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St. Mary's Academy Swim & Dive Team Wins Third Straight League Title

St. Mary's Academy Swim & Dive placed first in the 3A Tri-Peaks League Championship for the third consecutive year! The Wildcats dominated the competition, winning first in several events with an accumulation of 532 points, more than 100 points over their League performance last year, and over 150 points ahead of the second-place finisher! Coach Kelly Shipley was also named the Tri-Peaks League Swim Coach of the Year!

Our Wildcats will next compete in the State Championships on Friday, Feb. 9 (prelims), and Saturday, Feb. 10 (finals) at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. We have 14 athletes competing at State, one of our largest teams on school record! Caitlin Crysel also returns to defend her state title in the 200-yard individual medley. 

Congrats to Lauren Anderson (Gr. 11), Lola Bruns (Gr. 9), Kate Callender (Gr. 10), Devon Chambers (Gr. 12), Caitlin Crysel (Gr. 12), Madison Crysel (Gr. 10), Annika Damon (Gr. 10), Blair Franciscus (Gr. 12), Malika Haro (Gr. 10), Ryan Hilgers (Gr. 9), Bella Hurley (Gr. 9), Riley Mills (Gr. 11), Sofia Redhead (Gr. 9), and Mia Williams (Gr. 10) for qualifying for state! 

Coach Shipley remarks, "Every season holds its own beauty, and this one has radiated magic on many fronts. With our exceptionally talented team, egos took a backseat to true friendships. We focused on creating a culture of positivity that energizes and encourages our athletes, fostering strong bonds and teamwork. Our athletes celebrated both our budding swimmers and the most talented ones alike. We became a team that empowers each athlete to excel, allowing these young women to truly shine. It's been an honor to stand alongside these extraordinary scholar-athletes this season. Go Wildcats!"