Girls Swimming: Hinkley’s Connelly sets EMAC diving record, Aurora stands out at league meet

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THORNTON | Aurora had just one winner at the East Metro Athletic Conference Championships girls swim meet, but Hinkley’s Brooke Connelly did it in style Saturday.

The Thunderbirds’ senior piled up 381.20 points on the diving board at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center to win the league title and set a new EMAC record, surpassing the 2012 standard of 378.30 by former Gateway standout Cassie Brozek.

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Connelly won the Aurora Public Schools Championship meet a week earlier and has the Feb. 12-13 Class 5A state meet to look forward to, but she had a league meet to remember. Afterwards, she was selected EMAC Diver of the Year and her coach — Jacob Butler — received the EMAC Dive Coach of the Year honor.

Boosted by Connelly and two other placing divers in eighth-place Kimberly Quinonez and ninth-place Aimee Nguyen, Hinkley finished an all-time best fourth in the EMAC standings, one place behind Rangeview and one in front of Gateway.

Rangeview’s Peter Gerard was voted EMAC Swim Coach of the Year and he helped guide the Raiders to 397 points. Rangeview’s top placer also came on the diving board, where freshman Sarah Mortenson finished comfortably in second place behind Connelly with 363.90 points.

Mortenson qualified for the 5A state meet — the Raiders’ first 5A state participant in six seasons — at the APS Championships.

Gateway’s Jessica Mitchell, last season’s EMAC diving champion, finished fourth on the board with a score of 295.25 points and posted the best individual finish for the fifth-place Olys.

Aurora Central, which finished seventh, one spot ahead of Adams City, posted a fifth-place finish the 400 yard freestyle relay.

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

2016 EMAC GIRLS SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team scores: 1. Brighton 534 points; 2. Northglenn/Thornton 526; 3. RANGEVIEW 397; 4. HINKLEY 231.5; 5. GATEWAY 180; 6. Westminster 141.5; 7. AURORA CENTRAL 87; 8. Adams City 66

1-meter diving: 1. BROOKE CONNELLY (HINKLEY), 381.20 points (EMAC record, previous 378.30 by Gateway’s Cassie Brozek in 2012); 2. SARAH MORTENSON (RANGEVIEW), 363.90; 3. Samantha Chacon (Brighton), 299.45; 4. JESSICA MITCHELL (GATEWAY), 295.25; 5. Sierra Edelen (Brighton), 258.55; 6. BEIMNET MULUGETA (RANGEVIEW), 227.95; 7. MICHELLE SANCHEZ (GATEWAY), 211.50; 8. KIMBERLY QUINONEZ (HINKLEY), 201.00; T9. AIMEE NGUYEN (HINKLEY), 200.80; T9. KATE STOCKINGER (RANGEVIEW), 200.80; 11. SARA ELOUADI (RANGEVIEW), 137.50; 12. Shayna Rivera (Northglenn), 105.20; 13. Savannah Edelen (Brighton) 59.70