RIO DE JANEIRO | Missy Franklin got that Olympic gold medal feeling back Wednesday night. The Colorado Stars club swimmer and graduate of Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School won four gold medals in her Olympic debut in 2012, but had to wait until five days into the Rio Games to claim her first.
RIO DE JANEIRO | Missy Franklin finally got in the pool at the Rio Olympics only to endure another disappointment in the most unsettling year of her career. The usually bubbly American swimmer who emerged a darling of the 2012 London Games with five medals failed to make the 200-meter freestyle final. Franklin finished last in her semifinal heat Monday night with only the 13th-fastest time among 16 swimmers.
AURORA | Two individuals and a pair of relay teams from Aurora schools earned NISCA/Speedo All-American honors for the 2015-16 girls swim season. NISCA (National Independent Swim Coaches Association) issued its list of the top 100 performers from across the country who had met the All-American standard in each event during the course of the season and on that list was Grandview’s Mia Wood plus Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink and a pair of the Raiders’ relays.
AURORA | The Grandview girls swim team continued to succeed as much in the classroom as it did in the pool.
Nearly 1,000 swimmers and Olympic hopefuls headed to Omaha, Nebraska, this week for the U.S. Olympic Trials and a contingent of former stars from Aurora high schools continue to make the most of their trip.
AURORA | Overland’s Alijah Halliburton and Smoky Hill’s Rachel Whipple both earned the highest distinction possible for a prep athlete in the Cherry Creek School District, as they were awarded the Kurby Lyle Award for 2015-16.
The Regis Jesuit girls swim team felt accomplished enough this season with the camaraderie and bond it established in the pool. It just so happened that the Raiders’ talent and closeness combined to produce a satisfying, trophy-filled ending to the Class 5A girls state swim meet Feb. 13 at the Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins.
FORT COLLINS | Swim cap pulled tight and blissfully unaware of the situation, Lindsay Painton capped her prep swim career in fantastic fashion.
Though she ends her prep career with three Class 5A state diving championships, the sweetest was easy to pick for Regis Jesuit’s McKensi Austin.