AURORA | Junior-to-be Elijah Warren and two relay teams from the Regis Jesuit boys swim team received national honors for their performances during the 2016 season.
The list of National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA)/Speedo prep All-Americans, the top 100 performers in each event across the country, included good representation from coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders, the Class 5A state runner-up.
Both of Regis Jesuit’s state champions — Warren in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard medley relay team of Warren and fellow junior-to-be Ty Coen, senior-to-be Alexander Strepman and 2016 graduate Simon Barshay — each earned All-American accolades, as did the Raiders’ 200 freestyle relay team of Barshay and fellow 2016 graduates Fischer Basham and Nick Norie and Strepman.
The Raiders’ All-American swims came at the pool at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, which sits at an elevation of 7,258 feet, while most of the other performances around the country came at sea level.
Frasersmith said NISCA/Speedo makes an adjustment for elevation in individual events, so the time of 54.82 seconds that Warren swam at the state meet is adjusted to 54.67, which put him No. 5 in the entire country. Chandler Bray of Avon High School in Indiana set the national record with his time of 52.65.
Warren also earned All-American honors in the 200 individual medley, in which his time of 1:52.93 was adjusted to 1:50.63 and ranked 67th.
Coen, Warren, Barshay and Strepman touched the wall in 1:31.88 to win the 200 medley relay title at the state meet and that time was good enough to put them 14th in the country. A team from the powerhouse Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, led the nation with a time of 1:29.86.
The Raiders’ 200 freestyle relay team — which included Basham, a first-year varsity swimmer who ended up swimming the fastest leg — finished third at the 5A state meet with a time of 1:25.48, which ranked 68th.
All of Regis Jesuit’s All-Americans were part of the Aurora Sentinel‘s 2016 All-Aurora Boys Swim Team.
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2016 COLORADO NISCA/SPEEDO BOYS SWIMMING ALL-AMERICANS
(Rankings in top 100 nationwide)
200 yard medley relay: 14. REGIS JESUIT (Ty Coen, Elijah Warren, Simon Barshay, Alexander Strepman), 1 minute, 31.88 seconds; 37. Fossil Ridge (Danny Kovac, Ross Lannen, Loren Gillilan, Shamzi Alkaff), 1:33.07; 40. Highlands Ranch (Frank Ruppel, Peyton Scherschel, Gabriele Sasia, Darren Woon), 1:33.19; 48. Cherry Creek (Daniel Esayev, Jake Watkins, Alex Sironen, Hunter Fuqua), 1:33.51
200 yard freestyle: 38. Kyle Leach (Cheyenne Mountain), 1:38.19; 39. Griffin Eiber (Arapahoe), 1:38.26; 72. Tommy Baker (Air Academy), 1:39.31; T87. Brody Lewis (Greeley West), 1:39.69; 97. Michael Hinton (Heritage), 1:39.93
200 yard individual medley: 6. Michael Zarian (Fairview), 1:47.24; 25. Danny Kovac (Fossil Ridge), 1:48.79; 67. ELIJAH WARREN (REGIS JESUIT), 1:50.63; T93. Patrick Kelley (Heritage), 1:51.37
50 yard freestyle: T76. Griffin Eiber (Arapahoe), 20.81
1-meter diving: Casey Fellows (Valor Christian); Caleb Ives (Arapahoe); Octavio Lucero (Bear Creek)
100 yard butterfly: 57. Caleb Hicks (Air Academy), 49.08; 65. Gabriel Sasia (Highlands Ranch), 49.19; T77. Brayden Love (Cheyenne Mountain), 49.52
100 yard freestyle: T17. Tommy Baker (Air Academy), 44.60; 37. Griffin Eiber (Arapahoe), 44.95; T75. Keegan Bundy (Denver South), 45.31
500 yard freestyle: 26. Michael Zarian (Fairview), 4:27.28; 64. Liam Gately (Thompson Valley), 4:31.11; 75. Kyle Leach (Cheyenne Mountain), 4:31.52; 97. Ryan King (Montrose), 4:32.65
200 yard freestyle relay: 37. Fossil Ridge (Kris Malinin, Shamzi Alkaff, Mason Fine, Craig Heimark), 1:24.55; T50. Arapahoe (Griffin Eiber, Tyler Speck, Charlie Wiesner, William Torres), 1:24.93; 69. REGIS JESUIT (Fischer Basham, Alexander Strepman, Nick Norie, Simon Barshay), 1:25.48; T90. Heritage (Connor Schieffer, Patrick Kelley, Clint Hemphill, Michael Hinton), 1:25.79; 98. Fairview (Justin Li, Kailash Graham-Bell, Walker Martin, Michael Zarian), 1:25.88
100 yard backstroke: 40. Danny Kovac (Fossil Ridge), 49.40; 73. Gabriel Sasi (Highlands Ranch), 50.01
100 yard breaststroke: 5. ELIJAH WARREN (REGIS JESUIT), 54.67; 54. Brayden Love (Cheyenne Mountain), 56.09; 65. Caleb Hicks (Air Academy), 56.26; 71. Brody Lewis (Greeley West), 56.39
400 yard freestyle relay: 48. Fossil Ridge (Craig Heimark, Loren Gililan, Mason Fine, Danny Kovac), 3:06.40; 54. Fairview (Justin Li, Philip Manoff, Walker Martin, Michael Zarian), 3:06.88; T75. Cherry Creek (Bobby Calkins, Jonah Saya, Alex Sironen, Hunter Fuqua), 3:07.65; T75. Cheyenne Mountain (Jerry Birnbaum, Harrison Buckley, Westin Stieglitz, Kyle Leach), 3:07.65; 95. Air Academy (Tommy Baker, Alex Occhi, Zach Reeder, Griffin Ayotte), 3:08.28; T97. Arapahoe (Griffin Eiber, Tyler Speck, Ben Dufauchard, William Torres), 3:08.38