AURORA | City teams and athletes won a combined four team state championships and 12 individual state championships in the final weeks of the 2016 spring prep sports season. Here’s a look at one of Aurora’s individual event state winners, the Regis Jesuit Class 5A boys swimming 200 yard medley relay team of senior Simon Barshay, junior Alexander Strepman and sophomores Ty Coen and Elijah Warren:
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REGIS JESUIT’S SIMON BARSHAY, ALEXANDER STREPMAN, TY COEN, ELIJAH WARREN: 5A BOYS SWIMMING 200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY STATE CHAMPION
The Regis Jesuit 200 yard medley relay team of senior Simon Barshay, junior Alexander Strepman and sophomores Ty Coen and Elijah Warren set the tone for the Raiders in the championship finals at the United States Air Force Academy with a performance that got them going on their way to a runner-up finish as a team. The fast foursome deployed by coach Nick Frasersmith cruised to victory in the opening event of the championship finals in a time of 1 minute, 31.88 seconds, which easily gave them Automatic All-American status (1:34.13 is the standard). Regis Jesuit came into the event with the No. 2 seed behind Boulder, but finished with the top time in prelims (1:32.56 as Boulder, the 2015 state champions, was oddly disqualified in prelims when a logo on their suits was deemed to be too large) and bettered that in the finals to win handily over Fossil Ridge. The Raiders won the medley relay at the state meet for the second time in the past three seasons and own six straight top-two finishes in the event. Warren went on to win the state championship in the 100 yard breaststroke later and he and Coen each posted a pair of top three finishes in their individual events, while Barshay finished 11th in his two events and he and Strepman also swam legs on Regis Jesuit’s third-place 200 freestyle relay.