LOVELAND — Alex Roiniotis pulled himself out of the pool and tried to gather his breath.
It wasn’t working.
The Silver Creek High School freshman swam four events at Friday’s Class 4A state swimming preliminaries at Mountain View High School.
The feat isn’t that uncommon for most of the state’s top swimmers since four events is the maximum — two individual and two relays.
Unfortunately for Roiniotis, however, timing had something to with his weariness.
Roiniotis swam the final leg of Silver Creek’s 200-yard freestyle event and got just a one-heat rest before he had to be in the pool for his 100 backstroke swim.
“I’m going to go throw up now,” Roiniotis said with a half-smile on his face.
His legs were still wobbly heading into the backstroke, so he didn’t perform his best in the event. He still finished ninth and landed himself a spot in the consolation finals today, but out of a field of 11 swimmers, Roiniotis was a little disappointed.
“I didn’t have the time to get my legs back under me, but I’m okay with getting ninth,” he said. “It’s not like I barely missed eighth or anything, and I swam my hardest.”
Roiniotis will be back in the finals as part of two relays — 200 medley and 200 freestyle — and although he has plenty of club swimming experience, he said this has been good for him.
“The great thing about Alex is that he is so eager to get feedback after every swim,” Silver Creek co-coach Stephen Beam said. “He has been a great asset this season, and he has so much potential that it’s going to be exciting to watch him over the next few years.”
Roiniotis said he’s already learned a thing or two from the state meet.
“I’ve definitely learned that time management is a huge thing,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do (today), but I’m going to get as much rest as possible in between them.”
Overall, the Raptors have just the two relays in today’s finals and have swimmers in five individual consolation finals.
Bunta Yamazaki made it into the top 16 in both the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, and Nick Koerner and Matt Schreiner are seeded 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 100 freestyle.
Mike Schreiner, who just qualified for state at the conference meet, had the best day of his career, breaking one minute in the 100 butterfly and taking 18th overall.
“That is so great for him,” Beam said. “He’s gone through this whole season going back and forth on whether he could do it or not, and he came in and went under a minute. He deserved that so much.”
Longmont was represented Friday by just the 200 freestyle relay team of Kris Wayman, Kody Emerson, Joe Diefenbach and Kyle Louveau. They made it back to the consolations today as well as the 16th seed.
Longmont also didn’t qualify until the conference meet, so the Trojans were ecstatic to even be at state.
“They’re so excited right now,” Longmont co-coach Marie Huff said. “It was their fastest time of the year. Everybody dropped times, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Diving preliminaries will take place this afternoon, with the swimming and diving consolations and finals beginning at 5 p.m. at Mountain View.