Franny Cable and Lindsay Stenstrom have a lot in common.
Both are heading to major universities next fall on swimming and diving scholarships and both are focused on their sports.
And both were honored by Colorado Community Media.
Cable, a senior at Arapahoe High School, is the 2018-19 South Metro Girls Diver of the Year. Stenstrom, a senior at Valor Christian High School, is the 2018-19 South Metro Girls Swimmer of the Year.
Cable won her second consecutive 5A diving title in February with a Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center pool record of 562.10 points. She also repeated as the Continental League diving champion.
“It was a hard year at the beginning but I definitely picked it up more and more as I got closer to state,” said Cable, who will continue her diving career at the University of Kansas. “It was my senior year and I was going to do the best that I could.”
Arapahoe diving coach Jeff Smith marvels at Cable’s talent and tenacity.
“Her laser-like focus is unmatched,” said Smith. “She gets up, smiles at the judges like it’s a game, then goes into the zone like none other. Since her second-place finish at state her sophomore year, she has lost only once. That happened this year at the Coaches Invitational. I saw it in her eyes — that was never going to happen again.
“She has grown as a person in our time together. At practice when she is not on the boards, she is always playing around. Her playfulness during practice is contagious. It makes everyone loosen up, have fun and come back.”
Stenstrom, whose mother Lori was a swimmer at Stanford and whose sister Brooke is a member of the current Stanford Cardinals team, has signed to swim at UCLA.
She won the 5A Jeffco individual championships in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. She was fourth at the 5A state meet in the 50 freestyle and the runner-up in the 100 freestyle.
“Obviously I wanted to place high but I just gave it my best,” said Stenstrom.
Valor coach Melody Peotter expects to hear more about Stenstrom’s successes in the future.
“Transitioning from 4A to 5A was a challenge for our team, but Lindsay rose to the challenge and finished her high school career well,” said Peotter. “Lindsay is a strong competitor and committed athlete. She excels at everything she puts her mind to both in and out of the pool. I believe she will thrive next year swimming at UCLA.”
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