Windsor freshman Morgan Friesen will have plenty to look forward to during her next three years of her high school career.
For now, the talented Wizards swimmer is likely focused on all that she has to look forward to today.
Friesen set a Class 4A state record and recorded an All-American time in the 100-yard breastroke during the preliminary rounds of the Class 4A Girls Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.
Friesen had a time of 1 minute, 3.28 seconds in the breaststroke, topping Niwot’s Marjorie Driscoll (1:04.36).
Friesen also qualified for the finals in the 200-yard individual medley, placing second (2:08.42) behind Evergreen junior Lindsay Morrow (2:05.10).
Friesen was one of a handful of Windsor swimmers who advanced past prelims.
The 200 medley relay team of Aleksy Waterman, Friesen, Lacey Whitehead and Rilea Driscoll qualified for the finals with a time of 1:55.16, placing seventh in prelims.
The same quartet placed 12th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:52.10), qualifying to swim in today’s consolation finals. Greeley Central was 25th (4:02.82) in the same event.
Eaton was 23rd (2:02.92), while Greeley Central placed 28th (2:03.91) in the prelims for the 200 medley relay.
Whitehead placed 14th in the 100 butterfly (1:03.11) to qualify for the finals. Whitehead also placed 36th in the 50 freestyle (26.69) but didn’t advance to the finals.
Driscoll recorded a time of 2:05.40 in the 200 freestyle, placing 24th, but was unable to qualify for today’s finals. Driscoll’s time in the 500 freestyle (5:39.46) placed her 18th in prelims and made her the second alternate for the consolation finals today.
“Overall, it was a great meet; the highlight of course being Morgan breaking a state record,” Windsor coach Mandy Schneider wrote in an email. “I am excited to see what will happen (today).”
Greeley Central’s Bayley Zobel missed out by just two spots on qualifying for the finals in the 100 breaststoke. The Wildcat junior finished 18th with a time of 1:12.75.
Greeley Central senior Haley Johnson was 27th (26.19) in the prelim of the 50 freestyle, falling short of qualifying for the finals. In the same event, Eaton’s Lauryn Schriner was 34th (26.61). Schriner also placed 23rd (1:13.51) in the 100 breastroke prelims.
Johnson was also 27th (58.32) in the 100 freestyle but was unable to advance past the prelims.
Reds’ 100 butterfly swimmer Dorsey Taylor was 26th (1:06.06) in the prelims but also couldn’t qualify for the finals.
Greeley Central’s 200 freestyle relay team was 23rd (1:49.15) in prelims, one spot ahead of Eaton (1:49.80).
Wildcats junior Kendall Sparkman was 40th (1:07.05) in the 100 backstroke.
West’s King advances in 5A
Greeley West’s Morgan King placed eighth in 57.07 in the 100 butterfly and will swim in the finals today at the 5A state swim meet at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatics Center.
King also clocked in at 24.44 in the 50 freestyle, good for 11th place and a spot in the consolation finals.
West coach Colin Shaha said he was especially impressed with King’s performance because she was sick with strep throat all week.