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Ryan King. (Andrew Kiser/ Montrose Daily Press)

Montrose High School swimmers Ryan King and Cayden Christianson started the state tournament Friday with a pair of first-place finishes.

King took first in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries with a time of 4:40.96. He was a full six seconds faster than runner-up Tristan McFarland of Denver South (4:46.98).

In the 200 IM, Christianson finished on top of the leaderboard (1:53.43). His time was more than 1:30 seconds quicker than that of Broomfield’s Harrison Lierz (1:54.83).

King and Christianson also teamed up with Garth Knutson and Danny Bynum in the 200 medley relay and ended up in fourth. They also set a school record with a time of 1:37.30.

The same four then competed in the 400 freestyle and took third place (3:13.44).

King and Bynum also competed in the 200-yard freestyle and took fourth and seventh respectively (1:43.39 and 1:45.12).

Bynum is tied for 10th with George Washington swimmer Xavier Hill in the 50 freestyle (21.90). Knutson finished 16th and Mel Littlefield took 21st in the same event (22.64 and 23.10).

In the 100-yard butterfly, Christianson took sixth (53.00), Knutson placed 13th (54.26) and Brendan Ullmann finished 35th (59.45).

Additionally, Henry Radovich took 28th and Zachary Oldroyd placed 35th in the 200 IM (2:11.27 and 2:15.51). Radovich also finished 31st in the 100 backstroke (1:00.13).

In the 100 breaststroke, Oldroyd took 31st (1:08.08). Ullmann wound up in 33rd in the 500 freestyle (5:27.44).

The 200 freestyle team of Littlefield, Radovich, Ullmann and Oldroyd finished 20th (1:37.75).

The state tourney concludes Saturday at VMAC in Thornton.

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