Award: Swimming, High School
Location/Affiliation: Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins
- Broke Missy Franklin’s 200-yard IM record
- 3-time CHSAA 5A Swimmer of the Year
- NISCU All-American in five events
If your name is mentioned in the same sentence as U.S. Olympic Star Missy Franklin, you know you’ve become high school swimming royalty in the state of Colorado.
At the 2022 High School Girls Swimming State Championships, Fossil Ridge’s Lucy Bell won the Class 5A 200-yard IM with a time of 1:56.41, breaking Missy’s decade-old record in the event and catapulting herself into the ranks of Colorado’s all-time prep swimming legends. As a senior, Lucy also won her 3rd straight 100-yard freestyle title and overcame a 2.5-second deficit to anchor the Sabercats to their 6th straight title in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
In 2022, Lucy was named an NISCU All-American in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Lucy is now a freshman at Stanford University, where she will continue to reach for greater heights. This year’s High School Swimmer of the year, 13-time Colorado State champion, Lucy Bell.