Windsor swims ‘off-events’ but doesn’t have off-night in girls triangular against Eaton, Holyoke
January 18, 2018
EATON — Windsor was swimming some "off-events", but it certainly wasn't off its game Thursday against Eaton and Holyoke.
In fact, the girls swimming triangular against the Reds and Dragons provided the perfect forum for the Wizards to showcase their immense depth, while adding a few more Class 4A state meet qualifiers.
Windsor beat Eaton 149-48 and Holyoke 162-34. The Reds beat the Dragons 93-88.
"We all competed well, and it was just a nice practice meet before everything gets all ramped up," said Wizards senior Erin Eccleston, who will compete for the University of Wyoming next school year.
Windsor improved to 5-0 in 4A/3A Tri-Valley Conference duals. It placed first in 10 of 12 events with only Eaton standout senior Rylee Daniels (first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly) breaking up the Wizards' monopoly on top finishes.
With chances wanning to qualify swimmers for state — Windsor has only three more meets before state on Feb. 8-10 — numerous Wizards swimmers swam off-events.
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Windsor senior Hunter Waterman didn't let her inexperience show in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, winning both events. "I never swim those events," Waterman said. "It was just a good opportunity, because I swim every event now this year. It was fun."
As Eccleston alluded, Windsor coach Mandy Schneider said her ever-growing program was happy to have at least one more laid-back, free-flowing meet before the intensity ratchets up in a couple weeks.
"It's the time of the season in which everyone is swimming really tired," Schneider said. "So, the times were not as awesome as everybody would have liked. However, everybody left everything in the pool today. I have no doubt about that at all."
The Wizards have 64 girls on their team. Eaton has 17.
While Windsor showcased its depth, the Reds reaped the benefits of facing one of the deeper, more talented teams they will face in a dual this winter.
"We pretty much swam our 'A' lineup today hoping to get a few more state qualifiers," Eaton coach Hattie Carlson said. "Unfortunately, we didn't, but those girls did get a little bit closer. … We had a lot of best times by a lot of seconds, which was awesome to see."
Best individual performances
Waterman, Eccleston and Eaton's Daniels each won two events.
Waterman had strong times in the 200 freestyle (2:08.85, 3A-qualifying time) and 500 freestyle (5:52.37, 3A-qualifying time). Eccleston won the 200 individual medley (2:14.53, 4A-qualifying time) and 100 backstroke (1:02.48, 4A qualifying time).
Daniels' times in the 50 freestyle (26.03) and 100 butterfly (1:03.64) would be good enough to qualify for state in 4A and were obviously good enough to qualify in Eaton's 3A classification.
Eccleston further contributed to Windsor's big day by taking part in the Wizards' first-place 200 medley relay (2:02.38) and 400 freestyle relay (3:59.62), both of which finished with 4A-qualiying times.
Sister, sister; sister, sister
Windsor fielded a very sisterly quartet in the 400 freestyle relay.
Aria Witt preceded her sister Richelle Witt, and Kyndal Waterman preceded her sister Hunter Waterman on the Wizards' 'B" team (4:09.01), which placed second behind Windsor's 'A' team (3:59.62).
The Wizards will host a diving meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before utilizing their full squad again in a home dual against Valley at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Eaton plays host to Mountain View at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Reds and Wizards will share the pool again at the Weld County Championships at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Greeley Recreation Center and at the conference meet Feb. 2-3 at the Greeley Rec Center.
More to come
Read Sunday's Tribune to learn more about Windsor's drive to continue its program's rise, even without standout Morgan Friesen, who graduated this past spring.
Also, read Wednesday's On The Rise column, which will focus on the sport of diving's rise in popularity in recent years.
Team Scores — Windsor 162, Holyoke 34; Windsor 149, Eaton 48; Eaton 93, Holyoke 88.
200-yard medley relay — WHS (Erin Eccleston, Aria Witt, Lainey Horton, Jocelyn Petersen) 2:02.38*; Windsor 'B' (Madisen Barrieau, Kyndal Waterman, Abby Janke, Abbie Zakavec) 2:06.86**; EHS (Courtney Parsons, McKenna McGehee, Kaitlyn Maker, Rylee Daniels) 2:09.16**; 200 freestyle — Hunter Waterman, W, 2:08.85**; Regan Van Overbeke, H, 2:15.78**; Briley Olson, W, 2:18.26; 200 individual medley — Eccleston, W, 2:14.53*; Rylee Schneller, H, 2:29.01**; Lori Winter, W, 2:36.39; 50 freestyle — Daniels, E, 26.03*; Petersen, W, 26.67*; Emma Bjork, E, 28.24; 1-meter diving — Zoe Sharpee, W, 168.5; Emily Anderson, E, 166.3; Coco Sviatko, E, 160.55; 100 butterfly — Daniels, E, 1:03.64*; Horton, W, 1:05.11*; Grace Drake, W, 1:10.15; 100 freestyle — Petersen, W, 59.67**; Haley Van Overbeke, H, 1:02.85; Megan Rieger, W, 1:03.14; 500 freestyle — H. Waterman, W, 5:52.37**; Katelyn Miller, W, 6:04.06**; Morgan Hykes, W, 6:06.29**; 200 freestyle relay — WHS (Abbie Zakavec, Abby Janke, Witt, Barrieau) 1:53.72**; WHS 'C' (Olson, Jayda Peninger, Tehya Drobovolny, Rieger) 1:58.67; WHS 'B' Cassidy Whitehead, Drake, Kayla Foltz, Audrey Glynn) 2:00.51; 100 backstroke — Eccleston, W, 1:02.48*; Horton, W, 1:05.72*; Barrieau, W, 1:09.79**; 100 breaststroke — Witt, W, 1:14.67**; Schneller, H, 1:15.24*; K. Waterman, W, 1:16.49**; 400 freestyle relay — WHS 'A' (Petersen, Horton, Miller, Eccleston) 3:59.62*; WHS 'B' (A. Witt, Richelle Witt, K. Waterman, H. Waterman) 4:09.01**; HHS (H. Van Overbeke, R. Van Overbeke, Lali Marquez, Schneller) 4:16.06.
* 4A state-qualifying time
** 3A state-qualifying time