Bartel & Gillilan Set State Records, Bring Fossil Ridge to CO 5A Title


National age group record holding junior Zoe Bartel and sophomore Coleen Gillilan took an individual state record apiece and teamed up for a relay state record yesterday, leading Fossil Ridge High School to their third individual title in state history (2012, 2015).

Bartel broke the state 100 breaststroke record twice in two days, destroying her own 1:01.88 to 1:00.39 in prelims, and then lowering it even further to 1:00.22 in finals. (Second in the event went to another Fossil Ridge swimmer, freshman Caraline Baker with 1:02.94). Bartel also nabbed an individual title in the 200 IM (1:59.48). Given the high school line-up, Bartel didn’t even have the chance to swim her signature event, the 200 breaststroke, where she recently took down Caitlyn Leverenz‘s NAG record from back in 2007.

Meanwhile, her teammate Gillilan set an individual record of her own in the 100 fly. In prelims, she matched the state record 53.22 set by current Auburn swimmer Bailey Nero in 2015, and then Gillilan shaved down to 53.15 in finals to get the mark.

The duo also teamed up with juniors Bailey Stewart and Kylee Alons to take the state record in the 200 medley relay, clocking 1:39.40. Fossil Ridge proved dominant in the relays. The team of Indiana commit Bailey Kovac, Andrea Niemann, Cameron Kovac, and Gillilan clocked 1:35.02 to win the 200 free relay. To round out the relay victories, Bartel, Madeleine Mason, Stewart, and Alons came within just .03 seconds of a Missy Franklin-era Colorado State record. Fossil Ridge’s 3:22.45 just missed the 3:22.42 set by Regis Jesuit in 2011. But, given that the whole 400 free relay was made up of juniors, Fossil Ridge will have another chance next year.

“We all work our butts off, it’s so good to see our hard work pay off,” Gillian told Cannon Casey of the CHSAA. “I just try to have fun; when you have fun swimming it’s so much easier. As a team, we’re so close together, so when one person does well, you gotta do your work. It all clicks together.”

Alons took another two victories for the Fossil Ridge girls with two more Missy Franklin record close calls. She won the 50 free in 22.64, just .23 off Franklin’s 22.41 from 2011. Alons grabbed her second state title in the 100 free with 49.83. However, her prelims time was 49.60, just .15 off Franklin’s 48.45 from 2012. Alons, a junior, will have another shot at both next year.

Stewart and Kovac grabbed a 1-2 finish to match the Bartel-Baker 1-2 in the 100 breast. Stewart finished first with 54.15, and Kovac was second with 54.15.

Despite Fossil Ridge’s dominance, Fairview High School was able to stay within 60 points in the final scores. Brittany Beetcher led the way with double state titles in the 200 free (1:50.46) and 500 free (4:57.58).

Diver Lexie Barker grabbed Douglass County’s sole win of the meet, with 493.25 to take the state title in the 1 meter.

“Every year I’ve worked my way up in the placing just a little bit more,” Barker said to Casey. It feels good to finally get first. It was very stressful coming up to this because I did really well all season.”

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Fossil Ridge High School: 390
  2. Fairview High School: 334
  3. Arapahoe High School: 221
  4. Regis Jesuit High School: 219
  5. Lewis-Palmer High School: 155

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Zoe Bartel next dominant US female breaststroker at the international level. Especially in the 200.

4 years ago

Will be interesting to see how she progresses into her senior year as her club coach just announced his departure. Her effort and success at the National Junior level and Junior Pan Pacs is impressive to date!

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4 years ago

Yes. Tough week for all the Fossil Girls with the announcement this week that their club coach will leave in March. They did fabulous under the circumstances. Proud of them!

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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