Douglas County athletes turned in good performances against solid competition during the April 28 and 29 Cherry Creek Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet.
One of Cherry Creek's two teams won the meet with 1,082 points and Douglas County finished 11th with 93 points.
“We are a young team with a small roster,” Douglas County coach Tim Byers said. “We do have the largest turnout we have had in the last five years. This season we have 31 on the roster. That is good for us because usually we have 22 or 23 kids on our team. This year, we have quite a few members of the freshman class with our team, plus we have a couple upperclassmen who are swimming with us for the first time.”
Byers said this is his fourth year as head coach and he sees the team growing and becoming stronger each year.
The coach said his athletes are posting the best overall times in years in the 100-meter freestyle and there are a couple kids who are competing well in the 200-meter freestyle.
Huskies freshman James Lee posted the highest individual finishes for his team as he was 17 in the 200-meter freestyle and 14 in the 500-meter freestyle, where he cut almost eight seconds off his preliminary time. He also joined with Adrian Schissler, Sam Prosser and Conner Vogel to finished 17 in the 200-meter freestyle relay, and he teamed up with Brian Cowgill, Dalton Thomas and Jordan Fleury to finish 15 in the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Huskies team of Cullen Price, Will Bird, Prosser and Schissler finished 18 in the 200-meter medley relay.
Senior Jordan Fleury said he began competing in swimming because his older siblings were swimmers.
“Swimming is my favorite and it is my only sport,” he said. “I work hard all year to improve my skills. I believe I am a much better swimmer now than I was at this time last year. I qualified for the A-league meet at this meet last year and this year I am pushing myself to try to qualify for state.”
Fleury said he swims freestyle but his favorite event is the 100-meter breaststroke.
“I do some work in the weight room sometimes but I just do a lot of pool work in order to build my upper body strength for the breaststroke,” he said. “My personal goal is to break the school record in the 100-meter breaststroke at 1:02.8. That is a second under the state qualifying time so I want to break the school record and qualify for state.”