GHS Swimming —
Times Staff Writer
GHS Swimming — Cheers and smiles were shared on Monday evening at the Gunnison Community Center pool, as head coach Tami Maciejko read aloud which Gunnison High School (GHS) swimmers and divers qualified for state and in what event.
“200 yard medley relay qualified, ranked 11th,” Maciejko read from her phone as swimmers cheered. “Molly Strickland in the 200 free, ranked 17th. Morgan Domingez and Anna Cattles in the 200 IM, ranked 26th and 36th.”
Those weren’t the only names Maciejko was calling. Ashylnd Harris, Dominguez and Molly Stickland qualified in the 100 fly.
Alexandra Riser joins that list, competing in the 100 free (ranked 15th) and 100 breast (ranked 20th).
Cattles will also compete in the 100 breast, ranked seventh.
Rounding out individual qualifiers off for the Cowboys were Harris and Annabelle Morrison, who will be competing in the 100 back, ranked ninth and 32nd.
Tara Laudick qualified on all three relay teams — including the 200 and 400 free, which are ranked fifth and sixth.
“I'm excited,” said Maciejko “They all deserve to go. They worked hard.”
One of the more impressive qualifiers this season is freshman Trinity Alvord, who will be representing the Cowboys in the one meter dive. She entered this season having never even jumped off a diving board.
“We work a lot on the basics,” said assistant coach Laura Schliesman. “If the basics are there, board work is there, then she is able to complete the dives.
“At first she didn’t think it was possible for her (to qualify for state),” Schliesman continued, “but I told her she really could make it if she was willing to put in the work. We are happy and I’m already thinking about next season and thinking about ways to get more girls to come out and dive.”
Elle Morrison nearly qualified for state in diving as well. She had high enough scores, but the degree of difficulty on her dives was a touch too low.
“We are really thankful the Gunnison Parks and Recreation Center allowed us to practice here,” said Maciejko. “My assistant coaches have also helped me a lot this season and did a good job.”
The Cowboys will travel to the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton tomorrow to compete in the state tournament, with the preliminary rounds beginning at 10 a.m. Alvord will dive at 9 a.m. for prelims on Saturday, before the rest of the team joins her for finals starting later that day at 3:30 p.m.
(Brandon Warr can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or email@example.com.)
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES FROM SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE (FEB. 7-8)
> Ashylnd Harris finished fourth in the 100 fly, dropping 2.53 seconds off her time and dropped 1.72 in the 100 back.
> Molly Strickland came in fourth place in the 50 free, while dropping .75 off her time.
> Anna Cattles finished fifth in the 100 breast, dropping 5.19, while also dropping 3.65 seconds off her time in the 100 free.
> Alexandra Riser dropped .36 off her time in the 100 free, earning fifth place, and .41 off her time in the 100 breast.
> Morgan Dominguez dropped .88 seconds off her time in the 100 fly, and 4.10 off her time in 200 IM.
> Tara Laudick dropped .97 off her time in the 50 free, and 2.74 off her time in the 100 free.
> Annabelle Morrison dropped 2.36 seconds off her time in the 100 back.
> Elle Morrison dropped .97 off her time in the 100 breast.
> Emma Stickland dropped .93 off her time in the 100 back, and 4.39 seconds off her time in the 200 IM.
> The 200 and 400 free relay teams each came in third place, dropping .59 and 3.61 off their time.