Times Staff Writer
GHS Swimming — Size means nothing in athletics if you don’t have heart.
The Gunnison High School (GHS) swim team can relate. The Cowboys have qualified eight swimmers for state out of 12 athletes on the team. The number of swimmers GHS has qualified is the same as Glenwood Springs High School — which has 40 swimmers on its team.
“I’ll probably take nine girls to state,” said head coach Tami Maciejko, “which is probably one of the biggest teams I’ve ever taken.”
Ashlynd Harris, Alexandra Riser, Molly Strickland, Anna Cattles, Esperenza Antonarez, Morgan Dominguez, Annabelle Morrison and Amber Flynn will represent GHS tomorrow, Feb. 8 in Fort Collins in the 3A State Championships.
Harris leads the way for the Cowboys heading into state. She’s ranked ninth — out of 39 swimmers — in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.18. Harris also will compete in the the 50 free, where she is ranked 17th with a time of 26.51.
Riser heads into state qualified in the 100 free with a time of 58.32 — and 100 breast with a time of 1:16.13. She’s ranked 13th and 16th, respectively, in the two events.
“I’m hoping to make it back to finals in my races, as well as to continue to take off time,” said Riser. “As a team, placing well in both our individual and relay races would be an amazing end to this already amazing season.”
Strickland also will join Riser in the 100 free. She’s ranked 18th with a time of 58.75. Stickland also will compete in the 200 free with a time of 2:06.64, which ranks 17th.
Riser also will compete with Cattles, Antonarez and Dominguez in the 100 breast. The latter three are ranked 21st (1:17.44), 27th (1:18.86) and 35th (1:19.69), respectively.
Additionally, Dominguez will compete in the 100 fly, where she is ranked 24th with a time of 1:06.54.
Despite Morrison being new to the 500 free — competing in the event for the first time this year — she qualified for state last weekend at Southwest Conference Championships with a time of 6:01.66. The clocking dropped 51.45 off her time — which ranks 25th going into state.
GHS finished sixth among 11 teams in the conference competition.
“It feels good to have my work pay off,” said Morrison. “Seeing my time on the board was the best feeling ever.”
Morrison also is qualified in the 100 back with a time of 1:07.56 — which ranks 23rd out of 33 swimmers.
Flynn, ranked 27th with a time of 6:03.49, will join Morrison in the 500 free and also will swim in the 200 IM with a time of 2:33.14, which ranks 37th.
Additionally, GHS’ 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams have qualified for state.
Leading the way for GHS is the 400 free relay team comprised of Riser, Flynn, Harris and Strickland. The group is ranked 10th with a time of 3:56.46.
The 200 medley relay comprised of Riser, Harris, Strickland and Dominguez isn’t far behind in terms of rankings, heading into state ranked 13th with a time of 2:01.34.
Last and certainly not least, the 200 free relay comprised of Flynn, Morrison, Antonarez and Dominguez will head into state ranked 21st, with a time of 1:54.51.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHTS (FEB. 1)
> Morgan Dominguez finished ninth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:06.54 and tenth in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:32.13.
> Amber Flynn finished 10th in the 500 free with a time of 6:03.49.
> Ashlynd Harris finished third in the 50 free with a time of 26.51 and fourth in the 100 free with a time of 57.52.
> Annabelle Morrison finished seventh in the 100 back with a time of 1:09.66.
> Alexandra Riser finished sixth in the 100 free with a time of 58.61 and eighth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:16.27.
> Molly Strickland finished seventh in the 200 free with a time of 2:07.58 and 100 fly with a time of 1:06.34.
> The 400 free relay team finished in third with a time of 3:56.46.
> As a whole, GHS finished sixth out of 11 teams.