Ponderosa athlete named Boys Swimmer of Year

Blake Wilton had strong junior season, took second at 5A state meet


Ponderosa junior Blake Wilton was one of the state’s strongest swimmers throughout the season and has been named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Swimmer of the year.

Wilton finished second at the Class 5A state swimming meet on May 18-19 at the Veterans Aquatic Memorial in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.95.

He was seventh in the finals of the 200 freestyle and swam a leg on Ponderosa’s 200 IM relay team and the 200 medley relay. The medley foursome was third in the state and the 200 IM team finished fourth.

Mountain Vista swim coach Rob Nasser tracks the state’s best times and noted that Wilton was dominant most of the season.

“He ranked in the top 20 in five events over the year, and while he didn’t have the state meet he could/should have had, the body of work over the year seems strong to me,” said Nasser. “I feel that Wilton also entered events at the state meet that were competitive.”

In the May 13 rankings prior to the state meet, Wilton’s time of 20.97 was the second fastest in the 50 freestyle, and he was second in the 200 freestyle (1:41.44) and the 100 butterfly (49.38).

He was ranked third in the 100 backstroke (50.44) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (47.97).

“Blake is a diamond in the rough,” said Ponderosa coach Warren Ross. “We are very blessed to have him on the team. Not only his willingness to help others, his competitive nature and his all-around swimming mind, body and spirit is amazing. He has an internal pace clock. I can set a pace for him and he can maintain it no matter what stroke or what distance we are doing.”


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