Stucky ready for meet in Portland, Ore.

Swimmers who do the sport year-round need to find a way to break up the routine.

Day after day, and yard after yard in the pool can get a bit monotonous if they’re swimming 12 months out of the year.

That’s why most of them break the season down into smaller goals.

For Montrose’s Emily Stucky, her focus all summer has been on this coming weekend’s sectional meet in Portland, Ore.

If this past weekend was any indication, the 16-year-old Stucky is in prime form.

She capped off her third day at the Western Slope League Championships on Sunday by winning two individual events and swimming the butterfly leg of the winning 400-meter medley relay team.

Stucky will be competing in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 and 400 individual medley at the sectional meet.

After winning the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Class 4A state high school championships in March, Stucky developed a set of goals for the summer season.

“I really wanted to improve my butterfly and freestyle after (the) high school (season) because those are the events I did well in,” she said.

She’s been able to achieve that goal this summer, thanks to yards and yards in the pool.

“During mid-season we’re usually doing a lot of laps,” she said.

Now that she’s begun her drive for the sectional meet, the yardage has tapered off.

Stucky qualified for the club sectionals last spring after the high school season.

“I’d never been there before,” she said. “This time this is my focus meet.”

Swimming in the maximum number of six events will be about right, she said.

“Six is kind of a good number (for me),” she said. “I like having a lot of events because then you’re not sitting around.”

Stucky’s strong showing during the Western Slope League Championships helped Montrose win the team title. The Marlins scored 2,925 points to win the meet by more than 1,000 points over the second-place Sopris Barracudas.

For the Grand Junction Dolphins, who finished third, their summer, like Stucky’s, is all about getting better.

Take, for instance, Stavo Peters.

The 12-year-old has been swimming for the Dolphins since he was 5.

“I just tried it out, and I liked it,” he said.

Coming into the summer, he seemed to swim best on his back.

“My best stroke used to be my backstroke,” he said.

He’s made an effort to work on another stroke this summer.

“I’ve improved in freestyle. (I’d like) some improvement on technique,” he said, hoping to shave some time off events to be eligible for the club championships.


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