Times Staff Writer
There is no better way to conclude a season than to win multiple state championships. The Gunnison Stingrays did just that this past weekend at the 2019 Scottie Aschermann Seasonal State Championships in Ouray.
“This weekend went awesome,” said head coach Tami Maciejko. “I think 95 percent of our swimmers dropped time in 95 percent of their events, and it was significant time.”
Maciejko was particularly impressed given that the Stingrays competed in an outdoor pool, where seeing well is often a challenge. Also, the pool measured a chilly 79 degrees.
Jacob Riser led the way for the Stingrays, winning nine state titles — and dropping time in most of the events in which he swam — while also finishing second in the 50 fly. Riser’s wins came in the 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, 100 IM, 200 IM, 200 free and 400 free.
Roxie Uhrig won seven state titles of her own, dropping time in every event in which she swam. She finished first in the 50 fly, 50 breast, 100 free, 100 IM, 100 fly, 200 free and the 200 IM.
“I wanted to be a champion, so I worked hard all summer,” said Uhrig. “I was proud that I accomplished my goal.”
Uhrig also had three second-place finishes — in the 50 back 50 free and 200 breast.
Warm-up for season ahead
Hopefully, Ashlynd Harris can take her dominant performance at state into her high school swimming season. She won five titles and recorded four second-place finishes — dropping time in every event.
“I had a good meet, and it felt good to win five events, because it was hard balancing practices with my work schedule this summer,” said Harris. “Thankfully, I had bosses and coaches that supported me in doing both. I’m also grateful that some of my biggest competitors happen to be my own teammates, who push each other and also support each other in and out of the pool.
“With swimming, I always have more goals and things I need to work on, so I’m already refocusing on how I can improve for the high school season,” she continued.
Harris won the 100 fly, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 breast and 200 IM, while coming in second in the 50 free, 100 back, 100 free and 200 back.
Michael Riser also dominated at state, winning the 100 back, 100 breast, 200 back and 400 IM, and had a similar performance to Harris, dropping time in every event and recording multiple second-place finishes. He finished second in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free.
Molly Stickland may not have dropped time in multiple events at state, yet that didn’t matter. She still swam to state titles in the 200 free and 400 IM and came in second in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 400 free.
Rounding out the state title winners were Madelyn Stice — who won the 400 free — and Keaton Mickelson in the 25 fly. Stice also finished second in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 free, while Mickelson was second in the 25 free, 50 free, 100 IM and 100 free.
Despite not winning a state title, Anna Cattles, Russell Meeuwsen, Romie Uhrig and Royce Uhrig each finished second in at least one event — and dropped significant time along the way.
Cattles came in second in the 100 and 200 breast; Meeuwsen finished second in the 50 free; Romie Uhrig was second in the 100 breast; and Royce Uhrig finished second in the 200 and 400 IM.
Teamwork across the board
While the Stingrays posted numerous impressive individual performances, they also had dominant performances in the relays — receiving multiple state titles and recording top-three performances.
The girls 18-and-under 200 medley and 200 free relay teams — comprised of Cattles, Harris, Alexandra Riser and Strickland — dropped significant time on their way to state titles in both events.
Also, the girls 12-and-under 200 medley and 200 free relay teams — comprised of Kathryn Frey, Jemma Petrie, Madelyn Stice and Romie Uhrig — dropped significant time en route to winning those events.
Miles Harris, Jacob Riser, Michael Riser and Royce Uhrig dropped 46.57 seconds from their previous top time to earn a title in the boys 14-and-under 200 free relay.
The boys 8-and-under 100 free relay — comprised of Julien Klingsmith, Mickelson, Meeuwsen and Ben Larson — dropped 56.93 while blowing their competition out of the water en route to a state title.
Klingsmith also helped the boys 100 medley relay team, which also included Thomas McNamara, Mickelson and Grey Frymoyer, win a state title while dropping 1:03.70.
In the mixed relays, the 14-and-under 200 medley team — comprised of Addie Frymoyer, Michael Riser, Emma Strickland and Royce Uhrig — won a state title with a time of 2:28.47.
They were joined by the 10-and-under 200 free relay team of Jacob Frey, Maya Petrie, Roxie Uhrig and Cooper Mickelson in winning a title with a time of 2:54.29.
Rounding things out for the relays, the 12-and-under-mixed 200 medley relay team — comprised of Emily Cattles, Jacob Riser, Catalina Schwab and Cooper Mickelson — finished second, and the girls 10-and-under 200 medley relay team of Hazel Baker, Elora Jones, Maya Petrie and Roxie Uhrig finished third.
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SEASONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTABLE PERFORMANCES (AUG 2-4)
> Anna Cattles (third place): 200 IM time dropped 13.86, 1500 free time dropped 48.70; (fifth place): 200 free time dropped 5.98.
> Kathryn Frey (fifth place): 50 free time dropped 1.33 100 free.
> Addie Frymoyer (fifth place): 50 free time dropped 0.26.
> Russell Meeuwsen (fifth place): 25 free time dropped 3.26.
> Keaton Mickelson (third place): 25 back; (fourth place): 25 breast.
> Jemma Petrie (fourth place): 100 breast.
> Michael Riser (third place): 200 fly time dropped 1.95.
> Madelyn Stice (third place): 200 IM time dropped 4.60; (fourth place): 50 back time dropped 0.60; (fifth place) 50 fly, 100 IM time dropped 1.23.
> Molly Stickland (third place): 100 back time dropped 2.27, 200 back; (fifth place) 100 free.
> Romie Uhrig (third place): 50 free time dropped 2.92, 100 free time dropped 3.93, 100 IM time dropped 5.75; (fourth place): 50 fly time dropped 2.33, 100 back time dropped 0.63, 200 IM time dropped 8.14; (fifth place): 200 free time dropped 16.65.
> Royce Uhrig (third place): 200 free time dropped 1.97; (fourth place): 200 fly time dropped 13.60, 400 free; (fifth place): 100 breast time dropped 1.75, 200 breast time dropped 0.58.
> 8-and-under-mixed 100 free relay, time dropped 22.60 (fourth place): Gabe Larson, Decker Mickelson, Audrey Meeuwsen and Rowan Seward.
> 8-and-under-mixed 100 medley relay, time dropped 19.95 (fourth place): Russell Meeuwsen, Decker Mickelson, Seward and Ben Larson.