Seniors swim as Sabercats for last time


Liam H. Flake

Senior Kylie Rinker smiles at the camera while warming up

Olivia Doro, Editor in Chief

After a successful season, the Class of 2019 said goodbye at their last home meet of the season. Both male and female swim teams at Fossil Ridge High School have created dynasties defined by consecutive State Championships, major college signings, state records, and countless All-American athletes. So it was not surprising when the girls outswam all their city rivals with 214 points at their last All City Quad meet again on Tuesday, January 24. It was a bittersweet victory that added fuel to the fire as the girls head into their Conference Championships at the beginning of February before they go on to swim at the CHSAA State Championships February 8 and 9 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Thornton. The girls look good as they only have three meets where they did not place first and eight in which they won putting their record at 8-3 as they head into the Conference Championships this week.

At the All City Quad Fossil swam first in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, 1-meter diving, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay. If you count that is all twelve events in which the Sabercats took first place, a clean win for the girls who already outswam the city teams earlier in their season. It was an incredible win that was also the last time the seniors would be competing as Sabercats on their home turf.

Senior captain Kara Trombley said, “The hardest part about leaving will be saying goodbye to my teammates, some of my best friends and memories from high school have been with this team and if I could, I would do it all over again.” Trombley is among three captains which include Zara Alkaff and Ainsley Tyree. These captains have done a great job leading the swim team this season and make sure to wish the girls luck before they head to State.

Liam H. Flake
Senior captain Ainsley Tyree sheds tears as a fellow swimmer comforts her