Hennessey Stuart of Regis Jesuit High School was selected as the most valuable swimmer in the May 16-17 Class 5A state swimming and diving meet at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.
While helping to lead Regis to its fourth-consecutive state title, Stuart won titles in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke and swam legs on the Raiders first-place 200 medley and 400 relay quartets. The 400-relay team touched up in state record accomplishment.
Stuart overwhelmed the field in the 100 Backstroke, finishing in a time of 47.24 seconds for the victory, nearly four seconds ahead of runner-up Thomas Konde (51.10) of Cherokee Trail. The 200 IM was much closer as he won in a time of 1 minute, 47.77 seconds, beating out Cherry Creek's Jake Markham (1:48.58) and Loveland's Ryan Ball (1:50.58).
“I was actually very nervous going into the race,” Stuart said after the 200 IM. “But I'm certainly happy the way it turned out. Jake and Ryan are very good and I knew they would give me some tough competition.
“The state record in the 400 relay is really something and it was sweet to win in all four of my events today. (Winning the) MVP is exciting and awesome. And this was a great day for my brother, Quinlan, and for our team. It was awesome watching my brother and to be a part of our fourth straight title here at Regis.”
Quinlan Stuart won the 100 Breaststroke in a time of 57.2 seconds, just nipping Cherokee Trail's Joshua Bedford (57.53) and his Regis teammate, Theodore Koerner (57.68).
“I can't seem to explain my feeling for this one,” Quinlan Stuart said. “I'm just so honored to have me and my brother doing well. This is my first title today and to win the relays with my brother and teammates is a blessing.”
Regis won the opening 200 Medley Relay in 1:31.71 as Chris Morales and Will Pieseski joined the Stuarts in the win. Boulder was second with a time of 1:34.34.
Mitchell Bruckman, Christopher Dawson and Austin Phillips swam with Hennessey Stuart on the 400 Freestyle Relay, winning in a time of 3:00.84. The Raiders defeated Cherry Creek (3:04.14) and Fairview (3:07.69) in the event.
It was the Raiders depth that led coach Nick Frasersmith's squad to an overwhelming 410 points to sink runner-up Cherry Creek (190) and third-place Fairview (179). It also was the 20 overall title for the Raiders.
“To begin with, this was just a great team effort,” Frasersmith said. “The boys put their hearts into the season and we had a good run. Day by day our practices were good and the boys found their goal today. They just all pulled together. It was a great season. And, that certainly goes for Hennessey. What a fine way to end the year.”
Regis picked up its final individual title in diving behind the efforts of Kyle Goodwin, who won his third consecutive state championship by scoring 559.29 points. He easily outscored runner-up Trent Kindvall of Standley Lake (487.65).
“It felt good to get this win and each year I've gotten better,” Goodwin said. “It feels much more rewarding this year. The key was confidence from my training and going into the day with high hopes once again.”
Kindvall was more than pleased with his effort and knew it was going to be a tough go against Goodwin.
“I had a great meet and it's certainly a fine finish,” Kindvall said. “I was third last year, so this is an improvement. The key was consistency. I didn't have any horrible dives and it just came out so well this time around. Goodwin's tough, but we all knew that coming in.”
Nathan Mueller of Highlands Ranch also had a superb day coming through for championships in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events. And, Fairview's Miles MacKenzie was able to win his second title in the 100 Freestyle as well as finish second in the 50 Free.
“This feels pretty good as I started to get into it,” Mueller said after touching up in 1:38.26 to beat out Austin Phillips of Regis (1:39.25) in the 200 Free. “I had a lot of confidence and knew I was prepared and that it was going to be fun. It's sweet to get the win.”
He then edged another Regis swimmer, Christopher Dawson to take the 500 Free. Mueller touched up in 4:27.41, besting Dawson by 1.46 seconds.
“I was really excited for this one,” Mueller said after the 500 Free. “It was a good way to finish my high school career. Now, I hope I can be good in college at Wisconsin.”
