Montrose Swimmer Repeats State Title, New Class 4A Record
by Kati O'Hare
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<b>CHAMP</b> – Montrose High's Logan Morris earned her second straight Class 4A state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke at this year's state meet in Thornton. (Photo by Joel Blocker)
CHAMP – Montrose High's Logan Morris earned her second straight Class 4A state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke at this year's state meet in Thornton. (Photo by Joel Blocker)
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MONTROSE – The Montrose High School girls swim team headed to state on Feb. 11 to compete against 30 other teams for the Class 4A title. With just more than a handful of girls competing, the team outdid a majority of their competition to bring home 12 medals, including a state title, Class 4A record and seventh place overall.

"I am very proud of all the swimmers," Coach Ellen Erickson said. "They did a great job."

At the top of the medal winners was junior Logan Morris, who won her second state title in the 100-yard breaststroke with a Class 4A record time of 1:04.03.

Her 2011 state title time was 1:05.14.

"I seriously thought I was going to throw up," Morris said about her nerves before the race.

She had swam in the new Veteran's Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton over the summer, so she knew it was a fast pool — and she was ready to be fast.

"With the prelims, I was seated first and was really excited with my time," she said. "When I won, it was more relieving cause I had put so much pressure on myself."

Morris said she knew she was in the lead with the final 25 yards to go as she could see and hear her opponents in the water beside her. But those last 25 yards – "That's were I really push and focus on my race. That's the exciting part because I don't know until the very end," she said.

The screams from her teammates, however, gave it away that she had won.

"It was exciting to watch Logan get the state record with her teammates cheering her on," Erickson said.

And there was so much more for Montrose to cheer for at the state meet.

"Christine Hurford had two great finishes," Erickson said. "Third in the 50 free, which was close from start to finish, and sixth in the 100 fly."

Hurford's times were 24.67 in the 50-yard freestyle race and 58.58 in the 100-yard butterfly event.

Also placing, according to the state results, were:

• Rashyll Leonard, 11th, 100-yard freestyle, 55.73;

• Alyssa Aragon, 16th, 100-yard backstroke, 1:11.83;

• Brooke Gaber, 10th, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:10.75;

• Logan Morris, 11th, 200-yard IM, 2:14.44;

• Allison Foulk, 13th, 100-yard butterfly, 1:11.25;

• Gabriel, Morris, Foulk and Winslow, seventh, 200-yard medley relay;

• Winslow, Hurford, Aragon and Gaber, sixth, 200-yard freestyle relay; and

• Leonard, Gaber, Hurford and Aragon, sixth, 400-yard freestyle relay.

The season is over for some teammembers and it's time to take a few days away from the pool. But that's not the case for Morris, who was back in the pool training just days after state in hopes of making the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., this summer. Morris will head to Seattle, Wash., next month to compete in Sections, a qualifying race for the Olympic trials that includes competitors from the western half of the United State.

Morris also has set a goal for her final season at Montrose High School; she wants to beat the 1:02.47 Colorado record for the 100-yard breaststroke.

Morris' skills and dedication are a lifestyle she's worked hard for over the years, but she gives credit for this year's successful season to her new coach, Erickson.

"It was the best season I've had because of her," Morris said. "She is a good coach to all of us."

kohare@watchnewspapers.com

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