Missy Franklin sets national mark at state meet

Regis Jesuit High School standout Missy Franklin, a likely competitor in the 2012 London Games, set a national independent school record in the 200-yard freestyle in the preliminaries of the Class 5A state swimming championships Friday in Fort Collins.

Her time of 1 minute, 43.98 seconds at the Edora Pool and Ice Center shattered the previous record of 1:45.12.

Grand Junction, meanwhile, brought a host of underclassmen to the meet and did not advance a swimmer to today’s finals.

However, Tigers diver Grayson Young will compete today.

“I thought the girls did great,” Grand Junction coach Janet Ryan said. “We hit right on our best times and for our first year of coming to state and getting that experience — it was so overwhelming with Missy in the limelight.”

Ryan is glad her “novice” swimmers gained such an experience.

“Most novice swimmers haven’t been to such a big meet,” she said.

Class 4A

Montrose’s Logan Morris posted the top time in the 100 breaststroke during Friday’s preliminary round of the Class 4A girls state high school swimming meet at Thornton’s Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center.

Her time of 1:04.76 was two seconds ahead of the next best time by Air Academy’s Kristin Walker.

“Everything was on for her today,” Montrose coach Ellen Erickson said. “She had a good reach; she had a good tempo. Just everything was working for her.”

Also, Christine Hurford swam the 6th-best preliminary time in the 50 freestyle and fourth best in the 100 butterfly, qualifying for today’s finals in both.

Erickson said she also was pleased with Montrose’s relays. The Indians are in the finals in the 200 medley relay (fifth seed) and 400 freestyle relay (sixth).

“I was very impressed with all the kid’s swims,” Erickson said. “But Christine and Logan did really well.”


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