Indians’ Morris wins 3rd straight breaststroke title
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.
Fruita Monument raced to a 22-5 lead after one quarter and cruised past Montezuma-Cortez 66-23.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures, with Mariah Love and Lauren LaBonde leading the way with 14 points apiece. Sam Parks added 11 points, and Kassidy Fair scored 10 for Fruita (15-6, 6-2 SWL).
Durango 36, Central 33: Tyler Hays led Central (5-14, 1-6 SWL) with 10 points and Robbi Termentozzi totaled nine rebounds for the Warriors.
Hotchkiss 43, Plateau Valley 21: The Bulldogs’ defense limited Plateau Valley to six points in the first half and 10 points in the first three quarters of their 1A/2A Western Slope League game. Hotchkiss forced 22 turnovers in the second half.
“There’s really no secret to our defense,” Bulldogs coach Eric Hollembeak said. “We just play hard and get in their faces.”
Katie Richards and Kylie Hodges led Hotchkiss with eight points apiece. Randy Schowalter paced Plateau Valley with six points.
Rifle 40, Eagle Valley 30: Chante Church made 12 of 16 free throws to finish with a team-high 19 points for Rifle. She also had four steals and Joey Kuheim led the Bears with 10 rebounds, including eight on offense, and Carsyn Copeland added eight rebounds.
Delta 42, Steamboat Springs 35: The Panthers outscored the Sailors 14-9 in the final quarter to pull away.
Fruita Monument led 58-47 in the fourth quarter, but Montezuma-Cortez closed the game with a 15-1 run over the final five-and-a-half minutes to beat the Wildcats 62-59.
Spencer Fair led the Wildcats with 19 points, Grant Stagged added 12 and Dylan Row scored 10.
Durango 39, Central 31: Central led by one point after three quarters, but the Warriors turned the ball over nine times in the final quarter and were outscored 12-3. Central made only one field goal in the final 12 minutes, 48 seconds.
Edward Becoat led the Warriors with 14 points.
Paonia 69, De Beque 23: Brian Linnell’s 14 points led the Eagles, who outscored De Beque 32-0 in the first quarter. Josiah Spano added 10 points, and Taylor Walters had four steals for Paonia, which shot 57 percent from the field.
Glenwood Springs 49, Battle Mountain 46: Brian Burbidge scored 15 points to lead Glenwood Springs.
Coal Ridge 56, Cedaredge 53: Coal Ridge outscored the Bruins 37-26 in the second half.