Boys Swimming: Hinkley wins often, repeats as EMAC champions

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Junior Nathan Leigh of the Hinkley boys swim team takes a breath during the breaststroke portion of the 200 yard individual medley prelims at the 2017 EMAC Championships boys swim meet on May 12, 2017, at Hinkley High School. Leigh won the finals of the event and helped Hinkley to a second straight EMAC team title. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Hinkley boys swim team is riding a wave of momentum towards the Class 5A boys state swim meet that continued to rise Saturday.

The Thunderbirds — a mix of swimmers from around the entire Aurora Public Schools district — warmed up for the May 19-20 5A meet with seven event wins in their home pool and racked up 392 points to finish well ahead of the other four teams in the field.

Juniors Nathan Leigh (Vista PEAK) and David Griffith (Gateway) won two events apiece individually and coach Beth Himes’ Hinkley team also won both freestyle three relays to keep Northglenn/Thornton at bay and win a second straight EMAC crown.

Leigh captured the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke and Griffith won both sprint freestyle events — setting a league record in the 100 freestyle of 48.24 seconds — to lead the way for Hinkley.

Diver Byron Mayo broke his own EMAC record with a score of 421.85 points, nearly six points better than the mark he set last season.

Hinkley also won comfortably in the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays with Leigh and Griffith swimming on both along with Danyion Reagan, while Isaiah Cheeks contributed to the 200 freestyle win and Darrin Fauser swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay.

AWARDS: In addition to win the meet, Hinkley cleaned up in EMAC awards as selected by league coaches. Himes won Swim Coach of the Year, Bill Thompson was selected Dive Coach of the Year and Jerald Mayo was picked Diver of the Year.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2017 EMAC CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS SWIMMING

Team scores: 1. HINKLEY 392 points; 2. Northglenn/Thornton 339; 3. Brighton 275; 4. Westminster 96; 5. Adams City 72

EMAC individual event champions

200 yard medley relay — 1. Thornton, 1 minute, 46.19 seconds (5ASQT); 200 yard freestyle — 1. Cullen Harverson (Thornton), 2:03.37; 200 yard indiv. medley — 1. NATHAN LEIGH (HINKLEY), 1:58.62 (5ASQT) (meet record, previous 2:00.67 by Matthew Schilz in 2014); 50 yard freestyle1. DAVID GRIFFITH (HINKLEY), 21.87 (5ASQT); 1 meter diving — 1. BYRON MAYO (HINKLEY), 421.85 points (5ASQT) (meet record previous 416.00 by Byron Mayo in 2016); 100 yard butterfly — 1. Blake Olson (ThunderRidge), 52.73 (5ASQT) (meet record, previous 53.43 seconds by Blake Olson in 2016); 100 yard freestyle — 1. DAVID GRIFFITH (HINKLEY), 48.24 (5ASQT) (meet record, previous 49.64 by John Gomez in 2016); 500 yard freestyle — 1. Cal Hartley (Westminster), 5:22.68; 200 yard freestyle relay — 1. HINKLEY (David Griffith, Danyion Reagan, Isaiah Cheeks, Nathan Leigh), 1:34.14 (5ASQT); 100 yard backstroke — 1. Drake Essig (Thornton), 1:03.57; 100 yard breaststroke1. NATHAN LEIGH (VISTA PEAK), 1:02.46 (5ASQT); 400 yard freestyle relay — 1. HINKLEY (David Griffith, Darrin Fauser, Danyion Reagan, Nathan Leigh), 3:35.30 (5ASQT)