The Colorado High School Activities Association released the season's first boys' swimming rankings of the year Thursday, and a quick glance at the Class 4A rankings will reveal that one area swimmer has had an immensely successful season so far.
Pine Creek's Nick Sherman is the top-ranked 4A swimmer in six individual events - the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events, the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM.
The only event in which he is not ranked No. 1 is in the 100 butterfly, which he comes in second behind Cheyenne Mountain's Kyle Leach, but Sherman is not far behind. He trails Leach's mark by just .08 seconds.
Leach is ranked No. 2 behind Sherman in the 50 freestyle by just .46 seconds.
Sherman's efforts helped Pine Creek open the season with a No. 3 rank in Class 4A behind No. 1 Silver Creek and No. 2 Windsor.
Sherman is accompanied by Andrew Bell, Ethan Wich and Joshua-Ryan Lujan, who were also ranked in the top 20 in the year's first release. The Pine Creek 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams are also ranked in the top three. The Eagles' 200 free relay team is ninth.
Pine Creek is undefeated with an overall record of 4-0 and is 3-0 in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League.
Also in Class 4A, the Discovery Canyon boys' swim team ranks sixth, followed by Coronado at No. 7 and the reigning state champion Cheyenne Mountain at No. 9.
In the first round of rankings Cheyenne Mountain came out with four individuals ranked in the top 20 in five different events. Five Discovery Canyon swimmers were listed among the top 20 in seven events. The Thunder's 200 free relay team is ranked second, and the 400 free relay comes in fifth.
Coronado has nine athletes who earned rankings in the first poll, including three divers in the top 12. Andrew Aire is ranked in the top-11 in four different events.
In Class 5A Lewis-Palmer ranks 15th, and Rampart comes in at No. 20.
Lewis-Palmer's Aric Althouse is second-ranked in 5A diving with a score of 516.95, and his teammate Nick Orie is sixth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 breaststroke.
Rampart's Jackson Evanitz earned a top-20 ranking in the 50 freestyle, ranked 13th.