ARVADA — You want to know why the Evergreen Lady Cougars won a second straight 4A Jeffco League girls swimming championship on Feb. 8. It wasn’t the number of victories — D’Evelyn had twice as many — but rather it was the number of finalists the Lady Cougars had.
Sure, Evergreen scored four victories at George J. Meyers Pool, but it was the sheer numbers in the championship round that led Evergreen to a dominating 603 points. D’Evelyn was a distant second with 425. Golden was third at 258, Green Mountain fourth with 239, Wheat Ridge fifth at 221 and Conifer sixth with 155.
“We have a lot of fast swimmers that can place pretty high in the finals. That’s definitely brought us a lot of points,” Evergreen head coach Jeanne Godaire said.
That’s an understatement.
Sure, Evergreen got league titles from Katrin Lewis in 1-meter diving with 391.55 points, Lindsay Morrow in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 10.84 seconds), Kate McDonald in the 500 freestyle (5:18.32) and the 200 freestyle relay team (1:42.15), but it was more than that. In each of those individual events, the Lady Cougars had three other swimmers in the top eight. Those points added up.
“We definitely have a lot more depth this year. It’s so exciting,” said Morrow, who also took second place in the 100 backstroke in 58.12 seconds.
As a matter of fact, in the eight events that D’Evelyn won Evergreen finished second and either third or fourth in the individual events. The Lady Cougars went two-three-four in the 100 and 200 freestyle.
“Our team has been working really hard,” said McDonald, who was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:18.32. “I’m really proud of our team.”
In all, Evergreen had four finalists in four events, while taking second place in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Bailey Mills placed second in diving with 378.9 points, Anna McDonald took second in the 200 IM (2:14.58), Kara Coughlin was second in the 500 freestyle (5:33.23), Bailey Smith took second in the 100 freestyle (54.10) and 50 freestyle (24.86), and Josie Pearson was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly (1:00.31) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.55).
Evergreen may not have that one single swimmer who can dominate the field anymore like Lexie Malazdrewicz did in recent years, but the Lady Cougars most certainly have more depth than they’ve ever had. That could bode well going into the 4A state meet Feb. 14-15 at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.
“I think we’re poised to do really well. Hopefully the girls get a lot of rest and will be ready to go next Friday,” Godaire said.
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