Fears overcome: Morris conquers aversion to water to win state swim title

Montrose’s Logan Morris takes a breath during the breaststroke portion of the 400-meter individual medley on Friday during the Colorado Long Course State Championships at El Pomar Natatorium. Morris placed sixth in the IM, but won a state title in the 100 breaststroke.

Logan Morris remembers being terrified of the water.

She’s not anymore. The Montrose 15-year-old is a Colorado state champion.

Morris, who swims for the Delta Club team, won the girls 18-under 100-meter breaststroke in one minute, 17.61 seconds Friday night at the Colorado Long Course State Championships at El Pomar Natatorium on the campus of Mesa State College. The state meet continues today.

“I’ve waited so long to do this,” Morris said. “I felt so much better than (Friday) morning. I knew this was it. I was so nervous before, but all my nerves were gone.”

Morris was so excited, she cried and hugged a new friend, former Delta Club swimmer Karoline Fry.

“It was amazing,” Fry said. “She was so worried, but there was nothing to worry about.”

Morris also placed sixth in the 400 individual medley in 5:41.48.

Both feats were amazing, considering she dreaded taking swimming lessons.

“When I was 5 years old, I was terrified of the water,” Morris said. “I’ve been taking swimming lessons and my mom was like, ‘You need to try out for the swim team.’

“I remember her telling me it was OK if I held on to the (edge). I’m really glad she did that right now.”

Still, it took a while before Morris felt comfortable.

“I didn’t really like it as I got older,” she said. “When I was 11 or 12 it was really fun. Now, I definitely want to do it through college.”

Morris qualified for sectionals and nationals last year and for sectionals again this year in the 100 breaststroke. She placed 16th at sectionals last year.

The Grand Junction Dolphins’ Carlos Matthews didn’t win a state title, but had a personal best swim in the 400 individual medley.

The 15-year-old took ninth place with a time of 5:19.53.

“I saw my friends and family toward the end and you know what, I was like, ‘This is state. I’m going to swim my fastest.’ ” Matthews said. “My family and teammates motivated me so much.”

Matthews’ goal for the 400 IM was 5:30.

Matthews qualified for the finals in the 100 butterfly, but didn’t place in the top eight.

“It helped me get out there a little bit,” Matthews said. “My back, I got out there (ahead) a little more then my breast. The free, I just went all out.”

Charlie Mechling of Sorpis (Glenwood Springs) placed fourth in the girls 11-12 200 individual medley (2:43.42) and seventh in the 400 freestyle (5:09.84).

Delta’s Michael Barnosky took eighth in the boys 18-under 100 breaststroke in 1:14.76.


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