The Regis Jesuit-Cherry Creek swim meet is always a heated affair. Since 2011, when RJ ended CC’s string of 6-straight State Championships (the first of which followed-up a 2006 RJ State Championships), these two teams have taken their rivalry to a new level. The next chapter was written on Tuesday night in the “bubble” of the Raiders, where Missy Franklin and her fellow seniors were honored on Senior Night as Regis won by score of 201-133.
Franklin took a pair of individual victories by winning the 200 free (1:49.78) and the 100 back (55.92), as well as leading the Regis Jesuit 400 free relay to a win in 3:38.96 (Couldn’t get splits as there was a bit of a timing snafu). RJ actually swept all of the events but one in the meet en route to a lopsided victory.
In other racing, Regis Jesuit swimmers Delaney Lanker and Kaylie Breslin had a great battle in the 100 fly. The much more experienced Lanker was able to pull out the victory on the back-half in 59.27, but the freshman Breslin has shown great promise this season and was 2nd in 59.52 (she’s been a 58.1 this season already).
The big win for Cherry Crek came from Emily Vazquez, who won the girls’ 500 free in 5:21.18, a 5-second victory ahead of TJ’s Lindsay Kriz that was earned almost entirely in the last 100 yards (Vazquez split-home in an awesome 1:03.1, as compared to Kriz’s 1:06.7).
This rivalry got really hot Tuesday morning, when the Wall Street Journal released an article that quoted several parents and former swimmers at Cherry Creek questioning whether Franklin should even be swimming high school, given all of her international accolades. There were no signs of this at the meet, however, which was a friendly affair that appeared focused on healthy competition and recognizing the accomplishments of the seniors in their final dual meet.
Up next for Franklin is the Colorado State Championship meet, where we’ll find out which events her and her coaches decide she’ll be best-suited for. She’s achieved state qualifying times in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles, the 200 IM, the 500 free, and the 100 back (in other words, all but two of the individual swimming events).