Barlow sweeps Centennial in dual to start swim season
6A BOYS SWIMMING
The Barlow boys swim team hit Centennial with a series of 1-2 punches to claim Thursday's league opener 108-59.
The Bruins got it rolling early with Josiah Hoccom (1:56.44) and Max McLaughlin combining for a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle, while Justin Logue (2:09.02) and C.J. Brushwood did the same in the next race the 200 medley.
The Bruins carried a 38-24 lead at the intermission, and after trading wins coming out of the break, Barlow put the team score out of reach with a sweep of the 500 freestyle. Logue lapped the field on his way to winning in 5:06.65, while Jonathan Dewey was a steady second-place finisher.
That left Barlow's Andrew Nelson and Centennial's Matthew Kahoe swimming stroke-for-stroke in the battle for third place. Nelson's breathing pattern allowed him to scan across three lanes of the pool to keep on eye on his opponent, and he eventually broke away from him in the middle stages of the race.
"I just pushed myself as hard as I could, while still pacing myself so I could finish strong," Nelson said. "I didn't realize I was getting away from him, I was just focused on finishing the race."
He came in a full pool length ahead of his Eagles' counterpart, giving Barlow an 11-point edge in that race and a commanding 70-38 lead with four events left.
Hoccum picked up his second win of the day in the butterfly (1:00.17), and Barlow won all three tag-team races.
Centennial saw Devan Oliphant win the 100 free (54.04) and backstroke (1:04.43), while Taz Larson won the breaststroke (1:10.37) and Kit Bishop was first in the 50 free (26.95).
Barlow won all 11 races on the girls side, with eight different first-place finishers, on its way to a 129-29 team victory. The Bruins also went 1-2 in all three tag-team events.
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Teams Free Mix Relay — Total
CENTENNIAL 24 23 12 — 59
Barlow (108) — Justin Logue 12, Josiah Hoccum 12, Max McLaughlin 8, C.J. Brushwood 8, Ibon Urkiza 8, Chris Parvankin 6, Leo Erickson 5, Jonathan Dewey 5, Andrew Nelson 5, J. Venancio-Gutierrez 4, Fenix Fischer 3, Kyle Paskett 2.
Centennial (59) — Devan Oliphant 12, Taz Larson 10, Kyle Cook 6, Kit Bishop 6, Matthew Kahoe 5, Dayton Foss 5, Gage Foss 2, Kody Cook 1.
BARLOW 48 45 36 — 129
CENTENNIAL 15 8 6 — 29
Barlow (129) — Amaya Leiby 10, Katie Simon 10, Kaselyn Markell 10, Alexis Gover 10, Allyson Corbett 8, Madison Kernan 8, Kylie Edmondson 7, Emily Klingner 6, Grace Doyle 6, Kenna Quirke 6, Selina Clifton 5, L. Rodriguez-Gaviria 4, Madison Collins 2, Alice Munoz 1.
Centennial (29) — Kim Tu 7, Kylie Kue 4, Mady Gabriel 4, Amy Hua 3, Becca Crosse 2, Olivia Schloth 2, Irina Borovskiy 1.
This story is slated for our Tuesday, Dec. 11, print edition.