Ana Rojas Peak Performer

This week's Peak Performer is Doherty freshman swimmer Ana Rojas. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

These days, the record board above the Doherty swimming pool looks incomplete.

There's no name in the spot next to the 100-yard butterfly. That's because this past weekend, freshman Ana Rojas broke the school record in that event, last set in 1976, so officials had to remove the previous record holder's name from the board.

But they're leaving it blank — for now.


"Because she'll only get faster," coach Murphy Barry said about Rojas, who was named this week's The Gazette Preps Peak Performer.

Rojas' name likely won't be put on the board until the season is finished, when there's no need to replace her name and times again and again.

The freshman is coming off an impressive weekend at the Cheyenne Mountain Invitational where she finished first in the 100 butterfly, setting a school record with a time of 57.14 seconds. She also took third in the 50 freestyle and was just .5 seconds off the school mark.

Rojas is only getting started.

The Cheyenne Mountain Invitational is considered the first big meet of the season for Pikes Peak region swimmers. And Rojas put on quite a show, as she broke the school record in the butterfly twice — once in the prelims, then in the finals.

Rojas is eyeing other school records, including in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Barry said she believes Rojas can threaten all those marks during her freshman season.

At the club level, Rojas has already clocked times that could top school records in those events.

But Barry said Rojas likely won't get those marks until the state meet, when a bevy of records across the state typically fall.

For Rojas, it's not just about setting records. She wants to get better and better every day with the goal of one day competing at the college level.

This is a sport she didn't think she'd like at first.

Her parents simply wanted Rojas to learn how to swim, so they made a deal. Once she learned all the different strokes, they said, she could stop taking swim classes. That didn't happen, however.

"But I really love swimming," she said.

Rojas stuck with it. And now, she could leave Doherty with her name placed multiple times on the school record board.

Her other focus, however, is to help the newer swimmers on the Spartans roster to improve. Everything else, her coach tells her, will fall into place.

"Before my races, (Coach) Murphy tells me to do what I know," Rojas said. "Just to swim the best I can. And the records will just be extra."


Ana Rojas, Doherty

Sport: Swimming

Year: Freshman

Events: Butterfly, backstroke, freestyles

Stats: The freshman won the 100-yard butterfly at the Cheyenne Mountain Invitational this past week by setting a school record in the event with a time of 57.14 seconds. She also took third in the 50 freestyle and was just .5 seconds off the school mark.

Favorite pump-up song: "POWER" by Kanye West 

Favorite school subjects: Biology, science and math

Favorite team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite athlete: Missy Franklin


Other Peak Performers

Boys' basketball

Javonte Johnson, Cheyenne Mountain

Last week, the junior scored 20-plus points four times. He led the Indians (7-1) to a three-game sweep at the Pueblo East Coaches Classic. Johnson's best effort was in the tournament finale when he exploded for 39 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 79-67 win over Pueblo County.

Girls' basketball

Sanee' Cates, Palmer

In four games at the Pueblo County Tournament last week, the senior averaged 19 points. She shot 86 percent from the foul line, including making 20 of 21 free throws in a 62-55 win over Widefield. In that game, she also scored a season-high 31 points to go with four rebounds and three steals.

Rachel Ingram, Colorado Springs Christian School

The senior guard scored 22 points in a 57-19 win over Fowler last Saturday to surpass the 1,000-point mark in her prep career. It also helped the Lions to a 4-0 record. A day earlier, Ingram had a 21-point outing in a 75-39 win over Rocky Ford.


Scott Sullivan, Cheyenne Mountain

He scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Indians to a 5-0 shutout of Air Academy last Saturday. The scores brought his season totals to 11 goals and six assists as Cheyenne Mountain improved to 2-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Summit Conference.


Jett Strickenberger, Discovery Canyon

The sophomore was the lone Pikes Peak region wrestler to leave the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament with an individual title. He did it at 113, beating Cleveland (N.M) junior Tristan Mascarenas 5-3 in the final. It was Mascarenas' first loss this season. Meanwhile, Strickenberger is unbeaten at 5-0.

Chhun Sun is a sports reporter with an emphasis in preps. He joined The Gazette in April 2015 and covered public safety for three years before joining @gazettepreps staff. The Thailand-born Cambodian-American has been in journalism for nearly two decades.

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