Spring Sports All-City 2016: Runner-up Regis Jesuit again dominates All-Aurora Boys Swim Team

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Members of the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team, from left, Regis Jesuit's Elliot Steinberg, Alexander Strepman, Ty Coen and TJ Miller, pose July 5, 2016, at the CCCS Swimming Pool on Lowry. The four helped the Raiders finish second at the Class 5A boys state swim meet after they came into the two-day meet at the U.S. Air Force Academy seeded to finish eighth as a team. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Members of the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team, from left, Regis Jesuit’s Elliot Steinberg, Alexander Strepman, Ty Coen and TJ Miller, pose July 5, 2016, at the CCCS Swimming Pool on Lowry. The four helped the Raiders finish second at the Class 5A boys state swim meet after they came into the two-day meet at the U.S. Air Force Academy seeded to finish eighth as a team. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Others might believe in what seedings before the Class 5A boys state swim meet predict, but not so at Regis Jesuit.

The Raiders had been projected to finish fifth and eighth in the past two 5A state swim meets, yet stood on the medal podium at the end with the state runner-up trophy in hand.

Regis Jesuit’s talent, depth and ability to rise to the occasion at season’s end has long put it at the forefront of Aurora boys swim programs and that continues in 2016, as Raiders captured spots on the Aurora Sentinel’s All-City Boys Swim Team — which is based on performance at the 5A state meet — in all but one event.

Regis Jesuit High School's Elijah Warren on Friday July 01, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Regis Jesuit’s Elijah Warren won an individual Class 5A state championship in the 100 yard breaststroke and swam a leg on the Raiders’ championship-winning 200 medley relay as well. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Coach Nick Frasersmith’s Regis Jesuit team graduated a large group of key seniors in 2015, but again found swimmers who were able to fill the void and keep the program behind only Fossil Ridge — now a back-to-back winner — in the state.

Seniors Simon Barshay, Nick Norie, Fischer Basham and Tommy McCabe, junior Alexander Strepman and sophomores Elijah Warren, Ty Coen, Elliot Steinberg, Sam Jones and TJ Miller garnered All-Aurora spots for the Raiders, while Smoky Hill senior Devin Bellamy finished atop the city on the diving board.

Warren came away as Regis Jesuit’s biggest winner from the two-day meet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as he won an individual state championship in the 100 yard breaststroke and teamed with Coen, Barshay and Strepman for a 5A title in the 200 medley relay.

The group collected national honors for their performances, as they received All-American distinction from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA)/Speedo after the season.

Swimming at a pool with an elevation of 7,258 feet above sea level, no state records were set, although Warren came the closest.

With help on his technique from Frasersmith, Warren went into the final brimming with confidence and touched the wall in an Automatic All-American Time of 54.82 seconds, just off the Colorado state meet record of 54.68 set by Loveland’s Nick Hatanaka in 2013.

“Nick has been helping me tweak my technique and I’m finally starting to get the hang of it,” Warren said. “I felt pretty powerful and strong. I wasn’t pressing myself to get the record, but I thought ‘what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.’ I gave it my all and it was awesome to come that close to the record.”

Warren — who won his first individual state championship — felt the altitude affected him a little bit more in the 200 individual medley, where he still finished an Aurora-best third with an All-American Consideration time of 1:52.93.

Relays have always been a forte of the Regis Jesuit program given its depth and the medley relay bears that out.

Coen led off with the backstroke, Warren followed with the breaststroke, Barshay swam the butterfly and the lanky Strepman anchored with the freestyle as the Raiders finished with an Automatic All-American time of 1:31.88, more than a second ahead of Fossil Ridge.

“I feel like we have a lot of diversity stroke-wise, where you have a little bit of everything,” Warren said. “I love doing the medley relay because of the atmosphere with everybody cheering at the start. I think it got everyone on the team in the right mindset to go out and swim well.”

Regis Jesuit captured third in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Barshay, Strepman, Norie and Basham, who remarkably joined the team for the first time as a senior and gave the Raiders a boost on their way to an All-American Consideration time of 1:25.48. The Regis Jesuit 400 freestyle relay team of Norie, Warren, Miller and Jones capped the meet with a sixth-place finish. The foursome also earned All-American Consideration with their time of 3:09.33.

