Cherry Creek athlete makes waves

Brendan Eckerman saluted as Boys Swimmer of Year


Senior Brendan Eckerman will always remember the fun he had swimming for Cherry Creek this season.

He competed in three previous CHSAA Class 5A State Swimming Championships with second place as his best finish, but this season he climbed to the top of the awards podium four times.

Eckerman, who will move up a level and swim at Wisconsin next season, helped lead Creek to the state team title and is the 2019 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Swimmer of the Year.

He was first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.69 and captured the state championship in the 100 freestyle in 45.62.

Eckerman was the anchor on two relay teams that won state titles.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Nikolas Silolahti, Tommy Salvetti, Blake Jorgens and Eckerman won in 1:24.73.

He capped off a banner state meet by teaming with Silolahti, Lars Hanna and Bryce Ortanes in winning the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.20.

“I had the most fun this season,” admitted Eckerman. “I worked the hardest this season. It was great all year. I had a great state meet. I won or was part of the winning team in every event I swan. That was definitely a great feeling.”


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