The end kind of snuck up on Krista Lance.
Lance, along with the rest of the seniors on the Evergreen squad, lined up after the diving portion of the Jan. 25 girls swim meet against Summit to get a rose and a hug from coach Jeanne Godaire.
It went in the books as an easy 130-53 victory for the Cougars, although it was bittersweet considering it was the last time Lance and the other seniors will represent their school at their home pool.
“It’s really kind of sad, actually. It’s our last home meet,” Lance said. “We still have state and stuff and I’m not going to stop swimming forever and I’ll be swimming next year, but it’s sad that it’s the last one here.”
Lance hopes to be swimming next month in the Class 4A state championships if she can drop her time and qualify. Lance still has the annual Husky Invite at Platte Canyon before the Jefferson County League Meet.
“I’m trying to get to state. I haven’t made state yet in the 50 free,” Lance said. “This season I haven’t been below a minute yet for the 100 free and I did that last year, so I’m trying to do that again.”
If the times aren’t met in Saturday’s upcoming Husky Invite, there could still be some records broken on the trip home. That’s when, according to sophomore Lily Werthan, the squad renews its quest to find out who can stuff the most pieces of Bubblicious gum in their mouth.
The record so far? Twenty-nine pieces.
And how far has Werthan gotten on equaling the mark?
“Not very far,” she said.
In all fairness, Werthan is probably focusing more on dropping her time and qualifying for state, although she admits that won’t likely happen until next season.
On Friday, Werthan lead the entire race in the 100 breaststroke but had Summit’s Agne Maziliaus right on her tail after the final turn. That led to a lot of screaming from teammates outside the water and a strong finish that was surprisingly low on anxiety.
“I don’t really get nervous once I’m in,” Werthan said. “I’m nervous before and after but not when I’m in them.”