Montrose Marlins show off depth in long course meet

After Sunday’s final day of the Western Slope League long course championships at El Pomar Natatorium, Montrose Marlins coach Silas Almgren had little to complain about.

Not only did the Marlins win the meet with 4,089 points, but the team showed its depth with 13 first-place finishes in a variety of age groups and events.

“I’m real pleased with our team effort and I credit it obviously to the tremendous work of our kids in all groups,” Almgren said.

The team’s winners ranged from 12-year-old Daniel Hurford, who won both the boys 50-meter freestyle and the 50-meter butterfly, to 10-year-old Maggie McHugh, who won the girls 9-10 100-meter breast stroke.

Hurford’s older sister, Christine, won the girls 13-14 100 meter butterfly. J.D. TenNapel won the boys 13-14 100-meter butterfly, and 13-year-old Alyssa Christianson won the 200-meter breast stroke.

Zach Milner won the 13-14 boys 200-meter breast stroke and 100-meter freestyle events, and Korban Christianson won the boys 11-12 100-meter breast stroke.

Even the relay teams did their part, with the Marlins taking first in the boys 12-and-under 200-meter medley, the boys 10-and-under 200 medley and the 14-and-under 400 medley for both genders.

The Marlins had numerous second-, third- and fourth-place finishes to beat their closest competitor, Team Sopris, by 1,122 points.

Almgren said the team’s depth stems from a solid coaching combined with families that are willing to commit to the program, even if it means delaying their vacation.

“It’s easy to make a reason to not be here,” Almgren said. “It’s a whole lot easier than committing all the way through.”

“I give a lot of credit to our families that make the commitment to the team and make that happen.”

Alyssa Aragon, who took second place in the girls 15-and-over 200-meter breast stroke, said the team operates like a family and the teammates try to push each other as hard as possible.

“We’re honestly like a big family and our motto is we don’t wuss out,” she said. “If you sit out in practice, you are going to get chewed out for it. It’s not like a hard practice or anything. It’s just fun because you’re around, basically, your brothers and sisters, so it just makes you motivated to do better.”

Maverick Aquatics took third place in the meet with 1,890 points.

Samuel Jordon won the boys 13-14 400-meter freestyle in 5:18.15 and was the only first-place finisher for the team.

Maverick aquatics also had second-place finishes from Taylor Kidd in the girls 13-14 100-meter fly, Keino Davis in the boys 13-14 100-meter breaststroke, and Travis Newland in the boys 11-12 100-meter breaststroke.


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