AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Take what you can get.
The psyche sheets for a swim meet are nothing more than paper. They aren’t definitive results to be followed, just a guideline to set up the races. Swimmers can stay in their lane, so to speak, or they can seek out more than what is expected, and a host of local swimmers did just that as the Air Force Natatorium hosted the preliminary session of the 4A State Swimming Championships on Friday.
If Reed Charron jumping 10 spots to nab the final swim in the 500-yard freestyle consolation finals isn’t impressive enough, Caden Denton vaulted 11 spots to take 15th in the 100 breaststroke. Both are seniors, and each will spend Saturday competing in the state finals for the first time.
Neither wanted to settle, so they took one last, grand shot and made it pay off.
“I knew from my last two years that I could have done that well,” Charron said. “I didn’t know how well I would do at this pool, but it feels really good that I did.”
Charron wasn’t even in one of the barrel heats of the event, so he was really a long shot. He stormed out in front of his heat, leaving nobody to push him other than himself, touching in at 5:11.19, more than 7 seconds faster than his seed time and more than a second faster than the first alternate.
All that did was give him three heats to watch and wait.
“I knew I was going to be on the edge,” Charron said. “I didn’t know exactly where I would place, and Dale (TVHS coach Leonhart) and I watched the final heat, and…