Windsor shined on Friday at the first day of the Class 4A Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, breaking four school records in the preliminaries and sending two swimmers and two relay teams to today’s finals.
Greeley Central’s Drake Manuello also had a strong showing, advancing to two individual finals.
Meanwhile, at the 5A state meet in at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, Greeley West’s Nathan Kenigsberg became the only Weld athlete to make a 5A final.
Mostly, though, the day belonged to the Wizards. They set their first record in the day’s first event. The team of Riley Miller, Ethan Hansbury, Colby Horton and Jeff Borrett finished the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.92, more than four-tenths of a second faster than the record they set at the 4A Northern Conference meet a week ago.
That relay finished in fourth place to make the finals. Later, Horton broke his own record in the 100 butterfly — also set at the conference meet last week — and placed fifth to advance to the finals of that event.
Windsor coach Trevor Timmons said the Wizards’ finest performance Friday came in the 400 freestyle relay, in which Miller, Garrett Ludwick, Borrett and Horton broke the school’s six-year-old record by more than three seconds. Then, in a swim-off for the 50 free, Borrett broke the record that Horton set earlier in the season.
All told, Windsor has set a school record in every event but diving and the 200 IM this season.
Central didn’t perform like that as a team, but Manuello had himself a day. He finished with the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke by more than two seconds and was fourth in the 100 backstroke, earning himself a place in both finals.
And West’s Kenigsberg finished sixth in the 500 free at the 5A meet, beating his seed time by almost 10 seconds.
The 4A and 5A meets will resume today. Pool doors open at 7:30 a.m., and diving prelims begin at 9 a.m. Swimming finals will start at…