MacKenzie edged Hunter Bains of Lewis-Palmer by .16 seconds in the 100 Free, winning in a time 45.25 seconds.
“I won last year and this year is great. I knew Hunter and JP (Beach of Douglas County) would be right there with me and I just needed something special at the end to pull it out. I saw that they were ahead after the first 25 and I just wanted to fight and go for it. I just kept my head down. Coming into the meet, I was relaxed, though.”
Even though he didn't win the 100, Beach didn't go home disappointed, as he captured the 50 Freestyle in 20.32 seconds, defeating MacKenzie .31 seconds.
“After last year I just wanted to come in and try my hardest and make my goals,” Beach said. “I'm a senior and the key was applying what I had learned. I had to come out strong. I was ninth as a sophomore, but I wasn't at state last year.
“I lost a few teeth in a fall two days before state. I fainted and hit the floor hard. I had qualified second in the 50 last year and also qualified in the 100. To win state is great. There is nothing like being in the top eight for any of us.”
The final individual title of the day was won by Maxwell Holter of Fort Collins in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 48.69 seconds. Holter defeated Cherry Creek's Markham (49.20) who came in second.
“It hasn't sunk in yet, but it's starting to,” said Holter, a junior. “It was really a cool experience and fun to race against those guys.”
CLASS 5A STATE SWIMMING
VETERANS MEMORIAL AQUATIC CENTER, THORNTON
Team standings: Regis 410, Cherry Creek 190, Fairview 179, Lewis-Palmer 156, Highlands Ranch 146, Boulder 122, Fort Collins 122, Grandview 115, Smoky Hill 115, Fossil Ridge 114, Cherokee Trail 82, Poudre 77, Chatfield 74, Arapahoe 59, Pomona 58, Douglas County/Castle View 57, Loveland 48, Lakewood 43, Heritage 33, Pine Creek 28, Monarch 20, Standley Lake 18, Denver East 16, Overland 9, Doherty 8, Rampart 7, Ralston Valley 5, Mountain Range 4, Liberty 4, Legacy 3, Fountain-Fort Carson 2.
200 Medley Relay: 1) Regis (Hennessey Stuart, Quinlan Stuart, Chris Morales, Will Pieseski), 1 minute, 31.71 seconds. 2) Boulder, 1:34.34. 3) Fort Collins, 1:36.55. 4) Cherry Creek, 1:36.65. 5) Highlands Ranch, 1:37.14. 6) Cherokee Trail, 1:37.54. 7) Fossil Ridge, 1:37.57. 8) Fairview, 1:37.70.
200 Freestyle: 1) Nathan Mueller, Highlands Ranch, 1 minute, 38.26 seconds. 2) Austin Phillips, Regis, 1:39.25. 3) Christopher Dawson, Regis, 1:39.98. 4) Mitchell Bruckman, Regis, 1:41.67. 5) Christopher McMahon, Highlands Ranch, 1:42.14. 6) Juhan Hong, Smoky Hill, 1:42.21. 7) Walter Dauksher, Fossil Ridge, 1:42.49. 8) Alex Walton, Fairview, 1:43.25.
200 Individual Medley: 1) Hennessey Stuart, Regis, 1 minute, 47.77 seconds. 2) Jake Markham, Cherry Creek, 1:48.58. 3) Ryan Ball, Loveland, 1:50.58. 4) Keegan Foulke, Pomona, 1:53.37. 5) Quinlan Stuart, Regis, 1:53.42. 6) Michael Zarian, Fairview, 1:54.34. 7) Triston Mosby, Grandview, 1:56.36. 8) Cade Bains, Lewis-Palmer, 1:55.87.
50 Freestyle: 1) J.P. Beach, Douglas County, 20.32 seconds. 2) Miles MacKenzie, Fairview, 20.63. 3) Hunter Bains, Lewis-Palmer, 20.64. 4) Christian Feiler, Boulder, 20.92. 5) James Piotrowski, Fort Collins, 21.09. 6) Kyle Colley, Cherry Creek, 21.21. 7) James Boone, Grandview, 21.52. 8) William Pieseski, Regis, 21.61.
