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Lady Cougars ready to make a splash

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By Joe Vaccarelli

Evergreen is known for many things, but the high school’s girls swim team is not normally one of them.

Well, those girls are out to change that this year, and they may just be good enough to make some serious noise in Class 4A Jefferson County.

Fresh off a fourth-place finish in the league last year and a top-20 finish in the state, coach Jeanne Godaire is looking to not only equal those achievements, but better them in this, her third year at the school.

“We’re hoping to get to where we place in the top-10 at state,” Godaire said.

To get there, Godaire will ride the experience of her senior standouts Carrie Latimer and Renee Gutberlet, and also hope to get some production out of some freshmen such as potential standout Lexi Malazdrewicz.

Overall, Godaire thinks that the versatility of her swimmers could propel the team to places not seen in a long time.

“We’ve got some good backstrokers and freestylers,” she said. “We’re hoping to break some school records and we’ve got a really good chance to do that. Some of those records have been standing for a long time.”

A good example of the Cougars’ versatility is Latimer, who is a strong sprint freestyler but also finished 10th in 100-meter backstroke at the state meet last year.

The Cougars will also welcome three foreign-exchange students on the team this year.

The three ladies from Morocco, Germany and Kyrgyzstan will all start off on the junior varsity squad as they are still learning their strokes.

This team could definitely give D’Evelyn, Wheat Ridge and Golden, who were the top-three finishers in Jeffco last year, a run for their money.

But, Godaire knows it’s going to be tough to improve off last year’s impressive finish from a year ago.

“The league’s definitely going to be competitive,” she said.