South metro area swimmers post strong showings at state


Cherry Creek was third at the Class 5A state swimming championship to lead all teams from the south metro area.

The Bruins finished with 208.50 points, which was 82 points shy of state champion Regis Jesuit. Fossil Ridge was second in the team standings during the meet, which was held May 18-19 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

Arapahoe was the fourth-place team, Highlands Ranch fifth and Ponderosa seventh.

At the Class 4A championships at the Air Force Academy, Valor Christian was the top area team with a sixth-place finish.

Junior Brendan Eckerman paced Cherry Creek with a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.61 and placed fourth in the 200 IM in 1:52.57.

Eckerman’s finish along, with Ponderosa’s Blake Wilton second place in the 100 butterfly, were the highest individual finishes in 5A for area swimmers.

Freshman Clayton Chaplin of Highlands Ranch was third in the diving competition as he totaled 539.45 points while Arapahoe’s Caleb Ives came in sixth.

Wilton, a junior, was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.95 to edge Ty Coen of Regis for the runner-up spot. Wilton was seventh in the 200 freestyle.

The Arapahoe 200 medley relay team of Collin Hayes, Jack Berdahl, Josher Rowe and Ben Brewer was second with a time of 1:33.74.

Gavin Rogers was sixth in the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle to pace Valor Christian in the 4A state meet. Caleb Kim was seventh in the 50 freestyle.


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