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Kylie Andrews' senior season on the Heritage girls swimming team was one to remember and Arapahoe junior diver Franny Cable finally had a season she doesn't want to forget.
Andrews was named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Swimmer of the Year and Cable was tabbed as the Diver of the Year.
“This season was probably my best,” said Andrews, who will swim next season at the University of Houston. “It was priceless. The competition was unbelievable, which made the wins even more special.
“My team was amazing. This season with the competition the stakes were getting higher and higher. It was a great way to finish my high school career.”
Andrews won championships in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events at the Class 4A State Swimming Championships on Feb. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton. She will leave Heritage as a five-time state champ. She won three titles in the 100 freestyle, captured the 100 backstroke in 2017 and was a dual winner in 2018 with the 200 freestyle victory.
She was selected as Colorado's 4A Swimmer of the Year in a vote by coaches and holds four individual school records and was part of three Heritage record relay teams.
“She is one of the best swimmers to come out of this school and we have a long list of very good swimmers,” said Eagles' coach Tom Byorick. “She is also a top-notch human being. She cares so much about others and she cares about the team. She brings the best out of others.”
Cable started diving just before her freshman season and missed qualifying for the finals at the Class 5A state meet by a half-point. Last season she was second at the state meet and both those finishes at state motivated her this season.
“Last year being second, she didn't like that at all,” said Arapahoe diving coach Jeff Smith. “This year she wanted to be No. 1 in the state and she wanted to go undefeated. She didn't lose. She went into each meet diving like it was the state championship.”
Cable captured the state title with 430.45 points and a 32-point advantage over runner-up senior Sam Tamborski of Douglas County/Castle View at the 5A state championships held in Fort Collins.
“Our coach has us fill out a goal sheet at the beginning of the year and what would a good season look like to you,” recalled Cable. “I said I wanted to be in the top 1. So I guess it was a goal.
“It was a very successful season. There were a couple meets where I could have done better but it was the best season I've had.”
One of Cable's toughest competitions this season was earning the South Metro Diver of the Year honors over Izzy Mroz and Tamborski.
Valor Christian senior Mroz, who has committed to Virginia Tech, won her second straight Class 4A diving championship but she only dove in a few high school meets before the state championships because of a back injury. Tamborski, a University of Iowa recruit, finished fifth, third and second at the state meet the past three seasons.
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