MHS Morris 3-Peats at State Swimming

Feb 10th @ 8:11 am in News, People, Public Service, Sports by Scott Staley

Logan Morris

This story appears in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Logan Morris won her third consecutive 100-yard breaststroke state title in the Class 4A state swimming championships on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

And just as she did in Friday’s preliminary round, Morris, a senior headed to New Mexico State University, set a 4A state-meet record. Her time was 1 minute, 3.6 seconds.

Thompson Valley won its fourth straight 4A team title.

“It’s always been my goal to be a breaststroke state champion for my entire high school career,” Morris said.

Morris did not swim as a freshman.

“Coming to the wall at the third (lap) was when I knew she probably had it,” Montrose coach Ellen Erickson said. “She just has that drive and has great feet for the kick. And she’s so strong. Her arms are strong, so where other girls start to tire she just finds strength from somewhere.”

Morris also finished 10th in the 200 individual medley.

Also for Montrose, Brook Gaber took 11th in the 100 breaststroke (third in the consolation final), the Indians’ 200 medley relay took 10th and its 200 freestyle relay finished 15th.

In the Class 5A state swimming championship at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins, Fruita Monument diver Tamera Newland placed 17th, just missing the finals (the top 16 advance).

Regis Jesuit won the team title as the Raiders’ Missy Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, swam a 1:56.86 in the 200 individual medley to set a national independent school record.

Franklin also won the 500 freestyle with an all-time state-record 4:41.72 and anchored Regis Jesuit’s winning 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay teams.