Griffins open with a flourish
Relay teams post qualifying times in win vs. Montrose
Two District 51 relay teams posted qualifying times for the Class 5A state meet Saturday as the Griffins won a season-opening boys swimming and diving dual 167-138 over Montrose at El Pomar Natatorium.
The meet was supposed to include Durango and Moffat County, but they couldn’t make it to Grand Junction because of the weather, so the meet became a dual.
District 51’s Tyler Fair, Samuel Jordan, Carlos Matthews and Brock Curry teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 49.39 seconds, good for a state-qualifying berth. Matthews, Fair, Jordan and Logan Young combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.49 and claim a spot at state.
Matthews added individual wins in the 200 freestyle (1:53.42) and 100 butterfly (58.04 seconds), Fair won the 100 backstroke (59.73) and Samuel won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.17).
Montrose’s Clay Zentmeyer won two events, the 50 freestyle (22.35) and 500 freestyle (5:10.03), eclipsing Class 4A state-qualifying times in each.
Montrose also got a win from Lane Zentmeyer in the 200 individual medley (2:31.66), Daniel Hurford in the 100 freestyle (52.24) Ryan Ormsbee in 1-meter diving (165.7 points) and its 200 freestyle relay (1:37.42) of Jacob Solseth, Chris Williams, Hurford and Clay Zentmeyer.
Durango raced to a 4-0 halftime lead and defeated Central 5-0 at Long Family Park. The Demons took 12 shots on goal to the Warriors’ two.
■ Grand Junction’s game at Columbine was postponed and will be made up March 15. Its game at Ralston Valley, which was postponed Friday, will be made up March 16.
Douglas County took a 6-1 halftime lead and defeated Grand Junction 10-3 in nonleague game.
Luke Dome, Marques Combs and Scottie Foster scored the Tigers’ goals and Grand Junction goalie Kolton Flick made 10 saves in the team’s season opener.
Tigers coach James States said the snowy, rainy weather was a huge factor, and he thought his team had first-game jitters.
“Our offense got a little antsy because Douglas County was controlling the possession pretty well,” States said. “We got shots. … The looks were there. They just didn’t hit them.”
Douglas County (2-0) outshot Grand Junction 38-32.
■ Fruita Monument’s game at Steamboat Springs was postponed. A makeup date has not been set.
Fruita Monument’s game at Eagle Valley was postponed. A makeup date has not yet been set.