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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Colorado Girls Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted Here (12-31-2015)

Valor and Fairview start the new year and new season at the top of the rankings with others in pursuit.  Fairview starts with over a 100 point jump on Regis, while Valor has a much more narrow 30 point lead over Cheyenne Mountain.   

At this point the question has to be asked about impact of the Olympic Trials this summer, and kids that have opted not to swim high school this year to focus in on that effort....  Is it crippling teams that could be stronger?? Those that have their full teams seem to have a definite advantage so far.  

Big meets in January outside of the League/State meets:

Jan 8/9 - Mountain View, (Mountain Range) Mustang, Mountain Vista Invitationals

Jan 15/16 - Arapahoe, (Pueblo County) Hornet & Smoky Hill Invitationals
Jan 22/23 - Jeffco & Boulder County Invitationals

Next Rankings Published - Week of Jan 11th

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Boys & Girls Swimming: NISCA Awards All-American Certification to Athletes

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) has recently announced their annual All-American honors, and Colorado has it's share of recipients.  The awards are determined first based upon times/scores that coaches submit at the end of the season and that meet a very high consideration time or score standard. After the submission window closes, the Top-100 times/scores are ranked and awarded. 

Colorado had strong representation in the lists and had the 9th highest overall number of recipients with the following stats:

Colorado (9th):
  Boys - 12 Relays, 28 Individuals, 3 divers, 79 splashes earned All-American status
  Girls - 10 Relays, 28 individuals, 4 divers, 72 splashes earned All-American status
  Overall - 151 splashes earned All-America standing

2015-16 NISCA High School Swimming and Diving All-American List

NISCA also awards Academic All-Americans based upon submitted athletes who have a 3.75 cumulative GPA as of their first semester of their Senior year.  Colorado had a significant number of student athletes qualify for this honor as well.  Colorado had 6 boys and 33 girls earn this prestigious award.  For the boys, Cheyenne Mountain and Fossil Ridge led the way with 2 boys each, while 8 girls from Fairview and 5 girls from Monarch, Mountain Vista, and Fossil Ridge had the highest counts.  

2015-16 NISCA High School Swimming and Diving Academic All-American List

Boys Swimming: Grandview boys land three NISCA/Speedo All-American awards for 2015 season

Courtney Oakes - Aurora Sentinel

Girls Swimming: Fairview's Freeman gets Olympic Trials cut in Oregon

Adam Dunivan -

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boys Swimming: Final results from the 5A and 4A boys swim and dive state meets


Boys Swimming: Fossil Ridge Knocks Off Regis Jesuit For Colorado Boys 5A Swimming and Diving State Championship Title

By Emily Sampl - Swimming World Magazine

Boys Swimming: Cheyenne Mountain Takes Home Colorado Boys 4A Swimming and Diving Title

By Emily Sampl - Swimming World Magazine

Boys Swimming: Colorado Boys 4A Champs: Records Fall as Cheyenne Mountain Ends Air Academy's Win Streak

By Karl Ortegon -

Boys Swimming: Colorado 5A Boys Champs: Fossil Ridge Victorious; Regis Jesuit Unable to Complete Four-Peat

By Karl Ortegon -

Boys Swimming: Hunter Doerr has Air Academy on the map at 4A state swimming

By Kent Mincer -

Boys Swimming: Raptors rewrite the record books at 4A meet

By Jon E. Yunt -

Boys Swimming: Fossil Ridge wins 5A boys swimming state championship

By Quentin Sickafoose - The Coloradoan

Boys Swimming: Boulder's Feiler takes gold in 50 free

By Dan Mohrmann -

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015 Boys State Post-Prelim Rankings

This is why prelims matter...  Based on Friday's prelim session, the top 2 teams have established a very solid lead.  In 5A, Regis put themselves in contention for a title after coming into the meet at 5th place, while Cheyenne Mountain looks very hard to beat in 4A and may dethrone Air Academy who had some stellar individual swims.  

   4A Team Rankings   5A Team Rankings
1. Cheyenne Mtn.3691. Regis295
2. Air Academy3232. Fossil Ridge287
3. Thompson Vall.1823. Cherry Creek198
4. D'Evelyn1744. Boulder182
5. Silver Creek1635. Arapahoe156
6. Disc. Canyon1446. Fairview150
7. Valor Christian1167. Highlands Ranch121
8. Estes Park918. Chatfield112
9. Greeley Central909. Ponderosa109
10. Green Mountain8810. Grandview106
11. Montrose8011. Lewis-Palmer97
12. Golden7812. Smoky Hill81
13. Glenwood Spr.6313. Pomona67
14. Mountain View4814. Coronado67
15. Mullen4115. Heritage63
16. Wheat Ridge4116. Rampart37
17. Thomas Jefferson4117. Lakewood36
18. Pueblo County3418. Greeley West31
19. Standley Lake3219. Bear Creek27
20. Pueblo West2920. Cherokee Trail19

