To use an expression favored by Smoky Hill coach Scott Cohen, Aurora girls swimmers from all around brought plenty of fast in the 2014-15 season.
In the wake of the Class 5A state meet Feb. 13-14 at the Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins, eight Regis Jesuit swimmers, two from Grandview and one from Smoky Hill earned their way onto the 2014-15 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Swim Team, which is based on state results.
Coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders turned in another outstanding performance in their quest to win a third straight 5A state title, but Fossil Ridge was even better on that day. The SaberCats won five events and topped Regis Jesuit by 60.
The Raiders’ lone non-relay state championship came from junior diver McKensi Austin, who won her second straight 5A diving title. Helped by a boost from a more generous scoring system for both the girls and boys that made its advent this season, Austin set a 5A state meet record with her 540.305 points, which gave her a winning margin of more than 50 points.
Regis Jesuit senior Taylor Wilson led the city in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, though she had teammates in both championship finals.
The Villanova signee placed sixth in the 100 freestyle final, followed by junior Lindsay Painton just 0.3 of a second behind in seventh and sophomore Samantha Smith in eighth.
Wilson graduates with five event state championships, all as part of relay teams, as she helped the Raiders win the 200 freestyle relay for three straight seasons — including this one along with Painton, junior Amy Lenderink and sophomore Jennae Frederick — and take the 400 freestyle in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Besides their legs of the winning 200 freestyle relay, Painton topped city performers in the 200 freestyle with her seventh place, while Lenderink grabbed a second place in the 100 butterfly.
Smith made two championship finals, with her seventh-place in the 100 backstroke leading swimmers from city schools.
Regis Jesuit’s fourth-place 200 medley relay team included Smith, Frederick, Lenderink and senior Sydney Cutler, who made the All-City team in three of her four varsity seasons as part of Regis Jesuit’s medley relay.
Grandview had a fantastic season, as junior twins April and Mia Wood had a lot do with the Wolves’ ninth-place team showing at state.
Mia Wood won her second consecutive Centennial “A” League championship in the 200 yard individual medley, but did not swim the event at state. Instead, she moved up from fifth after prelims to fourth in the championship heat of the 500 freestyle.
April Wood represented the family in the 200 IM, placing eighth, while the twins swam on the Wolves’ 200 and 400 freestyle relays that made championship finals.
Richey had a very strong season for Smoky Hill, as she teamed up with senior standout Julia Song to give the Buffaloes major point production.
Donning the stuffed buffalo cap before her state race, Richey bettered her eighth-place prelims time of 1:07.87 in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:07.44, good enough for sixth.
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2014-2015 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY GIRLS SWIM TEAM
200 yard freestyle: Lindsay Painton, jr., Regis Jesuit; 200 yard individual medley: April Wood, jr., Grandview; 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle: Taylor Wilson, sr., Regis Jesuit; 1-meter diving: McKensi Austin, jr., Regis Jesuit*; 100 yard butterfly: Amy Lenderink, jr., Regis Jesuit; 500 yard freestyle: Mia Wood, jr., Grandview; 100 yard backstroke: Samantha Smith, soph., Regis Jesuit; 100 yard breaststroke: Jordyn Richey, soph., Smoky Hill
RELAYS — 200 yard medley relay: Regis Jesuit (Samantha Smith, Sydney Cutler, Jennae Frederick, Amy Lenderink); 200 yard freestyle relay: Regis Jesuit (Lindsay Painton, Jennae Frederick, Amy Lenderink, Taylor Wilson)*; 400 yard freestyle relay: Regis Jesuit (Lindsay Painton, Isabella Schultze, Samantha Smith, Taylor Wilson)
* — State champion
Kaylie Breslin, jr., Regis Jesuit (100 yard butterfly); Sydney Cutler, sr., Regis Jesuit (100 breaststroke); Taylor Dirks, soph., Grandview (100 butterfly); Jennae Frederick, soph., Regis Jesuit (200 IM & 100 butterfly); Anne Marie Kenny, fr., Regis Jesuit (1-meter diving); Amy Lenderink, jr., Regis Jesuit (50 freestyle); Lindsay Painton, jr., Regis Jesuit (100 freestyle); Emily Protz, jr., Regis Jesuit (500 freestyle); Isabella Schultze, soph., Regis Jesuit (200 IM); Samantha Smith, soph., Regis Jesuit (100 freestyle); Julia Song, sr., Smoky Hill (50 freestyle & 100 freestyle); Kellyn Toole, sr., Regis Jesuit (1-meter diving); Tori Vale, soph., Regis Jesuit (100 backstroke); Indiya Williams, sr., Eaglecrest (1-meter diving); Mia Wood, jr., Grandview (200 freestyle); RELAYS — 200 medley relay: Smoky Hill (Julia Song, Jordyn Richey, Natalie Rotondo, Gaby Antunez); 200 freestyle relay: Grandview (April Wood, Morgan Ammon, Mackenzie Ammon, Mia Wood) & Smoky Hill (Gaby Antunez, Natalie Rotondo, Melanie Vasina, Julia Song); 400 freestyle relay: Grandview (April Wood, Morgan Ammon, Mackenzie Ammon, MIa Wood) & Smoky HIll (Natalie Rotondo, Gaby Antunez, Jianna Walker, Tia Ling)