The Montrose Marlins

The Montrose Marlins 10 and younger swim group enjoy practicing before the Western Slope Open Meet held over the weekend.

After The Montrose Marlins boys swim team took first place at its own home meet last month, the unit showed no signs of slowing down at the Western Slope Champions held over the weekend.

The boys took first place with a score of 1076.5, which was better than runner-ups Aspen Swim Club at 1001. The women’s team also had a strong showing, taking a respected sixth place (664.5).

With the combined team score, the Marlins finished fourth overall (1743). They trailed Aspen (2314), Durango (2029) and Maverick Aquatics (1941.5).

But Montrose finished with a few swimmers at on the top of the leaderboard.

Ryan King won the 400-meter IM (4:54.27); 200 freestyle (2:01.91); 200 butterfly (2:16.56); 200 IM (2:17.91); 100 butterfly (1:02.67); and 400 freestyle (4:15.44).

As part of the 400 freestyle relay, King, Danny Bynum, Henry Radovich and Lucas Motley won with a time of 4:03.52. Christianson later joined King, Bynum and Radovich for the 400 medley relay and took first (4:28.26).

Christianson ended up in the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.90); and the 200 breaststroke (2:36.93).

Motley also placed first in the boys 13-14 age group 200-meter freestyle (2:20.74). He also won the 100 freestyle (1:04.32); 200 breaststroke (3:02.87); the 100 butterfly (1:20.42); and the 1,500 freestyle (18:39.79).

For the women’s team, Alyssa Christianson took first in the 400 IM (5:20.84). She won the 100 breaststroke (1:17.56); the 200 breaststroke (2:43.34) and the 200 IM (2:32.72).

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.

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