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Divers Mills, Lewis pave the way

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Evergreen High places third at the Jeffco Invitational

By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — Bailey Mills and Katrin Lewis may be only 10th-graders, but they’re already making a name for themselves on the diving platform for the Evergreen Lady Cougars. They did so again Jan. 18 at the Jeffco Invitational, placing second and third respectively in the 1-meter diving competition at George J. Meyers Pool.
Mills finished with 386.35 points, and Lewis scored 377.7. They were tops among 4A competitors in the meet. Chatfield’s Averly Hobbs won going away with 452.4 points.
“The divers were big standouts today. They’re really just improving. They’re both sophomores. They both just keep getting better and better, and they’re going to be a huge factor for us at state,” Evergreen head coach Jeanne Godaire said.
Overall, Evergreen, despite the absence of top swimmers Kamryn Holland (illness) and Lindsay Morrow (college trip), placed third with 302 points. That was best among 4A schools.
Ralston Valley edged Grandview for team honors with 310 points to the Lady Wolves’ 309. Evergreen’s other second-place individual finish came in the 50-yard freestyle. Bailey Smith, who later added a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle — the same race in which teammate Katelyn Kenchel came in fourth — finished in a time of 25.1 seconds. She was 0.2 seconds back of Thompson Valley’s Eryn Eddy.
“I couldn’t really see her. I just focused on racing and hoped that I would win. It was a good race,” Smith said.
Kenchel added an eighth-place swim in the 200 freestyle. Josie Pearson was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 9.76 seconds and fifth in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.28. In the breaststroke, she finished behind Mackenzie Atencio of Ralston Valley (1:06.68) and Dakota Ridge’s Ali Borelli (1:09.41). She competed in the 100 breaststroke because she hadn’t gotten a state-qualifying time yet in the event and wanted one just in case she were to swim it at state.
“I felt pretty strong. This was kind of a new race. I usually swim the (200) IM (individual medley) instead of this race. It’s a little different,” Pearson said.
“We were trying to get some girls qualified in some events,” Godaire said. “Our relays had totally different lineups because we didn’t have some girls at the meet. We tried to put together the fastest lineup that we could for the meet.”
Anna McDonald added a pair of top-five finishes. She placed fourth in the 200 IM in 2:13.26 and fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.88. Kate McDonald was fifth in 200 IM in 2:13.82.
“It’s nice to have such hard competition, especially from the 5A schools. You can really push yourself to try to keep up with them,” Anna McDonald said.
Evergreen’s three relay teams — the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay — all finished fourth.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.