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Final 2015 Boys (Psych Sheet) Rankings

Here are the top 20 team rankings based solely upon the 4A psych sheets and the 5A psych sheets:

    4A Team Rankings     5A Team Rankings
1.  Cheyenne Mtn. 358 1.  Boulder 254
2.  Air Academy 309 2.  Fossil Ridge 229
3.  Thompson Valley 250 3.  Fairview 185
4.  Silver Creek 182 4.  Cherry Creek 178
5.  D'Evelyn 168 5.  Regis 171
6.  Disc. Canyon 152 6.  Arapahoe 144
7.  Montrose 105 7.  Grandview 142
8.  Green Mountain 104 8.  Chatfield 131
9.  Golden 99 9.  Highlands Ranch 127
10.  Estes Park 91 10.  Smoky Hill 97
11.  Glenwood Springs 78 11.  Lewis-Palmer 89
12.  Greeley Central 76 12.  Pomona 86
13.  Valor Christian 73 13.  Ponderosa 77
14.  Mullen 53 14.  Lakewood 74
15.  Pueblo County 41 15.  Coronado 43
16.  Denver South 31 16.  Broomfield 31
17.  Wheat Ridge 31 17.  Palmer 31
18.  Pueblo West 31 18.  Cherokee Trail 28
19.  Mountain View 29 19.  Bear Creek 27
20.  Longmont 17 20.  Doherty 25

Boys Swimming: Thompson Valley divers upholding tradition

By Mike Brohard - The Reporter-Herald

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 10 Colorado Boys HS Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted!

Colorado Boys Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted Here (5-10-2015)

Top-3 4A - Cheyenne Mountain, Air Academy, Thompson Valley
Top-3 5A - Boulder, Fossil Ridge, Fairview

Now that league meet results are in, the State meet looks about the same in 4A, but in 5A, Fossil Ridge and Fairview have now moved into the top 3, though you can bet that at the meet, both Cherry Creek and Regis will have something to say about it.  These teams traditionally do not swim their fastest swimmers at league, so be forewarned...  You still have to swim the meet!!  It's one thing to come in with a high ranking, but another to execute and to even rise above it.  In 4A, there was some shuffling of the top 10 as well, so both meets look to be a lot of fun to see how it all plays out!  One more set of rankings will be published right after the psych sheets come out around Tuesday/Wednesday this week.  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Boys Swimming: No Rankings This Week (5-5-2015)

Data relatively unchanged in top 20. New rankings on Sunday after league meets and then another after psych sheets are posted!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Boys Swimming: Behind Healthy Coffman, Cherry Creek Boys Swimming Wins Inaugural Eagle Invite

By Kevin Carmody -

April 28 Colorado Boys HS Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted!

Colorado Boys Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted Here (4-28-2015)

Top-3 4A - Cheyenne Mountain, Air Academy, Thompson Valley
Top-3 5A - Boulder, Cherry Creek, Regis

Both 4A and 5A look to be competitive with lots of other teams not far behind!  Should be a great State Meet in both cases that could come down to performance not only in Finals, but Prelims too, as having a couple of guys miss Finals that land in Consols could definitely sway the meet one way or another.  Relays will also obviously be critical - first, not to get DQ'd, second, to cover the 3 relays as strong as possible.  Saving some "horses" in prelims may be something that helps going into finals.  Definitely going to be a meet where coaching will have a role in the final result!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 21 Colorado Boys HS Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted!

Colorado Boys Swimming and Diving Rankings Posted Here (4-21-2015)

Since it appears that many people appear to be coming to this site for current rankings, I will go ahead and continue to post rankings here.  I was reluctant to post anything, and didn't do so publicly during the girls season because it's been said that some coaches didn't "like the rankings and that it will ruffle feathers".  I've also been told specifically not to publish rankings because it would "spoil the surprise"

After a lot of consideration, and in grand scheme of things, this is about the kids and the teams getting publicity for all of the work that they do.  It generates buzz and excitement about the sport that we love!  If it ruffles a few feathers because some team cannot "sneak up" on another team, so be it.  In today's media world, not much of anything is a secret any more, and if a team or athlete wins, hopefully it's because they beat all-comers, and not because of some administrative gaffe. This resistance is really tired and old-school.  Get over it...

Finally, most every other sport does rankings by opinions.  This is *NOT* how these rankings are done. These rankings are strictly taken from data that is required to be submitted to MaxPreps (much more than the Top-20 event rankings there too)!  The team rankings are derived from taking the top two events of each swimmer and scoring events based upon those places, as well as relays and 11-dive scores from diving.  This is pure numbers and facts - no opinions here, which makes it better and more realistic! There is no charge for this, and it's hoped that media outlets see this as a tool that they can depend upon to augment news about the kids and teams that deserve it! Remember, you always have to swim the meet, so while this may serve as an attempt to predict the state meet, it isn't worth anything once the meet starts!

Good luck to everyone!!