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Eli Hobson sets CO 100 BR state record at 53.58, Cherry Creek wins 6 events for 5A team victory

2024 CHSAA 5A BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • May 10-11, 2024
  • Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center
  • Thornton, CO (MDT)
  • SCY (25y)
  • Get to know Central
  • 5A PDF results
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “CHSAA State Championships 5A B24”

5A Boys Team Scores

  1. Cherry Creek, 458.5
  2. Regis Jesuit, 306.5
  3. Highland Ranch, 263
  4. Fossil ridge, 215.5
  5. Fairview, 205
  6. Smoky Hill, 198
  7. Columbine, 197
  8. Monarch, 179
  9. Great view, 168
  10. Douglas County, 157

The Colorado High School Boys Class 5A Swim and Dive State Championships kicked off Friday in Thornton, CO with swimming preliminaries and Saturday’s final session, with the Cherry Creek boys winning all three relays and adding three more wins for a dominant 2024 5A team victory.

The CHSAA 4A and 5A swimming classes are determined by school enrollment, with 4A schools having fewer than approximately 1,600 students, while 5A schools have more than 1,600 students.

The Cherry Creek team won with an overwhelming 458.50 points for their first 5A team victory since 2021, 152 points ahead of Regis Jesuit’s 306.50 points. (For historical swimming nerds, Regis is a Jesuit Olympic champion Mrs. Franklin‘s alma mater). Highlands Ranch finished comfortably in third with 263 points, while Fossile Ridge trailed Fairview by 10.50 points for fourth, 215.50 to 205. Smoky Hill also held off Columbine by one point for sixth, 198 to 197.

As previously mentioned, Cherry Creek swept all three relays. They kicked things off in the 200 medley relay with a winning time of 1:29.12. Camille Trinquesse started 0.04 seconds behind Grandview’s Oliver Schimberg, 10:55 to 10:59. After a tight breaststroke leg, with Cherry Creek’s Trevor Boodt (25.12), Brodie Johnson blew Cherry Creek out of the water with 20.89 to establish their lead. Connor Kelly held on the freestyle anchor at 8:23 p.m. to seal Cherry Creek’s first relay victory. Grandview was second in 1:31.85, just ahead of Columbine (1:32.oo) and Regis Jesuit (1:32.02).

This is the second-fastest 200 medley relay time in CHSAA/Colorado history, behind Cherry Creek’s past 2021 state record time of 1:28.61.

Cherry Creek senior and Georgia Tech commit Johnson defended his 100 fly title with the fourth-fastest time in Colorado history at 47.33. Grandview junior Schimberg placed second in the event at 48.37, with sophomore Rocky Mountain Samuel Lofstrom came third at 49.00.

Johnson was back for Cherry Creek’s winning 200 free relay, starting in 21.05, followed by Kian Lihalakha (21.01), Jamie Crawford (20.32) and dropped a flaming sub-20 anchor Colin Mikulecky (19.94). Monach took second place in 1:23.11, made possible by Gavin Keogh‘s 19.85 anchor. Douglas County came in a close third at 1:24.30.

Cherry Creek’s winning time of 1:22.32 was another No. 2 all-time state performance behind their own 2021 state record of 1:22.05.

In the 200 free an accelerating Pine Creek’s James Schreiber Cherry Creek’s Mikulecky was denied victory in the final, narrowly trailing from 1:39.03 to 1:39.58. Fossil Ridge Ryan Stahl (1:40.03) also accelerated Monarch junior Keogh (1:40.17) for third place by 0.15s. After Cherry Creek’s Mikulecky and Pine Creek’s Schreiber were denied the 200 free title, they finished by 0.02 seconds in the final of the 100 free. Duke obliged Mikulecky to get his revenge title over Schreiber, 44.86 to 44.88. Monarch’s DiFronzo took third place in 45.16.

