SWIMMING NOTES: Rampart finishes fifth in 4A

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Photo - Air Academy’s Aleks Olesiak celebrates after finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke finals Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, during the Colorado 4A Girls State Swimming Championships at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Academy’s Aleks Olesiak celebrates after finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke finals Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, during the Colorado 4A Girls State Swimming Championships at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Rampart takes fifth in 4A

The first year at the Class 4A girls' swimming meet certainly treated Rampart well.

The Rams had six top-five finishes and took fifth with 169 points at the Edora Pool Ice Center on Saturday.

Allana Clarke led the way with third-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (57.19) and 50 freestyle (24.39).

Sister Catriona Clarke added a bronze in the 200 IM (2:09.30) and Edenna Chen was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.45).

Rampart also tied for fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.51) and was third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.46).

"That's really exciting," Rams coach Dan Greene said. "As far as I know that's the highest state finish we've ever had. "So that's a good feeling and the girls should be proud."

Elsewhere, Air Academy finished 13th (67), Pine Creek was 14th (55), Liberty tied for 18th (28) and Coronado finished 22nd (12).

Wright, Clarke just miss state title in 50 freestyle

Cheyenne Mountain's Cat Wright and Rampart's Allana Clarke were in line with Valor Christian's Lindsay Stenstrom in the final meters of the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday but Stenstrom held on to win the event in 23.98 seconds.

Wright finished second (24.07) and Clarke was third (24.39).

"The 50 is just a crazy race," Wright said. "It's like a horse race, I guess. It's the first person to touch the wall and maybe the person who has the longest fingernails wins."

Lindsay's win comes a year after her older sister, Brooke, set the 4A record in the event at 23.22.

Air Academy sophomore finishes second in 100 breaststroke

Aleks Olesiak almost pulled off the biggest upset of the meet when she raced up to Windsor's Morgan Friesen in the 100 breaststroke, but Friesen touched just ahead in 1:03.72 and Olesiak settled for silver in 1:03.99.

"She's right there, I got her," said Olesiak, who also took fifth in the 200 IM (2:09.89). "It was just that touch at the end."

Manitou Springs, St. Mary’s. Discovery Canyon finish top 10

Manitou Springs placed sixth in the first 3A state meet for girls’ swimming and diving.

The Mustangs scored 129 points, seven behind fifth-place Pueblo County.

St. Mary’s took eighth with 120 points, while Discovery Canyon was 10th with 114.

Aspen won the inaugural 3A meet with 209 points.

St. Mary’s freshman Caitlin Cairns continued to impress, taking second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore teammate Kennedy Terry took seventh in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke.

The Thunder’s Brianna Ridings took sixth in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

Fountain Valley finished 18th on the strength of Eliza Rhee’s sixth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 50 free.

Area divers flood top five

After the morning’s diving prelims, St. Mary’s junior Retta Smith sat in fourth place, Discovery Canyon’s Rachel Alexander was sixth and Fountain Valley’s Harriet Townsend was a distant afterthought at 14th.

But all three saved their best performances for the next two rounds.

Smith climbed to second and took home silver with 389.5 points, Alexander (345.25 points) moved up to fourth and Townsend (343.95) leaped an astounding nine places to finish fifth.