By Bobby Fernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first day of the Class 3A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins is in the books, and though the Patriot League didn’t have the most vast representation, numerous athletes made their marks.
After Friday’s prelims, two Patriot League individuals will compete for individual state championships today and numerous others will partake in the consolation finals.
Eaton led the way, but Estes Park and Valley certainly had its share of standout performance, as well.
Standout freshman Alexis Bruntz made an impressive debut in the first state meet of her high school career, leading a solid first day for Eaton.
In the 100-meter freestyle prelims, she placed eighth with a time of 56.87. She will have a chance at a state title, qualifying for today’s championship finals.
Also, in the 200 freestyle prelims, she placed 13th with a time of 2:05.85. That’s good enough to qualify for today’s consolation finals.
Bruntz’s senior teammate McKenna McGehee was 17th in the 200 individual medley prelims, placing 17th in 2:26.74. She will also be in today’s consolation finals.
In the 200 freestyle relay prelims, McGehee, junior Emma Bjork, senior Jasmyn Thornberg and Bruntz placed 16th (1:49.84) to qualify for today’s consolation. finals.
In the 100 breaststroke prelims, McGehee missed out on today’s championship finals by one spot, placing 11th in 1:14.41. She will be a strong candidate to place first in the consolation finals today.
Eaton’s Bruntz, Bjork, Thornberg and McGehee placed 18th in the 400 freestyle relay prelims with a time of 4:06.76 to qualify for today’s consolation finals.
Eaton will also have a chance to further boost its performance when Clarise “Coco” Sviatko competes in 1-meter diving, which will take place in its entirety today.
The Reds may be hard-pressed to match the 17th-place team performance from last year’s state meet. But, with a notable amount of success this weekend, it’s clear Eaton is legitimately a top 20 or so program in 3A and will be for years to come.