Lightning swimming wins dual against Poudre

Kate Ferraro
Legacy’s Annie Silva swims the 100-yard butterfly event in a dual meet against Poudre Jan. 30 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
Kate Ferraro
Legacy's Gabbi Miyasaki swims the 200-yard freestyle event in a dual meet against Poudre Jan. 30 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
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Legacy’s girls swim team came in first place in 11 out of 12 events in a dual meet against Poudre, capturing the 197-103 victory Jan. 30 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

The lone event that the Impalas touched the wall first was the 100-yard backstroke, where Poudre’s Madison Bradley came in with a time of 1:08.

The Lightning started off the meet on the right foot winning the 200-yard medley relay at 2:05.61. The medley relay team consists of Keely Jones, Hailey Landwehr, Annie Silva and Haley Rhine.

After Legacy fell behind in the race, Silva caught up to Poudre’s Samantha Rosenberry in the butterfly. Rhine finished what her relay team started helping to win the event.

“I was just trying to do it for the team and trying to catch up,” Silva said of the 200-yard medley relay. “The girls are working really hard, and I just really wanted to win.”

Silva won the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 1:04.58 and helped the 200-yard relay team, which includes Rhine, Landwehr, Silva and Gabbi Miyasaki, win at 1:50.05.

“She’s made improvements in her free and her fly this year,” Legacy head coach Diana Wiles said of Silva. “She’s been working real hard. She’s one of the ones that’s really improved.”

Landwehr came in first place in the 200 yard individual medley at 2:24.73 and won first in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:17.46.

Rhine placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle coming in at 26.64 and 1:02.10, respectively.

Miyasaki swam well in the distance events coming in at 2:08.93 in the 200-yard freestyle and 5:51.15 in the 500-yard freestyle, both for first place. Miyasaki was part of the 400-free relay team along with Jones, Katelyn Metzler and Abi Miranda that finished in first for a time of 4:20.74.

Jones came in second place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.24 and third in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:15.75.

In diving, Legacy’s Sydney Brookstein, Alyssa Gottschalk, Cally Shelley and Stephanie Molitor placed first through fourth, respectively. Riley Boston came in sixth and Haley Gottschalk came in seventh.

Legacy will swim at the Front Range League meet Feb. 7 and 8 at Mountain View High School.

“We’re going to start tapering,” Wiles said of preparing for League. “I’m expecting them to be committed, to be mentally prepared and go through some drills so we’ll be ready.”