Individually, Coen again rose to the occasion at the state meet as he topped Aurora swimmers in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke for the second straight season. He finished fourth in both events as a freshman and improved on both results by taking second in the butterfly (he came in seeded ninth) with a time of 50.00 seconds and third with a time of 51.61 seconds in the backstroke (in which he came in seeded 12th).

Norie moved up double-digit spots from his pre-meet seedings to take over the sprinting crown from 2015 Regis Jesuit grad Will Pieseski, as he topped Aurora swimmers in the 50 and 100 freestyles. His top result came in the 100 as he claimed fourth in 46.63 seconds, while his time of 21.59 seconds put him seventh in the 50. Grandview’s Robin Kuebler just missed the consolation finals, but turned in a 21.47 to win the consolation finals to finish two places behind Norie.

While Aurora had no championship finalists in the 200 or 500 freestyle, Regis Jesuit swimmers filled those spots as well in Steinberg and McCabe, respectively.

on Tuesday April 19, 2016 at Smoky Hill High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
As a senior, Devin Bellamy (an Eaglecrest student diving for the Smoky Hill program) set the Centennial “A” League record of 605.70 points and finished an Aurora-best third at the Class 5A state meet. The North Carolina signee was selected 5A Diver of the Year. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Steinberg was seeded 30th in the 200 coming into the meet, but won the consolation finals to finish ninth with a time of 1:43.91, which would have put him seventh had he been in the championship finals. McCabe moved up seven spots from his pre-meet seeding in the 500 to claim 10th in 4:47.84, just 0.15 of a second ahead of Steinberg. McCabe’s time would have put him sixth in the championship finals heat.

Ironically, Regis Jesuit had the best diver in the state over the past four seasons in Kyle Goodwin, a 2015 graduate who won an unprecedented four career 5A boys state diving titles and is now at the University of Missouri.

Bellamy (an Eaglecrest student diving for coach Scott Cohen’s Smoky Hill program) finished second to Goodwin last season and seemed primed to capture the title as a senior, especially after a record-setting performance at the Centennial “A” League Championships in which he set a league record with his score of 605.70 points.

A tough start in prelims put the University of North Carolina signee behind from the start and he ultimately could not catch up to either Bear Creek’s Octavio Lucero (604.65) or Arapahoe’s Caleb Ives (533.30).

Bellamy was selected 5A Diver of the Year and his coach, Erik Seaver, won 5A Dive Coach 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

2016 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS SWIM TEAM

200 yard medley relay: Regis Jesuit (Ty Coen, Elijah Warren, Simon Barshay, Alexander Strepman)*; 200 yard freestyle: Elliot Steinberg, soph., Regis Jesuit; 200 yard IM, 100 yard breaststroke: Elijah Warren, soph., Regis Jesuit*; 50 yard freestyle, 100 freestyle: Nick Norie, sr., Regis Jesuit; 1-meter diving: Devin Bellamy, sr., Smoky Hill (Eaglecrest); 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke: Ty Coen, soph., Regis Jesuit; 500 yard freestyle: Tommy McCabe, sr., Regis Jesuit; 200 yard free relay: Regis Jesuit (Fischer Basham, Alexander Strepman, Nick Norie, Simon Barshay); 400 yard free relay: Regis Jesuit (Sam Jones, TJ Miller, Nick Norie, Elijah Warren)

* — State champion

Honorable mention: Simon Barshay, sr. (Regis Jesuit); Timothy Domashevich, soph. (Smoky Hill); Will Goodwin, fr. (Regis Jesuit); Robin Kuebler, sr. (Grandview); Eric Lammon, sr. (Cherokee Trail); Byron Mayo, soph. (Hinkley); Aidan Mercer, sr. (Smoky Hill); TJ Miller, soph. (Regis Jesuit); Tylen Phillips, soph. (Smoky Hill); Elliot Steinberg, soph. (Regis Jesuit); Joseph Waite, sr. (Smoky Hill); Cameron Weese, jr. (Regis Jesuit); Relays: Grandview 200 yard medley relay (Daniel Schweitzberger, Darius Dinkins, Ryan Wetherbie, Robin Kuebler) & 400 freestyle relay; Smoky Hill 200 yard medley relay (Nick Zahalka, Aidan Mercer, Tylen Phillips, Ethan Evans), 200 freestyle relay (Jordan Scott, Ethan Evans, Tam Nguyen, Joseph Waite) & 400 freestyle relay (Tylen Phillips, Jordan Scott, Aidan Mercer, Joseph Waite)