THORNTON - A pair of Jaguars turned into a pair of fish Saturday at the 4A Swimming State Championships in Thornton.
D’Evelyn junior’s Brenna Bushey and Colleen Olson helped guide the Jaguars to a six place finish at the state tournament held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.
D’Evelyn finished with 144 points, just two points shy of fifth place Pueblo South (146) and nine points shy of fourth place Broomfield (153).
“We had a really good season, we have some talented girls who also worked really hard all season to keep getting better and keep shaving times,” D’Evelyn coach Josh Griffin said.
Bushey and Olson were both very busy on Saturday each competed in four events. Bushey finished second in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.43, mere moments away from Cheyenne Mountain junior Sydney Buckley’s winning time of 56.41.
Olson took third in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.94. The pair also competed together in the 400 Freestyle Relay finishing in eighth.
“I am really proud of the season my team had. All of us were just so committed to getting better and to the team. We just wanted to come out today and have a good showing,” Bushey said.
Thompson Valley won the tournament and their fourth straight 4A state title with a score of an even 300. But it didn’t come without a little controversy.
Evergreen, a league rival of D’Evelyn, was forced to forfeit 34 points in the 200 Medley Relay because of a disqualification.
Those 34 points would have won a state championship for an Evergreen team that had to settle for third place with 266 points.
Still, Evergreen senior Lexie Malazdrewicz dominated the tournament and capped off her prep career with nine individual state titles. Malazdrewicz won the 50 Freestyle in 23.63, as well as the 100 Freestyle at 50.15 (both 4A state record times).
Kent Denver senior Lauren Abruzzo was the only other multiple event winner taking the 100 IM in 2:04.25, and then winning the 500 Freestyle in 4:55.11.
“It feels amazing,” Abruzzo said. “I wasn’t expecting that time in the 100 and I am so excited about how things went.”
Other winners included Cheyenne Mountain in the 200 Medley Relay finishing at 1:45.89. Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Eryn Eddy won the 200 Freestyle at 1:48.34.
St. Mary’s Academy junior Alexa Beckwith was the state’s best diver for the third straight year finishing with a final score of 491.30.
Thompson Valley won the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.54. Pueblo South senior Mary Saiz won the 100 Backstroke in 56.49.
Montrose senior Logan Morris won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:03.60. And Evergreen won the 400 Freestyle Relay in 3:29.02.