Sophomore Bell Drops 1:58.1 200 IM At Colorado Girls’ 5A State Championships



  1. Fairview- 382.5
  2. Cherry Creek-348
  3. Regis Jesuit- 326
  4. Fossil Ridge- 284
  5. Arapahoe- 247

Fairview repeated as champions as they won the 2020 Colorado Girls’ 5A State Championships. That marks the program’s 4th state title in history. Though Fairview and Cherry Creek didn’t win any events this year, they had the depth to take the top 2 spots ahead of Regis Jesuit.

Fossil Ridge opened the meet with a title in the 200 medley relay, as Renee Gillilan (back- 25.71), Mahala Erlandson (breast- 28.93), Lucy Bell (fly- 23.34), and Emma Stahl (free- 23.52) combined for a 1:41.50. Bell, a sophomore, went on to win the 200 IM. She dropped half a second to win the title in 1:58.16 and now owns back-to-back titles in the event. Bell also swam under 50 for the first time in prelims of the 100 free with a 49.70. She won the final in 49.81. At the end of the meet, she smashed her best time with a 49.17 to lead off Fossil Ridge’s winning 400 free relay (3:25.55).

Fellow Fossil Ridge sophomore Gillilan defended her title in the 100 fly with a 53.47. She’s got 2 more years to chase down the State Record of 52.17, set by older sister Colleen in 2018. Her lifetime best 52.95 is within tenths of that. Gillilan also picked up a title in the 100 back, winning in 54.77.

Chatfield set a new State Record in the 200 free relay. The team put together a 1:34.12 to set the mark. Avery Turner led off in 23.91. Mia Norrid swam a 23.32 on the 2nd leg. Meghan Mulvihill (23.88) and Kathryn Shanley (23.01) took on the closing legs.

Additional Event Winners

  • Chatfield’s Shanley was just off her lifetime best as she won the 200 free in 1:49.41. Shanley swept her individual events with a 4:54.07 in the 500 free.
  • Heritage’s Anna Shaw broke 23 seconds in the 50 free, touching in 22.99 to edge out Rocky Mountain’s Meredith Smithbaker (23.12). Shaw placed 2nd in the 100 free (50.10).
  • Girls 100 breast: Regis Jesuit’s Sophia Bradac shaved a hundredth off her lifetime best to win the 100 breast in 1:02.22.

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Henry Romero
2 years ago

Great job Chatfield! Kathryn Shanley is shining. 4:54.04 converts to 4:49.04 please note. Very impressive swim at high altitude with little to no rest. Shanley was also 1:48.21 converted in the 200 free. Both great swims.

John Febras
2 years ago


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