By Dan Karpiel
Swimming: Lady Spartans dominate conference rival Eaton
The Berthoud High School (BHS) swimming and diving jumped in the pool last week at the Mountain View Aquatics Center where they hosted Eaton for a dual amongst conference foes. The Lady Spartans dominated the team that was a runner-up at the conference meet late year, winning by a 205-99 final. Berthoud took first place in nine of the 12 events contested.
Sarah McCormick won the one-meter diving event with a score of 179 while teammate Abigail Wiggins took second place, scoring 155.85. Kysa Keck and Jamie Dellwardt each earned won two events on the afternoon, with Keck taking first place in the 50-yard freestyle (27.35 seconds) and 100-yard butterfly (1:09.37s) races and Dellwardt winning the 100-yard freestyle (56.15s) and her signature event, the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.74.
Arika Beard won the 100-yard breaststroke competition in 1:18.98 and also took third place in the 100-yard butterfly race, turning in a time of 1:14.96. Kristina Ball took home the gold medal in the 500-yard freestyle endurance race, finishing with a time of 6:08.82. Berthoud also took first place in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard free relay. Abby Dodd earned a pair of second place finishes on the afternoon in the 500 and 200 freestyle races, Emma Jo Miller took second in the 200 yard individual medley and Marin Kasperbauer earned a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle sprint race.
Berthoud will be back in the pool on Thursday, Jan. 16 when they compete in a tri meet Skyline and Liberty Common at Loveland High.
Wrestling: Berthoud takes sixth in Arvada
The BHS wrestling squad took a trip down to Arvada West High School last weekend to participate in the 25-team Ron Granieri Memorial Tournament and turned in an impressive showing. The Spartans took sixth place overall in team scoring, finishing with 125.0 points and saw five grapplers take the podium.
Senior Kyle Conlon took first place in the 160lb weight class, winning four bouts after having an opening round bye to improve to 15-4 on the season. Conlon defeated Pueblo East’s Sullivan Deherrera win a pin in just 1:16, picked up a 10-8 decision against Ashenafi Cunningham of Columbine in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Conlon was pushed to the third period and ultimately won a via the fall in 5:36 over Christia Hafey to advance to the title bout. In the finals, Conlon won a 7-3 decision over Jackson Heford, the No. 1 seed in the 160lb bracket.
Freshman Will Moneypenny earned a second-place finish in the 106lb lightweight class. Moneypenny got things started with a 4-2 decision over Jefferson’s Dominic Salazar and advanced to the semifinals with a pin in 3:32 of Vincent Cabral of Pomona. Moneypenny battled Prairie View’s Ane’e Vigil, the top-seed in the weight class, to overtime and won a 20-12 in the first tie-breaker to advance to title bout. In the finals, Moneypenny suffered a 11-0 major decision defeat, one that was understandable considering the duration of his win in the semifinals.
Berthoud also saw Talyn Massie bring home fourth place while L.T. Torres and Brock Leypoldt each claim fifth. The Spartans will make the long trek down to Florence this upcoming weekend for the annual Mel Smith Invitational.
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