Just Keep Swimming: New Swimmers On The Farm

By Joe Schnebly

This year’s boy swim team has been on top of their season.

They have had one first place finish, two second place finishes and a third place finish throughout their season at multi-team meets. The team has also gone 1-1-1 in their duals this season.

At their first multi-team meet, the boys racked up 584 points and took their first number one finish of the season. Parker Sorenson took first place in the 50 meter free and Bret Kindsvatter took first in the 200 meter free. Nathan Rockenfeller took the responsibility of the hardest event at the meet with the 500 meter free and took first with the fastest time of 5:26.67, almost 15 seconds faster than the next time. The team also came in first in the 200 meter free relay with a time of 1:36.37.

When the boys met Bear Creek, they had just come off of a disappointing 174 point tie against D’Eveyln. This time, the boys made sure to come out early and take a win from Creek. They took every race aside from three and destroyed the Bears by 61 points.

The boy’s only loss in a dual match up this season came from Chatfield where they lost 204 to 160. Chatfield took nine of the events and left only three events for Wheat Ridge: the 100 meter free won by Sorenson and both the 200 and 400 meter team relays.

Compared to last year, the Farmers may not have seemed to improve, but junior Connor Gronski says, “This season was better than last season.” He goes on to say that home schooled Sorenson is “one of the better and faster swimmers because he is the biggest person on the team.” Junior Daniel Rankin agrees with Gronski and adds, “We all have improved since last year and we have a lot of really good, new swimmers.”

Along with Sorenson, Kindsvatter and Rockenfeller, the team is sending Matt Skinner, Max Sweeney, and Darric Sundeen to state this year. Hopefully they can represent Wheat Ridge well.