Girls’ Swimming wins 4A State Championship

The Girls’ Swim and Dive team celebrates with the trophy after winning the state tournament. The win was Heritage’s first girls’ swimming and diving state championship victory.

The Heritage Girls’ Swim team ended their season at the top: winning the 4A girls swim and dive state championships.
   “With such a tight schedule this year we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for state. We did a light taper but were focused on good technique and power training all season to prepare. We also had some new safety regulations this year. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have spectators at most meets and team bonding activities were restricted. However, we got to know the freshmen as the season progressed and we supported each other at meets despite the different atmosphere. I can’t say there is one specific key to swimming well but ultimately having a team that will push you through practices and cheer you on at meets will help the most. Especially in high school swimming, having fun really is the ultimate goal,” Inge Ehm ’23 says.    
   Juliana Lopez ’21 and Aislyn Barnett ’23 both agree that having a supportive team makes the sport much more rewarding.      
   “This season, our biggest edge was the constant support we gave each other. Our meets had to run a lot faster than previous years and we had a shortened season, so encouraging each other was  highly emphasized,” Lopez says.
   “With state, we mostly just made sure that we were having fun going into it and being supportive of each other,“ Barnett  says.
   The team had a total of 18 top ten finishes, with Heritage winning the 200m medley relay, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breast and 400m freestyle relay. In addition, Anna Shaw ’21 set two Colorado state records in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter freestyle, both of which were previously held by Olympian Missy Franklin.
   “I was totally in shock. The first thing I did was look at my parents who were also super excited. After that was when I realized I actually broke the records which was another huge wave of excitement,” Shaw says.
   Both Shaw and Barnett are competing in the Olympic Trials this summer.
   “Olympic Trials have been a dream of mine for about three years now, so getting the opportunity to go in June is incredible,“ Shaw says.

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