Girls Swimming: Regis Jesuit, Grandview swimmers make list of NISCA/Speedo All-Americans for 2015-16 campaign

on Monday March 14, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink earned All-American honors from NISCA/Speedo individually in the 100 yard butterfly and with the Raiders’ 200 yard freestyle relay team during the 2015-16 season. The University of Iowa signee and member of the Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Swim Team finished second at the Class 5A girls state swim meet in the butterfly and won a state title with the 200 freestyle relay. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Two individuals and a pair of relay teams from Aurora schools earned NISCA/Speedo All-American honors for the 2015-16 girls swim season.

NISCA (National Independent Swim Coaches Association) issued its list of the top 100 performers from across the country who had met the All-American standard in each event during the course of the season and on that list was Grandview’s Mia Wood plus Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink and a pair of the Raiders’ relays.

Coach Nick Frasersmith’s runner-up Regis Jesuit team was led individually by Lenderink, who earned individual All-American honors in the 100 yard butterfly, while the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Lenderink, fellow 2016 graduate Lindsay Painton, senior-to-be Jennae Frederick and sophomore-to-be Meriel Upton and the 400 freestyle relay team of Painton, Upton and seniors-to-be Samantha Smith and Izzy Schultze also made the cut.

on Monday March 14, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Lindsay Painton, a 2016 Regis Jesuit grad, anchored both of the Raiders’ relay teams that earned NISCA/Speedo All-American honors for the 2015-16 season. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Lenderink, Painton, Frederick, Smith and Schulze all earned All-American honors for the 2013-14 season as well. Diver McKensi Austin was the Raiders’ lone All-American in the 2014-15 after a mix-up with the date swimming standards were supposed to be submitted.

Grandview’s Wood, meanwhile, earned her first All-American status in the 500 yard freestyle.

Lenderink — who signed with the University of Iowa during a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony last November — ranked 76th in the country in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.11 seconds, which is altitude adjusted from the actual time of 55.35. Fossil Ridge’s Colleen Gillilan, who bested Lenderink for the 5A state championship in the event, ranks 13th in the country with a time of 53.48.

The Raiders won state championships in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays — both in dramatic fashion with Painton in the water as the anchor — to leapfrog Fossil Ridge to finish second to Fairview in the 5A team standings.

Painton (a Missouri signee), Lenderink and Frederick won their second straight state championship with Regis Jesuit’s 200 freestyle relay, with Upton filling in the spot vacated by 2015 graduate Taylor Wilson. At the state meet, the Raiders clocked a time of 1:35.86 that put them 0.46 of a second in front of Fossil Ridge and put them into a tie for the 60th-fastest time in the nation.

The 400 freestyle relay was even closer, as Painton touched the wall in 3:28.55, which was just 0.17 better than Arapahoe. The relay’s altitude adjusted time of 3:28.08 ranked 52nd in the country. The relay also included Smith — younger sister of Regis Jesuit grad and 2016 Olympian Clark Smith — Upton and Schultze.

Wood came up short of becoming Grandview’s first girls individual state champion with a second place finish behind Fairview’s Brittney Beetcher in the 500. With adjustment for altitude, the Colorado School of Mines-bound standout’s time of 5:00.25 is converted to 4:54.61, which puts her 84th nationally. Beetcher’s adjusted time of 4:51.00 is 38th.

Mia Wood on Monday March 14, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Grandview’s Mia Wood earned NISCA/Speedo All-American honors for the time she recorded in her second-place finish at the 2015-16 Class 5A girls state swim meet. The Colorado School of Mines-bound Wood was also an Academic All-American and part of the Wolves’ Gold Star Scholar Team winner. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Earlier, NISCA announced Wood — the annual winner of the Hoyt Brawner Award as top swimmer/scholar/citizen — and sister April, plus teammates Loghan Thomas and Isobel Griffin as Academic All-Americans and the Wolves as a Gold Star Scholar Team with a top-20 Grade Point Average in the country.

All of Aurora’s All-American honorees were part of the Aurora Sentinel’s 2016 All-Aurora Girls Swim Team.

Arapahoe, Aspen, Boulder, Cheyenne Mountain, Douglas County, Fairview, Fossil Ridge, Heritage, Mountain Vista and Valor Christian also had individuals or relay teams All-American distinction from Colorado.

To be considered for All-American status — which goes to the top 100 across the country in each event — swimmers or divers much achieve certain times or scores during a regularly scheduled interscholastic meet and submit results to be verified by NISCA.

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


(Rankings in top 100 nationwide)

200 yard medley relay: 16. Fossil Ridge (Bayley Stewart, Jayden Glover, Coleen Gillilan, Lesley-Ann Knee), 1 minute, 43.31; 62. Valor Christian (Raili Carter, Brook Landt, Madison Hoehn, Brooke Stenstrom), 1:45.31

200 yard freestyle: 59. Kylie Andrews (Heritage), 1:49.08; T76. Brittney Beetcher (Fairview), 1:49.71j2:

200 yard individual medley: 56. Morgan Friesen (Windsor), 2:02.26; 75. Marie Goodwyn (Cheyenne Mountain), 2:03.09; 78. Katelyn Kenchel (Evergreen), 2:03.17; 86. Cat Wright (Cheyenne Mountain), 2:03.34; 94. Delaney Smith (Arapahoe), 2:03.66

50 yard freestyle: T48. Brooke Stenstrom (Valor Christian), 23.22; 61. Kennidy Quist (Aspen), 23.33; T97. Colleen Gillilan (Fossil Ridge), 23.53

100 yard butterfly: 13. Colleen Gillilan (Fossil Ridge), 53.48; 76. AMY LENDERINK (REGIS JESUIT), 55.11; 81. Cat Wright (Cheyenne Mountain), 55.17; 95. Josie Valette (Boulder), 55.40

100 yard freestyle: 51. Kennidy Quist (Aspen), 50.43; 58. Brooke Stenstrom (Valor Christian), 50.52; 79. Kylie Andrews (Heritage), 50.79

500 yard freestyle: 38. Brittney Beetcher (Fairview), 4:51.00; 84. MIA WOOD (GRANDVIEW), 4:54.61

200 yard freestyle relay: T60. REGIS JESUIT (Amy Lenderink, Jennae Frederick, Meriel Upton, Lindsay Painton), 1:35.86; 84. Fossil Ridge (Lesley-Ann Knee, French Savannah, Cameron Kovac, Bailey Kovac), 1:36.32

100 yard backstroke: 60. Bayley Stewart (Fossil Ridge), 55.18; 77. Natalie Arky (Mountain Vista), 55.51; 96. Elsa Litteken (Douglas County), 55.88; 97. Kylie Andrews (Heritage), 55.89

100 yard breaststroke: T23. Morgan Friesen (Windsor), 1:02.01; T81. Bailey Kovac (Fossil Ridge), 1:03.53

400 yard freestyle relay: 36. Cheyenne Mountain (Cat Wright, Marie Goodwyn, Maggie Tibbitt, Katie Liebscher), 3:26.93; 52. REGIS JESUIT (Samantha Smith, Meriel Upton, Izzy Schultze, Lindsay Painton), 3:28.08; 54. Arapahoe (Gabreece Van Anne, Laurel Eiber, Sarah Siayap, Delaney Smith), 3:28.25; T58. Fossil Ridge (Colleen Gillian, French Savannah, Cameron Kovac, Bailey Kovac), 3:28.42