El Pomar Natatorium set to host state’s best swimmers
The best high school boys swimmers and divers in Colorado will be in Grand Junction today and Saturday for the annual Class 5A state championships.
Powerhouse teams such as Regis Jesuit, Cherry Creek, Loveland and other Front Range schools will join the District 51 team to compete in 12 events at El Pomar Natatorium on the Colorado Mesa University campus.
The Class 4A state championships will take place in Thornton, and Western Slope teams from Montrose, Durango, Glenwood Springs and others will compete there.
Several individuals will compete for the District 51 Griffins team.
Junior Carlos Matthews will compete in the 100-yard butterfly as well as the 500 freestyle. He also will swim in two relays.
Senior Tyler Fair will compete in the 100 breaststroke and be part of all three relays for the Griffins, and senior Logan Young will join Matthews in the 500 freestyle.
All three District 51 relay teams qualified and will be in action at the meet.
The 200 medley relay will have Fair, Matthews, freshman Sam Jordan and senior Calvin Wright. Swimming in the 200 freestyle relay will be Wright, Fair, Jordan and sophomore Brock Curry. The foursome to compete in the 400 freestyle relay is Young, Curry, Fair and Matthews.
Griffins coach Jessica Haley said the team is looking forward to the opportunity.
“The boys had a great week of practice and are ready to compete,” she said.
The meet begins Friday with swim preliminaries starting at 4 p.m.
Diving preliminaries begin Saturday at 9 a.m. All swim and diving finals will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.
For those planning to catch some action, admission prices are: Individual session pass — adult $7, student $5, senior (age 60) $5. Saturday pass (all preliminaries and finals) $14.
Class 4A meet
The Montrose boys team has two individuals — juniors Clay Zentmeyer and Lars Knutson — with good shots of reaching the finals and placing in the top eight during their two days in Thornton for the 4A state meet.
And, depending on which of the three relays the Indians choose to focus on, “Hopefully our relays will do something, too,” Indians coach Silas Almgren said.
Zentmeyer comes into the state meet with the Indians’ highest seeds, fourth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly, and he has the potential to make the finals in both, Almgren said.
He thinks Montrose’s history at state works for Zentmeyer and the others.
“Our team has a good track record of stepping up at the next level,” Almgren said.
Zentmeyer also has previous state experience, placing 12th in the 200 freestyle last year.
Knutson is seeded sixth in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 freestyle, and he placed 14th at state in the 50 freestyle last year.
“I would also like to see Lars crack the top eight,” Almgren said. “I think he can, but he will have to improve on some things.”
Sophomore Ryan Ormsbee placed 13th in diving last year at state, and Almgren said he thinks Ormsbee can be back in the finals this year, looking to improve on that finish.
Joining Ormsbee on the diving board for Montrose will be sophomore Ethan Erickson. The Indians also have individual state qualifiers in sophomore Connor King (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), senior Jacob Solseth (100 butterfly) and freshman Daniel Hurford (100 freestyle).