THORNTON - Just three weeks before the state meet, it is apparent who is one of the favorites in Class 5A swimming.
The Loveland Indians dominated the Mustangs Invite, at the VMAC, winning eight of 10 events to runaway with the title. The Indians won the invite with 375 points, while Cherokee Trail was second with 185 and Fossil Ridge was third with 179.
Legacy (99 points) was 12th and Mountain Range (44) 14th.
Loveland is currently ranked third in the state, behind Cherry Creek and defending champion Regis.
“It was a great meet,” Loveland’s head coach Jim Nickell said. “We knew we had a great team and they proved it (Saturday).”
Ryan Ball took first in both the 100-yard backstroke and also the 200 individual medley.
Ball took first in the 100 back with a time of 51.75 seconds, he also won the the 200 IM with a season best time of 1:54.24.
Ethan McNally, who was second in the 200 IM behind Ball, took first in the 100 breast with a time of 59.3 — which is currently the second quickest time in the state.
Pat Jones won the 500 free with a time of 4:50.16 and Cooper Bowen was first in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.99. The Indians also completed a clean sweep of the relays.
Discovery Canyon’s Luke Robert was first in the 50 free, Fairview’s Miles MacKenzie was first in the 100 free and John Frank of Pine Creek won the 100 butterfly.
Broomfield’s Cody Engstrom won the diving competition.
Andrew Jaschke had the best time for Legacy, finishing sixth in the 500 free. Andrew Otterson was seventh in diving for the Lightning, Jacob Israelsen was seventh in the 200 free and Blake Higgins was eighth in the 200 IM.
Mountain Range’s Jonathan Clements was fifth in diving. The Mustangs also had two top-10 finishes in relays, finishing eighth in the 400 free relay and ninth in the 200 free relay.
“I thought the competition was good,” Nickell said. “There are always quality teams that come to this meet, and we know what to expect.”
The regional meet, which is May 10 and 11, will be held at the VMAC.