ryan king

Ryan King

Montrose High School swimmer Ryan King ends his prep sports career Saturday retaining the 500-yard freestyle state title.

King was about 12 seconds faster than his closest opponent as he finished with a time of 4:33.47. He even out performed his preliminary results from Friday (4:40.96).

The future Northwestern swimmer also placed in the 200 freestyle, taking fourth (1:42.57).

As part of the medley relay team, King, as well as Garth Knutson, Cayden Christianson and Mel Littlefield finished in fourth (1:38.71).

The same four competed in the 400 freestyle relay and took sixth (3:16.19).

Theses scores helped Montrose nab sixth overall. This is five spots better than last season’s 11th-place finish.

The Indians almost had two state winners after Christianson finished first in the 200 IM on Friday. But he ended up taking the runner-up spot in the event (1:54.21).

Broomfield’s Harrison Lierz, who took second in the prelims, placed first (1:49.54). He swam a full five seconds faster than he did on Friday (1:54.83).

But Christianson was able to podium in the 100-yard butterfly, taking fifth place (52.12).

Littlefield placed 19th in the 50 freestyle (23.26).

Also taking 19th was the 200 freestyle relay team of Zachary Oldroyd, Henry Radovich, Brendan Ullmann and Littlefield. The four swimmers finished with a time of 1:36.29.

Additionally, diver Ammon Woodland took 11th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 360.25.

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