The 200-yard freestyle has always been Christian Treat’s favorite race.
On May 16, Treat turned his favorite race into a championship race, winning the Class 4A state title in the event with a time of 1 minute, 41.79 seconds.
“I’ve been working hard for a long time and I just have a feeling of incredible pride,” said Treat, who wasn’t satisfied with just one title, as the Clear Creek senior who swims for Conifer also won the 100 freestyle.
After winning the 200, Treat said the 100 was a little easier to get through.
“Coming into the meet I felt a lot of pressure,” Treat said. “I finished fourth as a freshman, then third and second last year. After winning the 200 free, that pressure really lifted and in the 100 free, I was really able to focus on it and enjoy it.”
Treat opened up an early lead in the 100 and then held on as two Lewis-Palmer swimmers were on either side of him.
“For the first 50, what I did when I took a breath is just close my eyes, because I just wanted to focus on my own race,” Treat said. “For that second 50, yes I did, I opened up, saw where they were and where they were really pushing me. It was great swims with everyone. It was really competitive.”
Treat’s pair of titles helped push the Lobos into fourth-place in the team standings.
“It’s incredible. I’m very proud of everyone,” Treat said. “We looked at each other afterwards as if to say ‘we did it.’ We’re a small team, so for us to have that kind of finish is amazing.”
Treat said that prior to the meet people in the community were showing an interest in the upcoming meet.
“Before I left, all the teachers I knew would come up to me and I’d show them the psych sheet and everyone was just really excited,” said Treat, who will attend Bucknell in the fall. “It’s nice to have that small-school support like that.”
Sawyer Franz placed second in the 200 IM and took third in the 100 backstroke in 53.77 seconds.