Former Lewis-Palmer state champion takes over Rangers swimming programs

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(Ryan Casey/

Laura Day once shined in the pool for the Lewis-Palmer Rangers. Now, she's looking for the current crop of L-P swimmers to reach the heights she became accustomed to in her time as a student-athlete.

Day has been named as the new head coach of the boys and girls swimming teams following the retirement of Alan Arata.

"I consider myself fortunate to have been one of the many athletes coached by Alan," Day said in a statement released by Lewis-Palmer. "Last year, I worked alongside Alan as his assistant coach and had the pleasure of getting to know our swimmers and divers; with Coach Arata’s retirement, the head coaching position has been passed on to me for the upcoming year and I’m excited to see all our returning and incoming athletes when we start the girls’ season in November!"

Day claimed the 2010 Class 4A state championship in the 100-breaststroke and then went on to swim at the Division I level. After her time at San Diego State, she qualified for and competed in the 2012 Olympic trials.

Once her in-pool career was over, she served as a student-assistant coach at San Diego State before graduating and making her way back to the Colorado Springs area.

She joined the staff at L-P last year and became the logical choice to succeed Arata when he announced his retirement following the conclusion of the boys swimming season last spring.