Montrose’s Stucky wins Class 4A state championship in 50, 100 freestyles

Emily Stucky did what any swimmer is supposed to do down the stretch of a tight race.

Stucky ignored the competition Saturday, even though a handful of other swimmers were staying with her every inch of the way, and focused on nothing but the wall until she came up for air and glanced at the scoreboard.

What Stucky saw there was an impressive mark that declared the sophomore from Montrose the Class 4A state champion in the 50-yard freestyle.

That effort proved to be only the beginning for the freestyle specialist, who also took first in the 100 freestyle to lead a solid all-around team performance by the Indians at Mountain View High
School in Loveland.

“I don’t really think very much when I’m swimming,” Stucky said. “My coaches told me before the race to just go hard. I was pretty excited. I’ve been working for that (state title) for some time. It definitely was an achievement.”

With the two victories, Stucky became the Indians’ first girls state swimming champion since Andrea Weisner won the butterfly and the individual medley in 2003. Stucky also anchored Montrose’s medley relay team, which finished third in the consolation heat and 11th overall.

Stucky’s effort helped the Indians finish 13th in the team standings with 62 points. Rock Canyon ran away with the team title, winning six events, including all three relays, to finish with 417 points. Runner-up Thompson Valley finished with 238 points, followed by Lewis-Palmer (181 points) and Silver Creek and Broomfield (150 points).

The other local standout was Glenwood Springs senior Sierra Grove, who reached the finals in two events. Grove placed fourth in the 50 freestyle, finishing .57 of a second behind Stucky, and fifth in the 100 freestyle. Grove’s teammate, sophomore Keevyn Scholl, finished 10th in the breaststroke and the Demons’ 200 freestyle relay team finished in 15th-place.

Moffat County diver Genevive Bradley finished sixth with a mark of 376.30. Delta diver Brittany Conger, however, did not advance past the semifinal round on Saturday morning, finishing the semifinals in 20th place with a score of 202.10.

Class 5A

Cherry Creek winning its fifth straight Class 5A girls swimming crown may not have been a huge surprise. And strong performances by the Bruins’ Brandon sisters may be not have shocked many people, either.

But Loren and Bonnie Brandon aren’t being humble when they say they were surprised with their performances — only because they surpassed even their own expectations in Saturday’s Class 5A state championships at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins.

Senior Loren Brandon won two individual races (200 and 500 freestyle) and was a part of the Bruins’ state-record setting 400 freestyle relay team, with her freshman sister, Bonnie.

And not to be outdone by her older sister, Bonnie Brandon had four victories — in addition to the 400 freestyle relay, she won two individual races in record fashion (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and helped Cherry Creek break an 11-year-old state record in the 200 medley relay.

“We had a great day,” said Loren Brandon, who will head to the University of Minnesota in the fall. “It was a lot of fun, we are so happy. I am really surprised with how well we did here today.”

Cherry Creek won the team title with 369 points, and Fairview finished second with 331 points.


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