Valor takes second at 4A state swim meet

Rock Canyon finished sixth in Class 5A


Valor Christian's girls swimming team walked out of the Eldora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins with another trophy.

However, this one was a runner-up plaque — not the state championship hardware the school won last year.

Cheyenne Mountain, loaded with depth, won the Class 4A State Swimming Championships that concluded Feb. 11 after amassing 308 points. Valor was second with 276 and Jefferson County League 4A rival Evergreen finished third with 230 points.

“Second isn't bad. I am really so proud," Valor Christian coach Lori Stenstrom said. "The girls really had to swim and dive to the best of their ability to come away with that beautiful trophy and they did it.”

The Eagles had two individual champions in sophomore Lindsay Stenstrom in the 50-yard freestyle and junior diver Izzy Mroz. Stenstrom also swam on Valor's state champion 400 freestyle relay team along with Ella Kirschke, Madison Hoehn and Abbey Owenby.

“The 50-free champion is my daughter and she watched her big sister do this before and she did an amazing job,” said coach Stenstrom. “Izzy is just so talented. We obviously had high hopes for her and were absolutely celebrating all she was able to do.”

Lindsay Stenstrom was excited and expressed her feelings after winning the 50 free and she joined her sister Brooke, now a freshman at Stanford, who won three individual state championships and swam on two title-winning relay teams.

“It's the most amazing feeling in the world to be a state champion, and I just want to give God all the glory and I'm so happy I got to experience it with my team,” Lindsay said. “I did pretty well. There were a few things I could have done better but I couldn't ask for anything more than the opportunity I had to achieve."

Mroz led all three rounds of the diving and finished with 484.65 points.

“I'm so excited to do it for the team, which is like a family,” she said. “All I thought about was dive by dive, get through it and do my best.

Highlands Ranch, led by sophomore Aimee Burton's fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle, was eighth in the 4A title chase with 111 points.

In the Class 5A state championships, Rock Canyon was the top school from Highlands Ranch finishing sixth with 125 points. Mountain Vista was eighth with 99 points and ThunderRidge was 11th with 76 points.

Rock Canyon sophomore Jessica Beckwith was fourth in the 100 butterfly and the Jaguars scored points in the championship final of three relay events.

Mountain Vista junior Natalie Arky was second in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke to lead the way for the Golden Eagles.

“I knew it was going to be a challenge,” she said. “I had a lot of energy and was pumped."


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