In a recent meeting the Colorado High School Swimming & Diving Legislative Committee made determinations on State Meet Locations, girls State Meet qualifying times, and made the decision to establish a new 3A division.
The addition of a 3A division will allow swimmers at smaller high schools a shot at competing at the State Meet. In an interview with CHSAANOW, Assistant swim coach Aly Brinkema of Holyoke High School expressed the impact that the new 3A division will have on swim teams at small schools like Holyoke.
“This 3A means everything to me, because now I can work these girls with the limited time I have and go far with them. Every once in a while you’ll get a kid that’s really phenomenal and can really run with that one individual, but swimming is a team sport, and in town and school like Holyoke, I may have the stars, but not necessarily the depth,” said Brikema. “By creating 3A and adjusting those qualification times, I’m able to take more than one or two to state, and it really becomes a team experience. The team culture change has already been dramatic and the girls are working hard because they know they have a chance now.”
The 5A and 3A State Meets will take place together at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, Colorado on February 9-11.