AURORA | A variety of senior girls swimmers around Aurora entered their home pools for the last time in competition and were honored in a variety of celebrations Thursday.
Three of the home teams posted victories — Cherokee Trail (vs. Eaglecrest), Grandview (vs. Mullen) and Hinkley (vs. Gateway) — while Overland saw Smoky Hill come in the Utah Park pool and win.
The Cougars swam to a 141-54 win over the visiting Raptors, taking time out in the middle to recognize eight seniors and their parents. (Full Aurora prep sports scoreboard for Thursday, Jan. 19, here)
Cherokee Trail swept firsts in all events, with seniors Elma Spahic (100 yard freestyle) and Carly McLain (100 breaststroke) winning individually. Junior Christie Yee had another strong performance on the diving board with a score of 262.05 points.
Eaglecrest sophomore Kim Nguyen, a 5A state qualifier, got touched out by Cidney Rangel Gomez of Cherokee Trail in the 50 yard freestyle, while she also finished third in the 100 freestyle. Kendra Hirsch posted the Raptors’ other runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Grandview also honored its senior class during a 129-52 Centennial League victory over Mullen.
Coach Karen Ammon’s Wolves swept the relay events and got two wins from Lily Williams (100 freestyle & 100 breaststroke) in a strong victory with lots of swims from underclassmen.
Hinkley’s senior group helped the Thunderbirds post a 123-59 EMAC victory against Gateway.
Coach Beth Himes’ Hinkley team won all three relay events, with two relays anchored by sophomore Emely Canales, who also captured the 100 backstroke.
The Olys won four events, including two from Leigha Kirby.
Smoky Hill sent a primarily junior varsity lineup to Overland and the Buffaloes posted a 130-46 win with the Power sisters playing big roles.
Senior Sarah Power won the 50 and 100 freestyles and freshman Katie Power took the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, while they teamed up to helped the 200 medley relay win as well.
Sophomore Tatiana Cantu posted both of the wins for coach Mike Pineda’s Trailblazers.
Eaglecrest defended its home mat with a 40-37 Centennial League dual win over visiting Cherry Creek in a match that included five forfeits.
The Raptors got off to a strong start with pins by Macallister Sterling (120 pounds) and Tyler Maccagnan (138 pounds)— who just broke into On The Mat’s rankings — along with a major decision victory by 132-pounder Brady Anderson and a forfeit to Morgan George at 126 pounds.
The Bruins went on a run in the middle of the match, however, with five wins in six matches to go ahead by three points. Heavyweight Yigit Topuz and 106-pounder Caeleb Knoll received forfeits for Eaglecrest, which provided the winning points.
Grandview tuned up for the Top of the Rockies tournament with a 67-6 Centennial League dual victory at Overland, a match that featured several matchups of ranked wrestlers.
At 120 pounds, Grandview’s Fabian Santillan — who was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A for the past few weeks — posted a 6-3 decision against Overland’s Isaiah Bradley, ranked No. 6. The Wolves’ Dylan Ranieri (No. 18) won a 10-7 decision against the Trailblazers’ Sean Kelly, No. 9 and Grandview’s sixth-ranked Robert Woods recorded a major-decision against No. 8 Kaelin Chin of Overland.
Armando Santillan (132 pounds), Grady Colgan (160) and Giovanny Beauge (220) won by fall for Grandview, while Grant Bradley’s pin at 106 pounds provided Overland its six points.
Regis Jesuit escaped with a 68-67 overtime win over Douglas County on its home floor.
The Raiders let a six-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter, but outscored the Huskies 7-6 in the extra session to pick up their first Continental League victory.
Junior Sam Bannec and senior Connor Hobbs contributed 13 points apiece and junior Justin Lamb added 11 for Regis Jesuit, which evened its record at 7-7 overall and got to 1-2 in league.
Regis Jesuit moved to 3-0 in the Continental League and reached the 10-win mark on the season with a 71-47 road win at Douglas County.
Sophomore Fran Belibi recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace coach Carl Mattei’s Raiders, who also got 11 from junior Emma Wrede and 10 each from junior Jasmine Gaines and freshman Jada Moore.