Finals berth not to be for GJ swimmer Kidd

THORNTON — Taylor Kidd was hoping this year would be a little different at the Class 5A state swimming and diving championships.

After qualifying for the state meet as a freshman and sophomore, the Grand Junction High School junior was hoping to reach the finals in her two individual events for the first time.

It was not to be, however, as Kidd will have to wait in the wings and hope for the best today.

Kidd entered the preliminary heats of the 200-yard freestyle with the ninth-fastest time of the season in the state, but she swam more than a half-second slower than her season-best time. She clocked in at 1 minute, 56.1 seconds, landing her in 18th place and placing her as second alternate in today’s ‘B’ finals.

In her other individual event, the 500 freestyle, Kidd placed 26th (5:19.19).

“I really wanted to make it back (on Saturday) to the finals,” she said of the goal she had set entering the state meet at Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

Respiratory and congestion difficulties the previous two weeks set her back, but she didn’t use that as an excuse.

“I’d like to say that’s the reason I didn’t swim well, but some days you have it, and some days you don’t,” she said.

Although she swam better Friday than she had in her previous two state attempts, “For me, state had never been a meet that’s been good to me,” she said.

If anything, Kidd said, she’s pressing too much.

“I’m working too hard; I’m putting too much pressure on myself,” she said.

If she learned anything from this year’s state meet, it’s that her only focus needs to been on the lane she’s in and the wall ahead of her.

“I really just have to think of it as my race and not anybody else’s,” she said of her plan to change her mental approach next season.

The Tigers’ other individual competitor, Marina Silva, was 41st in the 50 freestyle (25.59).

None of Grand Junction’s three relay teams qualified for this afternoon’s finals: the 200 medley relay of Kidd, Silva, Kianna Colaizzi and Taylor Kochevar finished 27th (1:56.3); the 200 freestyle relay of Kidd, Silva, Kochevar and Trinity Simmons was 28th (1:45.01); and the 400 freestyle relay of Silva, Kochevar, Taylor Wood and Avery Pope was 36th (4:07.79).

Fruita Monument’s one individual swimmer, Kathryn McConnell, was 44th (1:03.94) in the 100 backstroke, and the Wildcats’ 200 medley relay of McConnell, Kailey Shabelski, Michaela Hoffman and Ashley Hoefer finished 38th (2:02.23).

Class 4A

Freshman Allison Fields recorded the best finish for Montrose at the Class 4A state championships in Fort Collins.

Fields finished 17th in the
500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 37.87 seconds.

All other events were preliminaries, and none of the Montrose swimmers advanced to today’s finals.

The Indians had three swimmers in the 100 breaststroke, where sophomore Hope Morris finished 21st (1:13.19), senior Allison Foulk was 22nd (1:13.46), and junior Callie Storter was 33rd (1:17.1).

Fields was 32nd in the 200 freestyle (2:07.76), and she joined Storter, freshman Allie Freeburg and senior Sandra Stangebye on the 200 freestyle relay, which was 32nd in 1:50.98.

Montrose’s 200 medley relay was disqualified.

Delta’s lone state entrant, sophomore Lydia Knutson, was 37th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.72 seconds.


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