Montrose’s Morris Attempts Swimming 3-peat

Feb 8th @ 7:29 am in Local Events, News, People, Public Service, Sports by Scott Staley

Logan Morris

This story comes from the GJ Sentinel http://www.gjsentinel.com/S=78231c09dc7c79e6528ae65f7805de1b40b82e6d/sports/articles/triple-the-fun/

Triple the fun?  Montrose’s Morris goes for three-peat at state swim meet

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Grand Junction’s Taylor Kidd will swim in four events today and Saturday at the Class 5A state swim meet — the 200-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.


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Montrose’s Brooke Gaber will swim in four events at the Class 4A state swim meet at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.


QUICKREAD

STATE SWIMMING

Class 5A qualifiers

Fruita Monument

Tamera Newland, jr. — diving.

Grand Junction

Taylor Kidd, soph. — 200-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay.

Taylor Kochevar, soph. — 200 medley relay.

Marina Silva, soph. — 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.

Trinity Simmons, jr. — 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.

Ellen Atkinson, sr. — 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay.

Jessica Deters, sr. — 400 freestyle relay.

Arainne Martin, sr. — relays alternate.

Class 4A qualifiers

Montrose

Logan Morris, sr. — 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay.

Brook Gaber, sr. — 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.

Larissa Grammer, sr. — diving.

Mara Gabriel, soph. — 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay.

Allison Foulk, jr. — 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay.

Sandra Stangebye, jr. — 200 freestyle relay.

Callie Storter, soph. — 200 medley relay.

Hope Morris, fr. — 400 freestyle relay.


By Nick Walter
Friday, February 8, 2013

Before she leaves high school swimming, Logan Morris would like to make it three.

The Montrose swimmer will be going for her third consecutive Class 4A 100-yard breaststroke title today and Saturday at the 4A state swimming championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

Last season, Morris touched the wall in the 100 breaststroke final in 1 minute, 4.03 seconds to set a 4A state meet record by 0.25 seconds. Although Morris enters this meet ranked No. 3 in the event, with a season-best time that’s three seconds behind her state-record time, don’t count her out. Morris is a bit faster than she was at this time last year, Montrose coach Ellen Erickson said.

“She is a championship meet swimmer,” Erickson said. “She just has that quality of, ‘I’ve got to go. I’ve got to get this done.’ All the girls do great at racing. She just has that extra step.”

Montrose qualified eight swimmers for state, which Erickson said is about average for the program.

Morris also will swim the 200 individual medley and two relays: the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.

Grand Junction, meanwhile, qualified seven swimmers for the Class 5A state swimming championships at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins today and Saturday.

Taylor Kidd, a sophomore, qualified in four events: 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Kidd is ranked No. 8 in the 200 freestyle and No. 14 in the 100 butterfly.

Fruita Monument diver Tamera Newland will represent the Wildcats at the meet.

She’ll be involved in the same meet as Regis Jesuit’s Missy Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist who holds world records in the 200-meter backstroke and, along with teammates, the 400 medley relay.

Because of the hype surrounding Franklin, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced that media will only be allowed to interview Franklin during a Saturday news conference after the finals have concluded.

Franklin, a senior, will swim the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.

“Last year I think we were kind of shell-shocked,” Grand Junction coach Janet Ryan said about Franklin. “This year I think we’re ready.”

At least year’s meet, Newland had a unique run-in with Franklin.

“We were watching the finals of diving, and we ended up sitting on her stuff,” Newland said. “So we all ended up meeting her. She was just so polite. She said, ‘Can I just get my towel out from under you guys?’ So genuine and so sweet.”

It also will be a unique meet for Grand Junction’s Jessica Deters.

Deters, a senior, qualified for state after overcoming torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. In November 2011, about nine weeks after her first surgery, Deters, then a junior, said she swam the 500 freestyle at the District 51 Championships — without using her arms.

“I have a good kick,” she said, adding she beat two swimmers in the race.

Deters had a second surgery to repair the other rotator cuff on Feb. 3, 2012.

It has been one year.

And she’s going to state.

“It’s amazing,” said Marina Silva, who, along with Trinity Simmons and Ellen Atkinson, swims the 400 freestyle relay with Deters. “Anything’s possible, I guess. She’s better and stronger than she was before the surgeries, I think.”

Regardless, the Tigers, and Newland, will be looking to make their marks.

“Just the chance to go to the other side of the mountain and show what the Western Slope can do,” Newland said.

Which is?

“Kick butt.”