THORNTON/FORT COLLINS, Colorado, February 13. THERE was plenty of action at the Colorado State Girls 4A and 5A Swimming Championships besides Missy Franklin's and Bonnie Brandon's record-setting efforts in 5A competition. The 4A swimmers met in Thornton Feb. 10-11, while the 5A meet was held in Fort Collins the same weekend.
Thompson Valley swimmers combined for 304 points to take the team title. Evergreen came in second with 255 points, with Cheyenne Mountain taking third (226), Broomfield fourth (205) and D'Evelyn fifth (150).
Evergreen junior Lexie Malazdrewicz set Division 4A records in the 200 yard free (1:49.31) and 500 free (4:34.65). Along with freshmen Kamryn Holland, Lindsay Morrow and Bailey Smith, Malazdrewicz set a division mark in the 400 free relay (3:33.24). Morrow also brought in championship points for Evergreen with her 2:08.30 in the 200 IM.
Also bringing home two wins was Pueblo South junior Mary Saiz, who was tops in both the 50 free (24.42) and 100 back (56.56).
Montrose's Logan Morris lowered the 4A mark in the 100 breast to 1:04.03. Two other relays were division record-setters: the Broomfield team of seniors Katalina Laufasa-Duncan and Heather Shaver, freshman Elizabeth Peterson and sophomore Kendall Wingfield in the 200 medley relay (1:47.93), and Thompson Valley's squad of sophomores Marina Fonseca and Kelly Sheldon, plus juniors Alyssa Eidem and Sydney King, in the 200 free relay (1:38.95).
Other event champions included Thompson Valley freshman Eryn Eddy in the 100 free (51.48), Cheyenne Mountian sophomore Sydney Buckley in the 100 fly (57.26) and St. Mary Academy sophomore Alexa Beckwith in the diving competition (487.20 points).
Regis Jesuit junior Missy Franklin's national record-setting swim of 1:43.15 in the 200 yard free was definitely the highlight of the meet. She also came within about a half-second of her national record in the 100 back, cruising to a 52.76 victory.
Cherry Creek's Bonnie Brandon cleared two state records with her victories in the 500 free (4:43.52) and 200 IM (1:59.09). Brandon, along with juniors Elaine Powell and Alex Bae and senior Fiona Kane, touched first in the 200 free relay (1:35.75); junior Colleen Wixted joined Powell, Kane and Brandon for a 400 free win (3:27.34).
Fossil Ridge junior Rhianna Williams claimed two victories as well, taking care of the sprint free events with her 23.48 in the 50 and 51.11 in the 100. Fossil Ridge's Bailey Nero got her high school career off to a great start with a 54.74 triumph in the 100 fly. The duo joined senior Emily Campbell and sophomore Sammie Guay to take first in the 200 medley relay (1:45.02).
Michelle Patton, a senior at Heritage, outtouched Lewis Palmer senior Laura Day, 1:02.69-1:02.70, in the 100 breast. Patton was only 22-hundredths off the state record. Loveland junior Michal Bower was the top diver, amassing a score of 515.10 points.
The team race came down to the wire, with Fossil Ridge emerging on top over Cherry Creek by a single point, 244-243. Franklin's swims helped power Regis Jesuit to a third-place total of 181. Lewis-Palmer scored 171 points, and Arapahoe squeaked by Fairview by four points for fifth, 159-155.