Montrose’s Stucky wins 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle state titles
LOVELAND — No one could blame Emily Stucky for wanting to carry on the tradition of Montrose girls swimming, even if she wasn’t aware of such a thing.
See, if a female wins a state title for the Indians, she doesn’t stop until she gets five. That has been the pattern, and Stucky became the third girl in Montrose history to graduate with five individual swimming crowns when she swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races at the Class 4A state swimming championships Saturday at the Mountain View Aquatic Center.
And yes, Logan Morris is now on the clock after the sophomore won the 100 breaststroke.
“Who doesn’t want to win, of course,” Montrose coach Silas Almgren said. “We’ve just been blessed with those kind of athletes, really. The bottom line for those three who won five titles is they were willing to commit to the work and trust what I said. They did the work. I didn’t do more than just open the door and give them suggestions.”
Carrie Nixon (1995-97) and Andrea Weisner (2000-03) won five championships, and like Nixon, Stucky won the 50 free three straight years, adding a pair of 100 frees in the process. The only difference was Stucky’s 100 titles came with one year separation.
“I actually didn’t know that,” Stucky said. “I wasn’t aware of that. I knew they won a lot, I didn’t know how many, though.
“I didn’t really know Carrie as much, but Andrea is definitely somebody I’ve looked up to my whole life. It’s makes it really nice to know that.”
Stucky’s 50 free clocked in at 24.35 seconds and didn’t present her with any real problems. In the 100 free, she was behind Broomfield’s Heather Shaver at one point, but blistered the back half to finish in 52.55.
“I was just trying to swim my own race,” Stucky said. “I was kind of unaware of where she was. I saw her a little bit going into the last wall, and I just decided this was the last one. I really try and go out really quick and just bring it back with whatever I have left.”
The formula worked for Morris, as well, as she had to fight off Shaver and Kellyn Craig of Denver South, but pulled away in the stretch run to post an All-American consideration time of 1:05.14. Teammate Jenny Nocas was fifth in the race.
Morris isn’t worried about keeping up with anybody but herself, and now she has added inspiration for her junior season.
“Breaststroke is my thing, and it’s kind of what I live for,” said Morris, who was 13th in the 200 individual medley. “I’ll work hard for it next year.”
The victories helped Montrose finish third in the team race with 210 points. Thompson Valley defended its 2010 title with a total of 319.
Montrose’s 200 medley and 400 free relays took second, with the 200 free team sixth. Christine Hurford finished her strong weekend by placing seventh in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 butterfly. In the consolation heats, Amanda Winslow was 15th in the 200 free, Rashyll Leonard was 15th in the 100 free and 13th in the 100 back, and Brooke Gaber came in 13th in the 100 breaststroke.
Glenwood Springs’ lone swim on the day produced a 14th-place finish for Keevyn Scholl.