The Heritage girls swim team has a lot of youth this season. Coach Tom Byorick is expecting that youth to grow up quickly and help the Eagles to …
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The Heritage girls swim team has a lot of youth this season.
Coach Tom Byorick is expecting that youth to grow up quickly and
help the Eagles to another top-five finish at the state swim meet
Last season, the Eagles placed fourth at the Class 5A state meet
and they finished fifth in 2009. Despite a team with eight
freshmen, Byorick is hoping for another impressive finish this
“We’ve always been blessed with some very talented kids and
still are,” Byorick said. “We’re lot younger this year. We don’t
have any superstars, but we have several kids who are very, very
As the freshmen come into their own, returning state qualifiers
Catherine Hill and Katy Smith, both seniors, are leading the way.
Hill has qualified in the 100 freestyle for this year’s state meet,
and Smith has qualified in the 100 backstroke.
Two freshmen, Mary Hinton and Sam Chacon, already have qualified
for their first state trip. Hinton has posted qualifying times in
the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Chacon is headed to state on times posted in the 100 and 200
“They’ve been a big spark plug,” Byorick said.
The Eagles have six swimmers qualified for state. Byorick said
he believes they can qualify 10.
“A couple others (freshmen) are getting very close to making the
state meet,” Byorick said. “Several upperclassmen keep chipping
Juniors Karen Spofford (500 free) and Kassandra Brisch (100
backstroke) swam at state last year.
Byorick knows if the Eagles want to compete at state they’ll
have to succeed in the relay events. The Eagles finished eighth
overall in the Colorado High School Swim and Dive Coaches
Invitational on Dec. 18, a good measuring stick for the progress of
“I wanted to be a little bit higher, but i think based on how we
did that day it was obviously appropriate,” Byorick said. “Our
relays have been strong throughout the year. For most of the day
our relays were not as clicking as well as they do.”
By the end of the meet, the relays were swimming better. If they
continue to improve, the depth of the team could have the Eagles
back in the top five.
“I think we’re pretty well balanced, to be honest,” Byorick
said. “It’s getting everything to work together on the same day.
Relays are always a priority for us. Come state, we have very high
expectations for them.”
Heritage High School played host to Highlands Ranch Jan. 6 at
the school in Littleton for a swim and dive dual and beat the
visiting Falcons 236-132. In that meet, the Eagles’ relay teams won
the 200-yard freestyle, the 400 free and the 200 medley relay
Shannon Beasley finished second in the 200-yard freestyle.
Hinton won Heritage the 200 individual medley with 2 minutes, 17.25
seconds on the clock. She was second in the 100 backstroke.
Kennah Knowles won the 1-meter diving event with 190.80
Hill won the 100 butterfly with 1:04.17. Laura Fischer was
second in the 100 free. In the 500 free, Graeson Vananne took first
with 5:59.55, while Ericka Patten was second. Patten was also
second in the 100 breaststroke.
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