Greeley West Boys Win First-Ever 4A Colorado HS State Championship


  • May 17th-18th, 2019
  • 4A (smaller schools of 2 divisions)
  • VMAC, Thornton, Colorado
  • 4A Finals begin on Saturday at 3:30 PM Mountain Time
  • Live Results
  • Prelims Recap

The finals of the 4A Colorado High School State Championships was a dramatic session, as the Discovery Canyon and Greeley West boys came in separated by 2 points after prelims.

It was expected to be a tight battle between the two teams, until a costly infraction sent the Discovery Canyon boys out of contention. While results show the team won the 200 medley relay (1:33.62), the CHSAANow recap revealed that 2 swimmers jumped into the pool post-race, causing a disqualification. The Windsor boys were the next-fastest team with a 1:34.28.

Into the 200 free, Wheat Ridge’s Ryan Peterson defended his 2018 title with a sub-1:40 time of 1:39.35. Greeley West’s Nathan Kenigsburg held on for second place with a 1:41.05. The 100 free produced the same outcome, with Peterson winning with a 45.05 while Kenigsburg touched out Mullen’s William Chavez 46.31 to 46.40.

After the sudden disqualification from the 200 medley relay, Discovery Canyon freshman Quintin McCarty gave his team their first win of the meet in the 50 free. McCarty broke the 21-second barrier with a 20.90, touching out Pueblo County’s John Plutt (21.10) by two-tenths. Plutt later won the 100 fly with a sub-50 second swim of 49.51.

Montrose’s Ryan King also defended his 2018 title in the 500 free, dominating the field by over 12 seconds with a 4:33.47. Shortly after, Broomfield won the 200 free relay with a 1:27.08, powered by Harrison Lierz‘s 20.10 anchor split. Lierz continued to represent Broomfield with his double wins in the 200 IM (1:49.54) and 100 back (48.59).

In the remaining two events, Greeley West secured great points that carried them to the end. In the 100 breast, sophomore Baylor Lewis finished in 3rd place with a 58.85. Lewis finished behind Cheyenne Mountain’s Gabe Grauvogel (58.07) and champion Joshua-Ryan Lujan of Pine Creek (56.99).

Despite their 200 medley relay mishap, the Discovery Canyon boys finished strong with a victory in the 400 free relay with a 3:08.64. Right behind Mullen (3:10.84) and Windsor (3:14.11) were the Greeley West boys, whose 3:15.29 bumped them to fourth after placing fifth in prelims.

With the final scores, Greeley West won their first-ever state title with 323 points. If Discovery Canyon’s 200 medley relay would have been legal, they could have won the meet. However, the team settled for second with 307 points.

Top 5 Teams

  1. Greeley West- 323
  2. Discovery Canyon- 307
  3. Silver Creek- 263.5
  4. Mullen- 236
  5. Windsor- 225

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olde coach

Had the race been completed when the swimmers reentered the pool?

Colorado High

Yes. There’s a rule that states that competitors may not re-enter the water without the permission of the head official. This one (and last year’s suit logo DQ) is on the coaches. They failed to inform the athletes about the rules in each case and in last year’s, see the suit was a problem and get it addressed before the swim.


This rule is just not for high school, this is also a USA Swimming rule and possibly a FINA rule. A swimmer cannot re-enter the pool after he/she leaves the pool. Let’s not blame the coach. These kids are club swimmers. Club swimmers should already be aware of this rule. Let’s think about club swimming, once a heat is finished a new heat starts. You never see relay swimmers getting in the pool after their heat.

Jen Whit

There are many errors in this article. After completion of the race, the two swimmers joined other swimmers from different teams who were already in the pool warming down. However, it was ruled that the relay would not be viewed as a unit but as individual swimmers. Therefore, under their interpretation of the rule, only the final swimmer in a relay is allowed the opportunity to cool down. This is a true disadvantage to the other swimmers and is a quite narrow and unfair interpretation of the rule. After last year’s logo mishap, CHSAA amended their rule and stated that in the future the swimmer would be given a warning and allowed the opportunity to change suits. GIven that other… Read more »


Not that this isn’t an unfortunate situation for everyone involved. But for the conference meet at least, the athletes were only permitted to enter the pool (after each event) once it was announced that the pool was open. The rule still applied, and should have been reinforced by needing to wait until permission was given. We have seen relays disqualified for this in the past during the CO high school season.


Stock photo for this article is Harrison Lierz at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Austin, TX. (Championship final in the 200 back.) It has been mentioned in other local Colorado media posts that Harrison had about 5 minutes between the 200 Yard Free Relay (with the 20.10 relay split) to swim the championship round for the 100 back and took the win.

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Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro has had a huge passion for swimming since his first dive in the pool, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing, but still uses the sport as his go-to cardio. SwimSwam has become an outlet for him to continue showing his …

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