High School State Championships: Regis Jesuit, Thompson Valley Win in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, February 10. MISSY Franklin closed out her high school career with a national and a state record in her two individual victories. But there were plenty of other fine swims in both 4A and 5A action, with several division records going by the wayside.

This article is focused on the other great swims that took place in Colorado, full coverage of Franklin's swims, including a national independent school record in the 200 IM, are available here:

Division 4A
Thompson Valley claimed its fourth straight 4A title in a close battle with Cheyenne Mountain. The final score was 300-282. Third place went to Evergreen (266). Broomfield finished just ahead of Pueblo South for fourth, 153-146.

Evergreen's Lexie Malazdrewicz, who will attend USC next fall, finished out her high school career with 4A records in the 50 and 100 free (23.63 and 50.15). Lauren Abruzzo from Denver Kent also nabbed two event titles. The future Northwestern swimmer was tops in both the 200 IM (0:00.00) and 500 free (0:00.00).

Five division records fell to Cheyenne Mountain (200 medley relay, 1:45.89), Erin Eddy from Thompson Valley (200 free, 1:48.34), Thompson Valley (200 free relay, 1:36.54), Pueblo South's Mary Saiz (100 back, 56.49) and Logan Morris of Montrose (100 breast, 1:03.60).

The diving title went to Alexa Beckwith from St. Mary's Academy with 491.30 points.

Division 5A
Regis Jesuit reclaimed its 5A title with 287 points. Fossil Ridge claimed second with 243 points, with Fairview third (181). Arapahoe and Cherry Creek tied for fourth with 167 points each.

Missy Franklin ended her career at Regis Jesuit with a national record 1:56.85 in the 200 IM and 4:41.72 in the 500 free, good for a state record (see separate story for details). She also helped Regis Jesuit to wins in the 200 and 400 free relays. Taylor Wilson, Meggie Chase and Amy Lenderink to a 1:36.19 in the 200 free relay; Lindsay Kriz and Lindsay Painton joined Wilson and Franklin for a first-place 3:26.41 in the 400 free relay.

Fossil Ridge's squad of Emilee Dinkel, Sammy Guay, Bailey Nero and Rhianna Williams captured the 200 medley relay in 1:45.37, ahead of Regis Jesuit's 1:46.90. Williams grabbed individual titles in the 50 and 100 free (23.02 and 49.90).

Erin Metzger-Seymour of Ralston Valley earned victories in both the 200 free (1:49.92) and 100 fly (54.91). Andie Taylor from Lewis-Palmer grabbed the 100 back (56.28). Loveland's Hanson claimed first place in the 100 breast (1:03.35).

Michal Bower of Loveland was the top diver, scoring 486.15 points.

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