Griffin Eiber is South Metro Boys Swimmer of the Year

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Arapahoe senior Griffin Eiber improved as a swimmer this season.

But it wasn’t like his swimming needed a lot of upgrading.

Eiber won the 100-yard freestyle at last season’s state meet and was a two-time runner-up in the 200 freestyle.

At the 2017 Class 5A state meet on May 13 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Pool in Thornton, he repeated as the 100 freestyle champion with a school record and personal best time of 44.65. He was also first in the 200 freestyle with a winning clocking of 1:39.03

“I felt I could do it again in the 100,” said Eiber. “And I really wanted to win the 200. I got second my sophomore and junior years.”

Eiber, who also holds school records in the 50 and 200 freestyle events, is the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Swimmer of the Year.

“I have definitely improved as a swimmer,” he added. “I have more experience so I’ve learned to race a little bit smarter. Being a little bit older added a little more confidence. Everything has just kind of gone better since my freshman year.

“I’m happy with the season. I was proud of our team. We came a long way.”

Arapahoe coach Mike Richmond has enjoyed coaching and watching Eiber swim.

“He’s elegant in the water,” said Richmond. “You can tell. There were a large number of coaches who came up to me and expressed to me how they enjoy watching him swim. We do too. He’s a hard worker. He’s a great leader and really stepped up this year as a senior. He’s way beyond just about anybody I’ve coached.”

Eiber and his twin sister Laurel have signed to swim at Indiana University.

“I guess I have a lot of improvement to go,” said Eiber. “I’m excited to go there and see what I can do.”

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