The Fossil Ridge High School girls swimming team won all three relays and seven of 12 events en route to a big win against Fort Collins and Rocky Mountain on Thursday at EPIC Pool.
The win may serve as an opening statement, as those teams, plus Poudre, are set to meet Tuesday for the City Championships.
“The last few meets we’ve had have been fantastic,” Fossil Ridge coach Tasha Marchant said. “Pretty much team-wide, we’re seeing nice improvements all around.”
Fossil Ridge’s Sammie Guay won the 50-yard freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 25.50 seconds. Guay also won the lightning-quick 100 butterfly, swimming a state qualifying time of 1 minute, 1.34 seconds. That was just ahead of Fort Collins’ Tessa Thull and Fossil Ridge’s Jayden Glover, who also swam state qualifying times. The butterfly was the only event in which three swimmers set state qualifying marks.
Guay was the only Fossil Ridge swimmer with multiple individual event wins. Rocky Mountain’s Andi Johnston won the 200 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 1:59.95. Johnston also took the 100 freestyle, edging Fort Collins’ Elise Forzley in by less than a second as both swimmers hit state-qualifying marks.
DENVER CHRISTIAN 57, LIBERTY COMMON 52: Arjun Gill had 21 points, but Liberty Common couldn’t overcome an 11-point halftime deficit and lost to Denver Christian in a road game.
Liberty Common (6-5, 1-3 Class 2A Mile High League) had three players in double figures, including Brad Knab (10) and Josh VanVleet. It was the double-digit deficit the Eagles faced by halftime that caused trouble at the hands of Denver Christian (6-3, 3-0 MHL).
Denver Christian was led by Tate Kastens’ 13 points.
LIBERTY COMMON 68, DENVER CHRISTIAN 19: Liberty Common freshman Halley Miklos had a career-high 24 points, and the Eagles clamped down on Denver Christian to remain undefeated.
Liberty Common (11-0, 4-0 Class 2A Mile High League) held Denver Christian (2-9, 0-3 MHL) to six points or fewer in every quarter.
“It was the best game we’ve played all year,” Liberty Common coach Troy Ukasick said.
Molly Gillis had eight assists to go along with three points, and junior Hannah Ellis had 15 points.
The Eagles remain the top-ranked 2A girls team in the state, according to the latest Colorado Associated Press poll. They won’t play again until Jan. 25.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 2, DAKOTA RIDGE 2, OT: Resurrection Christian trailed 2-0 heading into the third period but managed to get two goals, including one with 2 minutes left in the third period to force overtime.
“We out-chanced them in the third period and in overtime,” Resurrection Christian coach Jake Pence said. “They’re a good team. I’m really proud of our team.”
The Cougars (5-4-1) first took advantage of a 5-on-3 due to Dakota Ridge penalties, then scored with an offensive surge late in the third period before the teams played to a stalemate in overtime. Dakota Ridge falls to 6-2-3 on the season.
WINDSOR 49, BERTHOUD 27: Windsor got seven pins and a major decision in a dominant win against Berthoud.
The Wizards, who are ranked fourth in the latest On the Mat rankings, dominated the lighter weights, pinning their way from 106-126 and getting a major decision from Jacob Meismer at 132.
Joseph Keller, ranked third in 4A at 182 pounds, continues to dominate at 170, where he’ll wrestle the rest of the season. Keller topped Berthoud’s Chad Ellis 10-3. The Wizards’ Kennen Lanteri, No. 1 in 4A at 152 did not wrestle. Nick Sadek took his place, losing by pin to Preston Pickert.
FOSSIL RIDGE 37, LOVELAND 35: Fossil Ridge seniors Payton Killion (145) and Payton Tapia (195) got wins to help propel the SaberCats to the team’s first dual win of the season.
It was the last home dual for the Fossil Ridge seniors, as the SaberCats have just two road duals remaining, along with a handful of tournaments including the postseason.
Killion topped Loveland’s Michael Tisdale via a pin in just 51 seconds. Tapia, the state’s second-ranked 195-pound wrestler, pinned Zach Swartwoat in 1:22.
The dual wasn’t decided until the final match, when Fossil Ridge 113-pound wrestler Matthew Rayas pinned Brandon Woodhams to secure a SaberCats’ win.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 51, FORT COLLINS 17: The Lobos rode dominant performances and a few forfeits to a cross-town win against Fort Collins in a home dual for Rocky Mountain.
The Lobos, ranked second in 5A by On the Mat, took matches at 113, 120, 138, 145, 152, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Three of those matches were forfeits, and all at weights featuring Rocky Mountain seniors in what would have been their last home matches.
Fort Collins coach Mark Moser said injuries kept the Lambkins from fielding a full lineup, but he said he was impressed with the kids who did wrestle.
“I thought all of the kids, for the most part, wrestled pretty hard,” Moser said.