Schlagel bummed by performance at 5A state swim meetSchlagel bummed by performance at 5A state swim

Kelsey Schlagel’s high school swimming career didn’t end quite the way she wanted.

With the amazing amount of talent in the state, Schlagel didn’t perform as well as she had anticipated Friday in the Class 5A state swim meet preliminary races at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins.

The Grand Junction High School senior finished 26th overall in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 11.67 seconds, and 36th overall in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.02.

The finals begin at 2 today at EPIC.

“I wasn’t very happy with my times,” said Schlagel, who will attend Mesa State College in the fall. “It definitely wasn’t my best. And I had really high expectations, so I’m pretty disappointed.

“But there are a lot of fast girls this year. Really fast girls. The meet is definitely faster in all of the events. And I definitely gave it my best, but it just wasn’t enough.”

Schlagel had primarily been a breaststroke swimmer throughout her high school career, but said the 200 freestyle found her a little more success this year.

“It was a better event for me this year, so I had really high expectations for the 200 free today,” she said. “I went out fine, but I just couldn’t bring it home. I think I went out a little too fast, and I just didn’t have enough.”

She got a good start in the 100 breaststroke and finished second in her heat. But the time didn’t hold up, as she failed to make the finals or consolation events.

“I was my best times of the season, but not my best times overall,” she said. “But it was a good couple of years. I look back and see what I was like as a freshman and look at my times, and now I look at myself as a senior and how much I’ve improved. It’s kind of sad that it’s over.”

Cherry Creek didn’t disappoint, as the Bruins are looking for their fifth straight crown and qualified at least one swimmer in each of today’s finals.

Class 4A

Emily Stucky of Montrose picked a good day to swim her personal best times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Now, she hopes to swim even faster today.

Stucky’s chance for a title in the Class 4A state swimming meet at Mountain View High School in Loveland, begin at 3:30 p.m.

Stucky swam the 50 in 24.63 seconds and the 100 in 52.86 seconds. Both were the second-best qualifying times, behind Thompson Valley’s Maggie Varuska (24.61) in the 50 and Jackie Cromer of Lewis-Palmer (52.66) in the 100.

“It’s always fun to swim fast, so today was a lot of fun,” Stucky said. “Who knows what will happen (today), as there are a lot of fast girls. Most of the top girls are in the finals, that’s
for sure.

“The 50 and the 100 are events where you can’t mess up or you can be out of the race quickly.  I’m pretty excited about my times today. For this season, these are my best times.”

Stucky’s effort certainly brought a smile to the face of Montrose coach Silas Almgren.

“Emily is in a great position and set up well for the finals,” Almgren said. “The 50 is incredibly competitive. It’s not the 100 is not competitive, but there are no guarantees in either race, as you can go from first to fifth easily. It’s nice for her to be able to go for a high finish.”

For that matter, it was not a bad day for Sierra Grove of Glenwood Springs, who also qualified for the finals, fourth in 50 (24.73) and fifth in the 100 (53.79).

“I was really happy with my swims, especially my 50 because I haven’t taken time off in that event the past two years,” Grove said. “I came up with a PR in the 100, too, an event I really like a bit better than the 50. This is really exciting because there are a lot of good
swimmers here so we’ll just have to see how it goes (today).”

The race for the team title appears to be in Rock Canyon’s hands. The Jaguars qualified at least one swimmer for either the championship or consolation finals in all 11 events.

The prelims in diving begin at 10:30 a.m., with Delta’s Brittany Conger and Gunnison’s Melissa Ashwood competing.

Special to The Daily Sentinel


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