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1-6: Girls swimmers who ought to be in the postseason mix

Jan. 23—The girls' swim season is nearing its end — which sounds ominous when said out loud, but it actually should be quite a nice time for area swimmers.

Coming off last winter, when 18 chlorinated locals made an all-state team, and five individuals and one relay won state titles, the outlook heading into the sport's final turn appears, once again, strong.

As of Monday night, swimmers from the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts owned 79 top-10 times across the sport's three classifications. Of those, 25 of them were good enough to be inside the top 10 in the entire state. Eight were the best times inside a respective classification.

With conference championships next week, followed by the 4A (Feb. 6-8), 5A (Feb. 7-9) and 3A (Feb. 9-10) state meets at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, let's take a deeper — oh my yes, dive! — into some numbers.

1 — Longmont's Jordan Bindseil is the lone solo returning state champ, a year removed from being one of five area winners in 2023.

The senior won the 4A 100-yard freestyle last February (51.57 seconds), and came into the week seventh in the classification after racing it for the first time this season over the weekend at the St. Vrain All City meet (54.09).

Bindseil also has the top 4A time in the 50 freestyle (24.09), an event she placed second at last year's state meet. She is third in the 100 butterfly (58.84).

2 — The state's top-two times in the 100 fly belong to Fairview's Amelia Mason (55.04) and Legacy's Isabella Forsman (56.36).

Those marks add further intrigue to the Front Range League championships (Feb. 2), then the 5A state meet, where the two will potentially face off for gold.

Last year, Fairview grad Edith Simecek won the 5A fly with a time of 53.57. Mason was third, Forsman sixth.

Meanwhile, Centaurus' Virginia Walsh currently has the state's ninth-fastest time in the event at 58.01, which is second-best in 4A.

3 — Along with the fly, the 200 freestyle has three locals with top-10 times in the state.

Fairview's Morgan Cady has the seventh-fastest mark (1:53.75) after she edged Forsman (1:54.06), with the eighth-best time, at the Boulder County Invite on Jan. 13.

Broomfield's Ridley Hagerman has the ninth-fastest mark (1:54.52), which is good for second-best in 4A.

4 — Fairview junior Amelia Mason will be the headliner going into the 5A state meet, with Colorado's fastest times in four individual events.

The University of Tennessee commit put down the best mark in the 100 backstroke (55.34 seconds), the 100 butterfly (55.04), 100 freestyle (50.25) and 50 freestyle (23.16) this season.

5 — Five teams are projected to finish in the top five at state, per PrepSwimCo.com, which plugs current times into the state meet format.

Broomfield is ranked second behind Pine Creek in the 4A classification. The Eagles have 15 top-10 4A times, including the second-fastest times by Hagerman in the 200 freestyle (1:54.52) and by their 400 free relay (3:39.62).

Behind them in 4A, Centaurus is third. Walsh leads the Warriors with five top-five 4A times, posting the fastest mark in the 100 backstroke (56.97), and the second-quickest times in the 100 freestyle (52.32) and 100 fly (58.01).

Monarch, winners of the 200 medley relay a year ago, is fifth in 4A. The Coyotes have nine top-10 times in the class, including the best time in the 100 breaststroke from sophomore Audrey Shambo (1:05.32).

Holy Family is third in 3A, thanks much to Lorelai Frauenfelder. The sophomore has top-five times in six of the classification's individual events and the fastest mark in the 200 IM (2:11.11). Last year, she took second in the 100 freestyle, an event she's currently third in 3A (54.54).

Fairview is projected third in 5A, behind Regis and Cherry Creek. Mason is arguably the best swimmer in the state, and with her the Knights have at least one top-10 time in 10 of 12 events.

6 — Six of the top-10 divers in 4A are either from the Boulder or Longmont area.

Niwot's Elizabeth Fay and Silver Creek's Leslie Broz posted the best 11-dive scores in the classification at the Boulder County Invite, with Fay winning with 485.95 points, followed by Broz's 481.40. Broomfield's Lola Guthrie was third there, posting 4A's fourth-best score of 452.45.

Rounding out the top 10 is Silver Creek's Savannah Wolf (seventh, 434.40), Monarch's Taylor Younkin (ninth, 412.85) and Silver Creek's Haley Lindberg (10th, 412.65).