Entering this season, Rampart girls' swim coach Dan Greene knew he had a talented group of underclassmen.
And so far, the swimmers haven't disappointed.
With freshman Lindsey Immel as a standout swimmer, the Rams were ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by PrepSwimCo.com in the season's first state rankings in swimming and diving -- released last month -- with 265 points. Having the top times in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 46.25 seconds) and 400 freestyle relay (3:32.78) helped put the Rams ahead of defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain by 11 points.
Last season, the Rams finished fifth at state.
Immel is having quite an introduction so far. In her classification, she's ranked fourth in the 100 freestyle (53.14 seconds) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.44). Teammate Edenna Chen has also recorded top-five times. The junior is the top 100 breaststroke swimmer with a time of 1:04.47 while owning the second-best time in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.45.
Elsewhere for the Rams, senior Allana Clarke posted the second-best time in the 100 butterfly (57.32), while freshman Johanna Miller recorded a 1:07.62 in the 100 breaststroke for the fifth-best time. Also, Catriona Clarke is fourth in the 200 medley (2:12.16).
Unsurprisingly, Cheyenne Mountain is right behind Rampart with talent and top finishes.
In her last high school season, Cat Wright is set to earn more glory at the state meet. She owns the top times in the 200 freestyle (1:54.03) and 500 freestyle (5:14.52). In the latter event, teammate and sophomore Frances Hayward is right behind Wright with a time of 5:18.48.
Hayward also owns a 1:59.06 in the 200 freestyle, enough for fifth overall. Indian junior Sophia Bricker is right behind Chen in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.79.
Cheyenne Mountain has posted the third-best time in the 200 medley relay in 1:51.77, and the fourth-best times in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.48) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.74).
Lewis-Palmer earns top 5 ranking in 5A
Lewis-Palmer was the only school from the Pikes Peak region to earn a top spot in the Class 5A rankings, sitting at No. 5.
Junior Meredith Rees is the Rangers' top swimmer, as she has the top time in the 100 freestyle (51.15). In the 200 medley, she's fourth after clocking in 2:06.51. Teammate Savana Trueb is ranked fourth in 1-meter diving.
Other top-ranked times
Other top swimmers include Coronado's Mia Shaeffer (100 butterfly, 59:35, fifth), Air Academy's Aleks Olesiak (100 breaststroke, 1:05.44, third), Pine Creek's Avery Dinnel (diving, second) and Pine Creek's Erin Esty (diving, fifth) in 4A.
In 3A, Manitou Springs senior Sydney Dolloff-Holt leads the way in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.57, first) and 200 individual medley (2:13.68, second) while St. Mary's sophomore Caitlin Cairns is also a top swimmer in the 50 freestyle (25.34, fourth) and 100 butterfly (59.6, second).
Also, Discovery Canyon's Ava Giesbrecht (500 freestyle, 5:22.93, fifth) and Noel Clayton (100 breaststroke, 1:11.97, fifth) have recorded impressive times. In diving, Discovery Canyon's Rachel Alexander and St. Mary's Retta Smith are second and third, respectively.