Diving: 1) Kyle Goodwin, Regis, 559.25. 2) Trent Kindvall, Standley Lake, 487.65. 3) Anthony Belitz, Arapahoe, 484.65. 4) Matthew Mauser, Regis, 466.15. 5) Devin Bellamy, Smoky Hill, 459.70. 6) Zachary Mullins, Lewis-Palmer, 432.85. 7) Evan Hull, Denver East, 410.25. 8) Devin Perry, Lewis-Palmer, 401.45.
100 Butterfly: 1) Maxwell Holter, Fort Collins, 48.69 seconds. 2) Jake Markham, Cherry Creek, 49.20. 3) Mitchell Bruckman, Regis, 50.54. 4) Gabriele Sasia, Highlands Ranch, 50.84. 5) Santana Garcia, Chatfield, 51.60. 6) P.J. Stapleton, Boulder, 51.84. 7) John Frank, Pine Creek, 52.34. 8) Mason Fine, Fossil Ridge, 52.84.
100 Freestyle: 1) Miles MacKenzie, Fairview, 46.25 seconds. 2) Hunter Bains, Lewis-Palmer, 45.41. 3) J.P. Beach, Douglas County, 45.49. 4) Austin Phillips, Regis, 46.05. 5) James Boone, Grandview, 46.30. 6) Alex Kohlman, Smoky Hill, 46.48. 7) Jason Hicks, Poudre, 47.06. 8) Kyle Colley, Cherry Creek, 47.07.
500 Freestyle: 1) Nathan Mueller, Highlands Ranch, 4 minutes, 27.41 seconds. 2) Christopher Dawson, Regis, 4:28.87. 3) Aaron Sett, Lakewood, 4:33.91. 4) Juhan Hong, Smoky Hill, 4:34.71. 5) Ryan Ball, Loveland, 4:37.23. 6) Alex Walton, Fairview, 4:38.72. 7) Christopher McMahon, Highlands Ranch, 4:39.01. 8) Walter Dauksher, Fossil Ridge, 4:44.14.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1) Cherry Creek (Eric Fuqua, Kyle Colley, Hunter Fuqua, Jake Markham), 1 minute, 24.13 seconds. 2) Fairview, 1:24.60. 3) Regis, 1:25.30. 4) Lewis-Palmer, 1:25.73. 5) Grandview, 1:26.46. 6) Poudre, 1:27.29. 7) Fossil Ridge, 1:27.38. 8) Chatfield, 1:28.05.
100 Backstroke: 1) Hennessey Stuart, Regis, 47.24 seconds. 2) Thomas Konde, Cherokee Trail, 51.10. 3) Maxwell Holter, Fort Collins, 51.25. 4) Gabriele Sasia, Highlands Ranch, 51.56. 5) Chris Nicholson, Boulder, 52.39. 6) Christian Feiler, Boulder, 52.95. 7) Garrett Suter, Regis, 53.03. 8) Michael Zarian, Fairview, 53.28.
100 Breaststroke: 1) Quinlan Stuart, Regis, 57.20 seconds. 2) Joshua Bedford, Cherokee Trail, 57.53. 3) Theodore Koerner, Regis, 57.68. 4) Aidan Mercer, Smoky Hill, 58.78. 5) Keegan Foulke, Pomona, 59.37. 6) Triston Mosby, Grandview, 59.38. 7) John Frank, Pine Creek, 59.48. 8) Nicholas Birney, Regis, 59.76.
400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Regis (Hennessey Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Christopher Dawson, Austin Phillips), 3 minutes, 0.84 seconds. 2) Cherry Creek, 3:04.14. 3) Fairview, 3:07.69. 4) Grandview, 3:08.38. 5) Poudre, 3:10.08. 6) Fossil Ridge, 3:10.13. 7) Lewis-Palmer, 3:10.34. 8) Highlands Ranch, 3:10.53.