Greeley Central’s Manuello earns individual state title, Windsor finishes fifth at 4A boys swimming meet
May 21, 2017
Greeley Central isn't typically expected to make any waves at the Class 4A State Boys Swimming Championships. Just don't tell Drake Manuello that.
With a win in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Manuello picked up the Wildcats' first individual state championship since Tate Fluger won the same event in 2000.
Not only did he win Central's first championship in 17 years, but he also placed seventh in the 100 fly and set school records in both events.
Coach Jeff Collins could not be reached for comment.
Windsor added a fifth-place team finish, paced by a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly by Colby Horton. The Wizards made the finals in six events and Riley Miller (500 freestyle), Ethan Hansbury (100 breaststroke) and the 400 relay all set new personal records.
Windsor closed the season undefeated in duals, third in the Northern Conference and with 10 new school records — many of which being broken multiple times.
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Class 4A State Swimming Results
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs
Team Scores — Cheyenne Mountain 337, Valor Christian 239, Thompson Valley 219, Golden 177, Windsor 141, Coronado 107, George Washington 106, Discovery Canyon 105, Pine Creek 101, Montrose 101, Silver Creek 87, Pueblo County 72, Estes Park 70, Air Academy 63, Loveland 61, Mullen 60, Evergreen 43, D'Evelyn 36, Wheat Ridge 34, Glenwood Springs 34, Greeley Central 32, Green Mountain 24, Mountain View 22, Thomas Jefferson 21, Longmont 11
200-yard medley relay — Cheyenne Mountain (Birnbaum, Harder, Stieglitz, MacRenato) 1:35.95, Golden (Sundeen, Leidich, R. Warner, T. Warner) 1:36.68; 200 freestyle — Liam Gately, TVHS 1:36.94, Kyle Leach, CMHS 1:38.34, Seth Hendrix, EHS 1:39.84; 200 individual medley — Ryan Peterson, WRHS 1:53.01, Dylan Nasser, VCHS 1:53.13, Blayze Jessen, MHS 1:53.13; 50 freestyle — Daniel Carr, CMHS 20.45, Cole Sibelius, GWHS 21.55, Matthew Wyatt, VCHS 21.84; 1-meter diving — Jacob Bielmaier, EPHS 521.90, Oliver Mills, EHS 489.05, Casey Fellows, VCHS 487.80; 100 butterfly — Kyle Leach, CMHS 49.23, Daric Sundeen, GHS 50.85, Matthew Wyatt, VCHS 52.43; 100 freestyle — Liam Gately, TVHS 22.64, Nicholas Sherman, PCHS 45.66, Griffin Ayotte, AA 45.96; 500 freestyle — Daniel Carr, CMHS 4:33.99, Ryan King, MHS 4:35.69, Christopher Eddy, TVHS 4:41.86; 200 freestyle relay — Cheyenne Mountain (Leach, MacRenato, Harder, Carr) 1:25.90, Valor Christian (Wyatt, Gooden, Dooley, Kim) 1:28.71; 100 backstroke — Jerry Birnbaum, CMHS 50.92, Daric Sundeen, GHS 51.01, Nicholas Sherman, PCHS 51.02; 100 breaststroke — Drake Manuello, GCHS 57.80, Jack Moranetz, DHS 57.89, Sheridan Harder, CMHS 58.61; 400 freestyle relay — Cheyenne Mountain (Leach, Birnbaum, Stieglitz, Carr) 3:02.67, Thompson Valley (Liam Gately, Lukas Gately, Britt, Eddy) 3:11.90.
Greeley West has 6th-place finisher in 5A 500 freestyle
Greeley West finished the season with five finals qualifiers at the state meet Saturday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, led by Nathan Kenigsburg who brought home a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle.
"We had a really good prelim day on Friday," coach Collin Shaha said. "I'm always optimistic, but we were seeded in the mid-20s in both relays.
"We dropped more than anyone else."
The Spartans cut two seconds off their 200 relay time and 5 1/2 seconds off their 400 relay time.
We really focused on getting the relays to the finals," Shaha said. "It's so important to get those points."
Shaking things up may have had something to do with that as a slew of Spartans were in events they are not used to. Matthew Kenigsburg, Baylor Cobb and Mike Rutledge were all shifted to different events.
"They just trusted themselves that they could do it, and they did," Shaha said.
Class 5A State swimming results
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs
Team Scores — Fossil Ridge 358, Regis 253, Cherry Creek 217, Fairview 191.5, Highlands Ranch 135.5, Boulder 133.5, Arapahoe 129, Lewis-Palmer 119.5, Fort Collins 105, Ponderosa 100.16, Rocky Mountain 40