Spring Sports All-City 2015: Big finish to season for All-City Boys Swim Team

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Members of the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team pose June 11 at Smoky Hill High School. Back row, from left, Regis Jesuit seniors Will Pieseski and Quinlan Stuart and freshman TJ Miller. Front row, from left, Smoky Hill senior Alex Kohlman, Grandview seniors James Boone and Alex Turner and Grandview sophomore Danny Schweitzberger. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Members of the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team pose June 11, 2015, at Smoky Hill High School. Back row, from left, Regis Jesuit seniors Will Pieseski and Quinlan Stuart and freshman TJ Miller. Front row, from left, Smoky Hill senior Alex Kohlman, Grandview seniors James Boone and Alex Turner and Grandview sophomore Danny Schweitzberger. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Regis Jesuit saw its stranglehold on the Class 5A boys state swimming championship slip in 2015, while Aurora’s swimming strength was more spread out.

Seeking a 20th state championship in 21 seasons, the Raiders found surging Fossil Ridge to have too much firepower to keep up with at this year’s state meet, May 14-16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Still, coach Nick Frasersmith’s  Regis Jesuit team outswam its pre-meet projection of fifth place and managed to finish second. Six swimmers and a diver from the Raiders appear on the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team, which is based on state results. Joining the Raiders are a Grandview foursome that posted a pair of third-place relay finishes, plus Smoky Hill senior Alex Kohlman.

Members of the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team pose June 15 at the Lowry Pool. Back row, Regis Jesuit senior Chris Morales, left, and freshman Ty Coen. Front row, Regis Jesuit senior Kyle Goodwin, left, and freshman Elijah Warren. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Members of the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team pose June 15, 2015, at the Lowry Pool. Back row, Regis Jesuit senior Chris Morales, left, and freshman Ty Coen. Front row, Regis Jesuit senior diver Kyle Goodwin, left, and freshman Elijah Warren. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Diver Kyle Goodwin had the highlight of the state meet for Regis Jesuit, as he won his fourth career state title and did so in state record fashion. Thriving with a new scoring system that rewarded aesthetics and generally boosted scores, Goodwin broke the existing Regis Jesuit record set by Sean Moore, set a Continental “A” League mark and scored 611.85 points at the state meet to establish a standard for all of Colorado.

Goodwin came into high school with a lofty goal of winning four state titles and achieved it, seemingly in the blink of an eye.

“Four years went by so quickly; I wasn’t expecting it to go that fast, but I’m ready for the next chapter,” said Goodwin, who will head off to begin training at his college home, Missouri, in early July.

“It will be different going to the college level, but I’m excited,” he added. “I was looking for a team with spirit like Regis and I think I found that at Missouri.”

Goodwin’s diving title proved to be the only one the Raiders would collect, though senior sprinter Will Pieseski came close to winning another with a his runner-up finish in the 50 yard freestyle.

The Miami University (Ohio) signee followed that up by moving up six slots from his pre-meet seeding to jump over Kohlman and finish fourth in the 100 freestyle.

“I’m super, super happy with how my events went; I don’t know if it could have turned out much better,” said Pieseski, who also swam the anchor legs of the Raiders’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

“For the team we had and the guys we lost last year, I’m just so proud of what we accomplished this season,” he added.

Senior Quinlan Stuart fell short in his bid to repeat as 100 breaststroke state champ, as he swam a time of 56.09 seconds to take second.

Stuart — who has signed with North Carolina State, where older brother and former Regis Jesuit star Hennessey is — rose from a No. 8 seed to take third in the 200 individual medley. As one of the team captains, he was proud of the Raiders’ effort — and quite pleased they finished in front of Cherry Creek, which beat them twice during the season — but not satisfied individually.

“I was not happy at all; I worked really hard through the season and it just didn’t happen,” Stuart said. “That’s fine, I’ll go into NC State (where he’ll help fill a void in the breaststroke) with a good training base I built up. Losing is a part of competition, but you just have to take it.”

Senior Chris Morales contributed to the Raiders’ city-best second place 200 medley relay team that also included Stuart and freshmen standouts Ty Coen and Elijah Warren, while he also swam on the 200 freestyle relay team and scored in a pair of individual events as well.

Unlike the 2014 season, when Regis Jesuit won the championship by 220 points, Morales enjoyed the close feeling of this year’s state meet, where the result of every race were pivotal.

