Legacy swimmers eighth at FRL championships

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THORNTON — Both Legacy and Mountain Range swim teams will be well represented at the Class 5A state meet.

At the Front Range League championships — which were held at the VMAC Friday and Saturday, the Lightning qualified its 200 medley relay team and also a diver, while the Mustangs qualified both their 200- and 400-freestyle relay squads and a diver.

Fossil Ridge took first with 768.5 points, edging out Loveland by a half a point, while Fairview was third with 547 points. Legacy (304) finished eighth, Mountain Range (226) was 10th and Horizon (107) was 12th.

The Mustangs’ Jonathan Clements qualified for state after finishing second in the diving competition with 338.05 points.

Legacy’s Devlin Cortens was third and qualified for state with a score of 321.09.

In the 200 medley relay the Lightning finished seventh with a state-cut time of 1 minute, 48.52 seconds.

The Mustangs also took seventh in the 200 freestyle relay with a state-qualifying time of 1:32.96. Mountain Range was also eighth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:27.43.

Loveland was first in eight events, including the 100 breaststroke where Nick Hatanaka finished with an automatic All-American time of 55.86. Ryan Ball also finished with an All-American time of 50.30 in the 100 butterfly for Loveland.

The 5A state meet will be held in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday.

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