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ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon swimmers crowned state champions in girls swimming

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Two young Douglas County ladies, one from Rock Canyon and the other from ThunderRidge, topped the podium during the recent 5A Colorado Swimming Championships.

The meet was held on February 15 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Adams County.

Annie Ochitwa of ThunderRidge High School won first place in both the 50-Yard and 100-Yard Freestyle races. Lauren Moden of Legend High School wasn’t far behind, finishing in second place in both races.

Meanwhile, Abigail Kochevar of Rock Canyon High School won the State Championship in 100-Yard Backstroke. She also finished third in the 50-Yard Freestyle race.

Finally, Kaitlin Costello of Castle View High School was the state runner-up in 1-Meter Diving.

2014 5A State Girls Swimming Championship: DCSD Athletes

50-yard Freestyle
1st Place – Annie Ochitwa, ThunderRidge High School (STATE CHAMPION)
2nd Place - Lauren Moden, Legend High School (State Runner-Up)
3rd Place – Abigail Kochevar, Rock Canyon High School
4th Place – Gabrielle Liedy, Highlands Ranch High School

1-Meter Diving
2nd Place – Kaitlin Costello, Castle View High School (State Runner-Up)

100-Yard Freestyle
1st Place – Annie Ochitwa, ThunderRidge High School (STATE CHAMPION)
2nd Place - Lauren Moden, Legend High School (State Runner-Up)

100-Yard Backstroke
1st Place – Abigail Kochevar, Rock Canyon High School (STATE CHAMPION)

With those stunning finishes, ThunderRidge High School placed eighth in the meet and Rock Canyon High School was in tenth place.

Read more about the 5A State Championships on CHSAA Now

March 11, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.