Swimming

Jeffco making waves at Dick Rush Memorial Invitational

D’Evelyn, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge all noisemakers at meet

Daniel Williams
Above, Wheat Ridge’s Max Sweeney looks for his time and how his team finished their 200 Medley Relay during Saturday’s Dick Rush Memorial Swim-Dive Invitational. At left, Standley Lake’s Jonah Staton moments before he explodes into the pool at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Gators finished 19th as a team with 33 points.
Daniel Williams
Wheat Ridge’s Max Sweeney looks for his time and how his team finished their 200 Medley Relay during Saturday’s Dick Rush Memorial Swim-Dive Invitational.
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Nine Jeffco schools, both 4A and 5A, participated in Saturday’s Dick Rush Memorial Swim-Dive Invitational at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

But none of them came close to Regis Jesuits who won the meet in a landslide with a team score of 301 points, beating 45 other teams for the victory.

Lewis-Palmer took second with a score of 189, Cherry Creek took third with a team score of 180, Highlands Ranch took fourth with a score of 172 and Smoky Hill took fifth with a score of 130.

The top 4A Jeffco finisher was D’Evelyn with a team score of 120 and the top 5A Jeffco team was Chatfield with 84 points.

The Jaguars Daniel Graber was Jeffco’s only event winner and produced Jeffco’s best individual effort taking the 100 Breast with a time of 57.87. Graber capped off the meet by taking second in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:56.22.

But Jeffco had plenty of swimmers push some of the state’s best swimmers for top times including Lakewood’s Aaron Sett.

Sett set two Tigers’ records in both the 200 Free (1:44.86) and 500 Free (4:45.58) and had top eight finished in both individual events.

Sett was also a part of both Lakewood free relays which had top 16 times.

Standley Lake’s Trent Kindvall was the third best diver at the meet with a score of 458.85 and Lakewood’s Colin Shina was the meets 11th best diver with a score of 369.05.

Wheat Ridge finished in the middle of pack as a team with a score of 24 points, but their 200 Free Relay team finished the meet strong with a time of 1:33.53.

And although they didn’t finish as high as D’Evelyn or Regis, Farmers head coach Dean Miller has happy with the way his team finished and think his team is better for participating in the meet.

“I think our guys swam well considering the high level of competition out here,” Miller said. “I also think it was good for our guys to get a chance to see and compete against some of the state’s best.”