Liam Gately Downs Pair of Records at Colorado 4A State Championships


  • Friday, May 19th-Saturday, May 20th
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Natatorium (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • 25-Yard Course
  • Psych Sheet
  • Meet Info
  • State Records
  • Live Results

The 2017 Colorado 4A State Championships are now in the books after the completion of Saturday’s finals session. The Cheyenne Mountain men dominated the meet as they won their 3rd-straight state title, winning 5 of the individual events and sweeping the relays.

Thompson Valley’s Liam Gately took down the 4A State Record in the 200 free, eclipsing Jeff Garnier’s (1:37.18) old record with a winning time of 1:36.94. Gately swept his individual races, as he returned for the 100 free later in the session. This time, he took down a 4A State Record formerly held by Daniel Carr (44.67), winning the event in 44.64.

Cheyenne Mountain’s Daniel Carr took control of the other 2 individual free reaces, showing off his range with a sprint and distance victory. Carr demolished the 4A State Record in the 50 free, lowering the mark by over half a second with his winning time of 20.45. The record formerly stood at a 21.05 done by Cole Worlsley in 2009. After breaking the 50 free record, Carr went on to win the 500 free in 4:33.99.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Men’s 200 Medley Relay- Cheyenne Mountain (Birnbaum, Harder, Stieglitz, MacRenato), 1:35.95
  • Men’s 200 IM- Ryan Peterson, Wheat Ridge, 1:53.01
  • Men’s 100 Fly- Kyle Leach, Cheyenne Mountain, 49.23
  • Men’s 200 Free Relay- Cheyenne Mountain (Leach, MacRenato, Harder, Carr), 1:25.90
  • Men’s 100 Back- Jerry Birnbaum, Cheyenne Mountain, 50.92
  • Men’s 100 Breast- Drake Manuello, Greeley Central, 57.80
  • Men’s 400 Free Relay- Cheyenne Mountain (Leach, Birnbaum, Stieglitz, Carr), 3:02.67

In This Story

Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

20.42 is and still is the 4A record by Hunter Doerr in 2015. Also, Carr had the 100 free record at 44.67

Lauren Neidigh

The official records archive on CHSAA’s website had them listed as stated in the article. I will double check and correct as necessary.

Gregor Samsa

CHSSA Record keeping is a bit scattered.
Below is a link to 2015 State Records. Last Year there was one 4A State Record by Caleb Hicks in 100 Fly.
Hunter Doer went 20.28 in 50 Free in 2015.


Doerr actually went 20.40 in the finals that year which is the 4A record. All great swims nonetheless especially for Liam and Daniel swimming at over 7000 feet elevation. The USAFA Natatorium motto- “The Air Is Rare – To Win At This Altitude You Have To Be Good.”

About Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She is now coaching for Loggerhead Aquatics in her hometown …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!