In the final event, the 400 free relay, Crawford (46.30), Trinquesse (45.39), Kelly (45.61) and Mikulecky’s blistering 43.86 anchor gave Cherry Creek the 3-for-3 relay sweep. Fairview finished in second place in 3:02.69, followed by Columbine (3:04.53). Cherry Creek’s winning time of 3:01.16 is the fifth-fastest time in Colorado history, flirting with Columbine’s 2021 record of 3:00.37, but marks their fastest 400 free relay since 2021.

The highlight of the session came from Lewis Palmer Sr Eli Hobson. One day later Jake Eccleston won the 4A Class 100 breast title in a Colorado state record of 53.67, Hobson won the 5A title with an even faster 53.58. Coming in second behind Hobson were Smoky Mountain senior and Utah commit Daniel Yi at 54.61, followed by Columbine’s Tobin Uhl (55.68) and Cherry Creek’s Boodt (56.25).

Hobson’s 53.58 broke both Joshua Corn‘s 2023 5A class record of 53.73 and Eccleston’s one-day old state record of 53.67. Looking at the trio’s splits, Hobson topped Corn’s 2023 opener 50 of 25.11. Meanwhile, Eccleston was quieter at 25.52 but closed in 28.15, more than four-tenths faster than Hobson’s 28.59 closer. He still swam better than Corn’s 28.62 split to rewrite both the 5A and Colorado state records.

Split equation

Hobson was also a 5A champion in the dual event, taking the 50 free crown at 8:03 p.m. for the fourth-fastest time in Colorado history. The Lofstrom of Rocky Mountain came in second at 8:35 p.m., just ahead of top five finishers Fairview senior and Utah commit Layton Zeeman (20.42) and Monarch junior Ethan DiFronzo (20.48).

More highlights from the 5A Finals

  • Contributing to Cherry Creek’s team victory by defending its 1-meter diving title was a junior Lucas Ogren with 615.85 points, the third best score in Colorado history.
  • Grandview’s Schimberg switched to the 100 back and also defended his 100 back 5A title at 47.49. Monarch’s Keogh took silver at 48.07, while Cherry Creek’s Trinquesse took third place at 49.50.
  • Fossil Ridge Brenner O’Neil won the 200 IM in the only time under 1:50 of 1:49.13, ahead of Regis Jesuit Reid Magner (1:50.67). Smoky Hill’s Yi (1:51.60) took third place by a tenth of a second, narrowly holding off Cherry Creek’s Trinquesse (1:51.70).
  • Highlands Ranch senior Vladislav Kazakin took the 500 free win at 4:33.75. Magner of Regis Jesuit took a tough but close third place behind Smoky Hill junior Ian Noff Singer by 0.05 s, 4:35.26 to 4:35.31.
  • Yi and coach of Smoky Hills Scott Cohen were both awarded CHSAA 5A Swimmer and Coach of the Year.

All 2024 5A CHSAA Boys Champions

  • 200 Medley Relay: Cherry Creek (Trinquesse, Boodt, Johnson, Kelly), 1:29.12
  • 200 Free: James Schreiber (Pine Creek), 1:39.03
  • 200IM: Brenner O’Neil (Fossil Edge), 1:49.13
  • 50 Free: Eli Hobson (Lewis-Palmer), 20.03
  • Diving at 1 meter: Lucas Ogren (Cherry Creek), 615.85 points
  • 100 Fly: Brodie Johnson (Cherry Creek), 47.33
  • 100 Free: Colin Mikulecky (Cherry Creek), 44.86
  • 500 Free: Vladislav Kazakin (Highlands Ranch), 4:33.75
  • 200 free relay: Cherry Creek (Johnson, Lihalakha, Crawford, Mikulecky), 1:22.32
  • 100 Back: Oliver Schimberg (Great View), 47.49
  • 100 Chest: Eli Hobson (Lewis-Palmer), 53.58 * 5A/CO state record
  • 400 free relay: Cherry Creek (Crawford, Trinquesse, Kelly, Mikulecky), 3:01.64