AURORA | Twelve teams take the pool on Saturday for the annual Smoky Hill Invitational girls swim meet.

The 24th edition of the event features an almost identical field as last season, when coach Scott Cohen’s Buffaloes finished third behind Chaparral and Heritage.

All three teams vie again this season in the meet, which has swim prelims scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and diving prelims slated for 1 p.m. Finals for both swimming and diving begin at 5 p.m.

Smoky Hill’s Julia Song is the defending meet champion in the 100 yard freestyle, while the Buffaloes also have back Song, fellow senior Melanie Vasina and junior Gaby Antunez back from a 200 yard freestyle relay team that set a meet record in the event last season of 1 minute, 41.48 seconds.

Cherokee Trail — which finished eighth last season — and 11th-place Eaglecrest return to represent Aurora schools. The Cougars return seniors Grace Grigereit and Samantha DuFour, who each scored individually last season, while the Raptors had no individual championship or consolation finalists.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel


Saturday, Jan. 17 at Smoky Hill High School

Schedule: Swim prelims, 8:30 a.m.; Diving prelims, 1 p.m.; Swim & Dive finals, 5 p.m.

Teams: Broomfield, Castle View, Chaparral, Chatfield, CHEROKEE TRAIL, EAGLECREST, George Washington, Heritage, Legend, Mountain Vista, Ponderosa, SMOKY HILL

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...