“You’re up, cheering for your boys and you want them to push it to another level,” Morales said. “We went in fifth and came out in second place, which is a huge jump. You couldn’t ask for much more.”

The onus of getting the championship back next season falls to a group that includes a number of impact freshmen this season, including Coen, Warren and TJ Miller.

Coen swam with many of his future teammates in club swimming and it helped him feel very comfortable in his first season with the program. He posted fourth-place finishes to lead Aurora swimmers in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Miller was disappointed not to make it back in the 200 freestyle with a strong prelim performance, but he was thrilled to qualify for the consolation finals in the 500 freestyle. Seeded 37th coming into the meet, Miller rocketed up to a 16th-place finish that gave his team some unexpected points in the event.

Grandview’s relay team of seniors James Boone and Alex Turner, junior Robin Kuebler and sophomore Danny Schweitzberger had a fantastic meet, as the foursome bested Regis Jesuit for the first time in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

The Wolves’ group set the Centennial “A” League meet record in the 200 freestyle the previous week and very nearly won the event at state, but finished third in the close race that saw four teams finish within 0.15 seconds of each other. It was a place drop from their seeding, but they later jumped up two slots with third-place in the 400 free relay.

Boone is off to swim at Purdue and Turner closed out his competitive swimming career, but Kuebler and Schweitzberger should return next season.

Kohlman fully blossomed as a senior, when he said he finally felt like he belonged among the state’s elite swimmers. Kohlman received the Hoyt Brawner Award as 5A’s top swimmer/scholar/citizen at the Coaches Invite and won two league championships a week before state.

At the state meet, the Emory University signee finished a city-best fourth in the 200 freestyle while he finished just behind Pieseski in the 100.

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

2015 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS SWIM TEAM

200 yard freestyle: Alex Kohlman, Smoky Hill, sr.; 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard breaststroke: Quinlan Stuart, Regis Jesuit, sr.; 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle: Will Pieseski, Regis Jesuit, sr.; 1-meter diving: Kyle Goodwin, Regis Jesuit, sr.*; 100 yard butterfly, 100 yard backstroke: Ty Coen, Regis Jesuit, fr.; 500 yard freestyle: TJ Miller, Regis Jesuit, fr.; Relays: 200 yard medley relay — Regis Jesuit (Ty Coen, Quinlan Stuart, Elijah Warren, Christopher Morales); 200 yard freestyle relay — Grandview (Robin Kuebler, Daniel Schweitzberger, Alex Turner, James Boone); 400 yard freestyle relay — Grandview (Robin Kuebler, Daniel Schweitzberger, Alex Turner, James Boone)

* — State champion

HONORABLE MENTION: Coleton Allen, Regis Jesuit, soph. (200 yard individual medley); Simon Barshay, Regis Jesuit, jr. (100 yard butterfly); Devin Bellamy, Smoky Hill (Eaglecrest), jr. (diving); Nicholas Birney, Regis Jesuit, sr. (100 yard breaststroke); James Boone, Grandview, sr. (200 yard freestyle/100 yard freestyle); Timothy Domashevich, Smoky Hill, fr. (diving); Theodore Koerner, Regis Jesuit (100 yard breaststroke); Alex Kohlman, Smoky Hill, sr. (100 yard freestyle); Robin Kuebler, Grandview, jr. (200 yard freestyle/100 yard freestyle); Eric Lammon, Cherokee Trail, jr. (diving); Aidan Mercer, Smoky Hill, jr. (200 yard IM/100 yard breaststroke); Christopher Morales, Regis Jesuit, sr. (50 yard freestyle/100 yard butterfly); Tristan Nation, Cherokee Trail, sr. (diving); Nick Norie, Regis Jesuit (100 yard backstroke); Ethan Stanley, Regis Jesuit (100 yard breaststroke); Garrett Suter, Regis Jesuit, sr. (100 yard backstroke); Elijah Warren, Regis Jesuit, fr. (200 yard IM/100 yard butterfly); RELAYS: Cherokee Trail 200 yard medley relay (Eric Daugherty, Cillian Spierin, Kyle Weis, Kamden Weis); Regis Jesuit 200 yard freestyle relay (Elijah Warren, Alexander Strepman, Christopher Morales, Will Pieseski); Regis Jesuit 400 yard freestyle relay (Coleton Allen, TJ Miller, Quinlan Stuart, Will Pieseski); Smoky Hill 400 yard freestyle relay (Alex Kohlman, Joseph Waite, Aidan Mercer, Connor Salazar)