Pool statement

GJ's Silva finally going to state meet as individual

Taylor Kidd of Grand Junction swins the 100 yard Butterfly at El Pomar



Marina Silva tapped the wall Saturday and quickly turned to look at her time in the 50-yard freestyle. She needed to be under 26 seconds to qualify for next weekend’s Class 5A state swim meet.

All she saw was a 26.38. But then she looked over and saw her coach Janet Ryan “flipping out.”

Once she realized she had been looking at the wrong time and saw her time was 25.48, she flipped out a little.

“The person in the lane next to me got a 26, so I looked over, and my coach was flipping out, so I looked back and saw that I got it,” she said with a laugh.

Silva finished third in the event behind Brooke Kniffin of Durango and Kendall Vanderhoof of Glenwood Springs, but the main thing was the state-qualifying mark.

Silva qualified for state the previous two years as part of relay teams, but this is the first time she’s made it in an individual event.

Ryan was thrilled for Silva and said it’s been a long time coming.

“We’ve been trying to get her in for three years, so that’s really exciting,” she said.

Silva, along with Taylor Kidd, who won two individual events, helped lead Grand Junction High School to a second-place team finish in the Western Slope Championships at the El Pomar Natatorium.

“I asked the girls to swim their best and they swam with heart,” Ryan said. “The girls swam out of the their minds. It was incredible.”

Durango won the meet with 340 points, six points better than Grand Junction. Glenwood Springs was third with 321, Montrose fourth with 271 and Fruita Monument in fifth with 250 points.

Kidd edged L.J.J. Fetzko of Glenwood Springs in the 200 freestyle, 1:55.43 to 1:55.61. Allison Fields of Montrose placed third and cracked the Class 4A state-qualifying time with a 2:05.34.

In the 100 butterfly, Kidd’s time of 59.5 seconds was the only time under one minute, winning the race by nearly two seconds over Fetzko. Silva finished third.

When it comes to swimming, the splash word is tapering, and that’s why Kidd is looking forward to the Class 5A state meet.

“The last two years, my tapering has been off, so state hasn’t gone super well for me. But this year I’m seeded pretty high, and I hope to make it to the finals again,” the junior said.

Ryan thinks Kidd will be ready this year.

“I’m hoping for her to place at state. The last couple of years she didn’t hit her taper, and we’re tapering her a little different this year,” she said.

Kidd qualified for state in four individual events and three relays during the season, but she will be limited to four events at state. Ryan said they haven’t decided which two individual events and two relays Kidd will compete in at state. 

Fruita Monument’s Kathryn McConnell placed fourth in the 100 backstroke, and her time of 1:03.59 qualified her for the 5A state meet by .01. McConnell placed fourth in the 200 individual medley and narrowly missed the 5A qualifying mark. Sophomore Morgan Hoffman won the one-meter diving but missed the state-qualifying mark.

Fruita Monument’s 200 freestyle relay team of Amber Erickson, Michaela Hoffman, Ashley Hoefer and McConnell placed second to Glenwood. Hoefer placed third in the 100 freestyle.

Montrose got a 4A state-qualifying time and fourth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke from Callie Storter. Fields placed third in 500 freestyle and qualified for the state meet with a time of 5:38.42.

The Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay team of Silva, Kidd, Avery Pope and Taylor Kochevar placed fourth with a state-qualifying time of 3:53.19. All three relay teams for the Tigers will be competing at state.


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