McDonald shines in prelims |

McDonald shines in prelims

FORT COLLINS – Glenwood Springs swimmer Emily McDonald got her state swimming meet off to a solid start during Friday’s preliminary races at the 4A Colorado Girls State Swimming Championships at the Edora Pool and Ice Center, securing a pair of top seeds for today’s finals.McDonald posted a time of 24.63 seconds in the 50 freestyle and was also fastest tops in the 100 free with a time of 53.38, nearly a second faster than second-place Kristin Schmidt of Regis.Glenwood had top-eight finishes in two freestyle relays. The Demons were fourth in the 400 free relay and eighth in the 200 free.Danielle Gonzales of St. Mary’s Academy set a Class 4A record in the 100-yard breaststroke. Gonzales, a senior, closed with a time of 1:04.70 to beat the 1:05.17 mark set last year by state champion Ellie Freeman, also of St. Mary’s Academy. Gonzales also is the top seed heading into today’s final in the 200 individual medley, which she swam in 2:08.52.The race for the team title remains up for grabs, with Mullen’s run of three consecutive state crowns facing a major threat from Regis, which has the top seed in two of the three relays and sits second in the other.The meet continues with finals today.

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