Franny Cable wasn’t feeling great despite a 39-point lead heading in the diving finals of the Class 5A state swimming and diving meet on Feb. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton.
“I just wanted to go out and dive the best that I could, ” said the Arapahoe senior. “I was really, really nervous heading in and I thought, ‘Oh my god, am I going to throw up?’ ‘’
Cable would go on to win her second consecutive state championship with a pool record 562.10 points, which was 8.15 points behind the state record of 570.25 set by Ponderosa’s Sarah Law in 1997.
Arapahoe’s Kristen Belitz wound up second behind Cable and teammate Morgan Hampton was seventh as the Warriors’ diving dominance helped the team finish fifth in the team standings.
“When I was told we went one and two I was so excited,” said Cable. “I was just crying. I was just so excited for her (Kristen). She always motivates me in and out of the pool. She has been one of my best friends since freshman year and we’ve grown together and she has helped me become a better diver. “
Cherry Creek, sparked by Jenna Smith’s individual finishes, was fourth in the team standings. Continental League champion Mountain Vista was sixth. Valor Christian was seventh and Heritage came in eighth.
Cable, who has signed to dive at Kansas, was voted Diver of the Year by coaches and athletes.
“There was ice (flowing) through her veins, and she had absolute focus,” said Arapahoe diving coach Jeff Smith.
Other Warrior individual finishers were Anna Wetzel, who was fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke and ninth in 50-yard freestyle. Gabreece Van Anne as 10th in the 50 and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Wetzel, Van Anne, Lyndsey Wehr and Ashley Tellinger were second in the finals of the 200 freestyle relay.
Smith led Cherry Creek with a runner-up finish in the 200 IM with a time 2:04.36 and the sophomore was eighth in the 100 butterfly. Freshman Elizabeth Brock was fourth in the 200 freestyle and eighth in the 500 freestyle. Junior Ella Drury was sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
“I was really proud of my girls who showed great improvements throughout the year,” said Creek coach Eric Craven. “The team moved up from eighth place a year ago. We are turning things around but still have a lot of work ahead to get back in contention with Fairview, Fossil Ridge and Regis.”
Fairview won its second title in four years, while defending champion Fossil Ridge was second and Regis Jesuit was third team standings.
Heritage sophomore Anna Shaw had the best preliminary time in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle but finished third in both events in the finals. She lowered her preliminary time in the 50 but the 23.22 was .06 of a second shy of first in a close race. She swam a 50.78 in the 100 but was 0.19 behind the winner.
“It was frustrating but at the same time I was right on my best times and the competition was awesome,” said Shaw. “I enjoyed getting to race and I love all the girls I raced against.”
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