Montrose’s Zentmeyer finishes third, fourth at state swim meet

Montrose junior Clay Zentmeyer finished third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle Saturday at the boys Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships in Thornton.

Zentmeyer moved up two spots in the butterfly from his seeding after Friday’s preliminaries and clocked in at 52.94 seconds.

He had the second-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle and swam the finals race in 1 minute, 44.4 seconds.

Meanwhile, teammate and fellow junior Lars Knutson finished eighth in the 50 freestyle (22.09 seconds) and 13th in the 100 freestyle (49.54).

Zentmeyer and Knutson were joined on the Indians’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays by freshman Daniel Hurford and senior Jacob Solseth. Each relay placed 10th, with the 200 medley finishing in 1:45.32 and the 400 freestyle clocking a 3:21.74.

Although the relays didn’t place higher than their finals seeding, Montrose coach Silas Almgren said each swam a little faster than the day before in preliminaries.

The Indians’ Ryan Ormsbee made the finals in diving and placed 13th with 315 points.

Montrose finished 12th in the teams standings, not a bad place to be for a young team, according to Montrose coach Silas Almgren.

“We came off last year in the top five with a senior-laden team,” Almgren said. “These are kids who stepped up from that experience.”

4A State Baseball

Second-seeded Montrose won its first playback game Saturday, but bowed to Durango in the next game, ending the Indians’ season in the double-elimination tournament.

The Indians (20-4) defeated Windsor 8-4 to eliminate the Wizards (13-10), but the fifth-seeded Demons (13-11) edged Montrose 9-8 to advance to the final four May 24-25.

2A state baseball

The seasons ended for Paonia and Hotchkiss in the first round.

Fifth-seeded Paonia bowed 6-4 to 12th-seeded Holyoke (19-4) in Region 2, and 16th seed Hotchkiss lost 10-0 to top-seeded Rye (20-1) in Region 1. Holyoke then lost its regional final to Lutheran, and Rye beat Yuma 11-1 to advance to the state semifinals May 25.


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