THORNTON | There was just about no beating Will Goodwin at Saturday’s Dick Rush Coaches Invitational, in or out of the water.
The Regis Jesuit senior won both of his individual events at the multi-classification gathering at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center — including a six-second victory in the 200 yard individual medley — but he also came away with the big prize for senior swimmers in the state of Colorado.
Goodwin emerged from a group of four finalists as winner of the annual Hoyt Brawner Award, chosen by coaches to recognize the top senior swimmer/scholar/citizen in Colorado.
It has become a regular honor for Aurora swimmers, as Eaglecrest’s Tylen Phillips (who swam with Smoky Hill) won it last season, Devin Bellamy (another Eaglecrest student who dove for Smoky Hill) took it in 2016 and Regis Jesuit’s Hennessey Stewart collected the award in 2014.
Recently returned from a sectional meet, Goodwin dropped nearly four seconds from his prelim time in the 200 IM to win in a blazing 1 minute, 50.38 seconds, while he also swam faster in the finals for the 100 breaststroke with a title-winning time of 56.68 seconds. Goodwin’s wins helped Regis Jesuit handily win the 5A competition at the meet.
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