Early-season swim meets can lead to misleading results with the top athletes off competing at national events.
But looking at the season as a whole, there are lots of talent and plenty of potential state champions in the area.
Here are three things to watch during high school girls swimming season.
Can Fossil Ridge win state?
The SaberCats are loaded with talent . Fossil Ridge finished third at state last year and returns many of its top performers.
Bailey Nero won the 100-yard fly and was fifth in the 200 free. Bailey Kovac won the 100 breaststroke and was eighth in the 200 IM and both are competing at USA nationals. Also making national cuts are freshman Zoe Bartel and Bayley Stewart.
Diver Hailey Nelson returns after finishing fourth last season. The SaberCats have the depth and talent to make a serious run at a state title.
How will other Fort Collins schools fare?
Fort Collins High School’s top returning swimmer is Elise Forzley, who is also swimming at nationals. She finished fourth in the 100 fly and fifth in the 100 backstroke at state last season.
Daphne Williams was 14th in the 100 fly at state for Rocky Mountain and will look to build on that in her junior season.
Madison Bradley and Sam Rosenberry are Poudre’s most experienced swimmers and will anchor the team this season under first-year coach Rob Breshears.
How successful will Windsor be?
An infusion of young talent hit Windsor last year, highlighted by star freshman Morgan Friesen. She set a 4A state record in winning the 100 breaststroke and was third at state in the 200 IM. She could be even better as a sophomore.
The Wizards finished 11th in 4A and have solid depth behind Friesen with Lacey Whitehead, Rilea Driscoll and Alesky Waterman.
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