Heritage junior saluted for season

Kylie Andrews is South Metro Girls Swimmer of the Year


One of Kylie Andrews’ best traits is her ability to rise to the occasion.

Andrews, a junior at Heritage High School, is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Swimmer of the Year.

“I felt like I got better when the competition got harder,” said Andrews. “It was a going up type of process. The competition got harder and harder and stiffer and stiffer and that was helpful for me to improve.”

Andrews won two individual titles at the Class 4A state swimming championships, finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.59 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.67. Last season Andrews won the Class 5A state title in the 100 freestyle.

“She is always up for challenges and always working to improve,” said Heritage coach Thomas Byorick.

A week before the state meet, Andrews won two individual events and swam on two winning relay teams at the Continental League championships. She set Continental League and school records in winning the 200 freestyle in 1:49.90 and the 100 butterfly in 55.58. And, she was part of the 100 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

“She had a very successful season with four individual team records and was a big part of two relay records,” pointed out Byorick. “She earned strong All America times in six events.

“While she is certainly a huge athletic asset for our team, she has emerged as a team leader who makes time for all of her teammates.”

Andrews swam a 50 freestyle record of 23.50 as the leadoff relay leg in the league meet and early in the season established school marks of 50.28 in the 100 freestyle and 53.88 in the 100 butterfly.

“I was just hoping to get better and keep improving my times,” said Andrews.

“I grew with my team so this was an accomplishing season.”

Every swimmer has meets when she might not be feeling good or when nothing feels right during the warmups.

“When I get in those situations, the faster I get to the wall the faster the pain will go away,” said Andrews.

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