Depth is strength for Warriors swim team

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The Warriors boys swim team saw their winning streak snapped in an April 13 loss of the varsity portion of a dual match with Lewis-Palmer, 100-86.

“Through the years, Arapahoe has been competitive,” Michael Richmond, 18-year head coach, said before the Lewis-Palmer meet. “Our best finish was in 2006, when we finished second at state. That year, we won the swimming, but the difference was the points Regis scored in diving.”

He said this year, team depth is a strength, as is the fact that it is a senior-dominated team, which should mean the Warriors will be battling for a top spot in the season's final standings.

The dual match with Lewis-Palmer is the last action before a gap in the schedule, which allows the Warriors to prepare for the home stretch of the season. The next swim meet is April 25 on the road against Smoky Hill, and on April 30 the Warriors are at home against rival Cherry Creek. That is followed by the league meet May 10 and the state meet May 18.

The coach said the Warriors have 48 swimmers and 12 divers on this year's roster. He said Arapahoe has talented entries in all individual events, along with strong relay teams. He noted athletes to watch should include diver Alan Leblang and swimmers Kyle Hentschel, Josh Schechter, Ethan Pfeiffer and Logan Lagesse.

Richmond said even with the big roster, he tries to get everyone into every meet, which is made easier at home meets because the Warriors' home pool has 10 lanes.

The pool size also makes it easier for team practices. The coach said he holds morning practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The practices are in the afternoon on the other days. At practice, the swimmers go through their workouts and, when the pool is cleared, the divers practice. There are no practices on days when there are meets.

Before the meet, Richmond said the Warriors would mix up their lineups a bit in the meet with Lewis-Palmer. He said his top diver was at a big meet as his club team wraps up the season. He also said his top swimmers probably won't swim as many events as they would at a big meet.

The Arapahoe-Lewis Palmer meet moved quickly, with a junior varsity heat and a varsity heat for each event. The exception was diving, when all divers competed in the same event.

The Rangers showed their individual strength and scored the points to best Arapahoe 100-86 in the varsity competition, but the Warrior depth was reflected as Arapahoe won the junior varsity team scoring, 55-33.

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