Drozda leads Mustangs to state

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Jonathan Maness
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FORT COLLINS - If Mountain Range sophomore Shelly Drozda doesn’t have a target on her back she most certainly will this weekend at the Colorado State Swimming & Diving Championships.

Drozda won two events at last weekend’s Front Range League championships, and goes into the state meet with the fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke and with third fastest time in the 2oo individual medley. She also is a part of the Mustangs’ 200 freestyle relay team, which also qualified after setting a meet record.

“I’m excited, it will be a great experience,” Drozda said.

Her time of 56.73 not only set a meet record at the FRL championships, it gave her the best time going into state. Doherty’s Sarah James time is just a .09 second slower.

She also set a meet record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.30 and goes into state with the third fastest time in the 200 individual medley (2:05.86). She is behind Loveland’s Brooke Hansen (2:05.84) and Olympic goal medalist Missy Franklin of Regis Jesuit, who had the best time in the event with 2:02.10.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Mountain Range’s sophomore said. “I’m just going to give my best effort.”

Drozda will also join Amanda Kassel, Macayla Cross and Mackenzie Saenz in the 200 free relay - the four teamed up to have a time of 1:39.20 and are seeded fifth going into state.

Saenz will also compete in the 50 and 100 free, while Kassel will just compete in the 100 free.

Mountain Range swimmers finished eighth as a team at the FRL Championships with 340.5 points. Fossil Ridge took first, followed by Fairview and Loveland. Legacy was seventh, while Horizon placed 12th.

The Mustangs’ 200 medley relay finished fourth.

Legacy’s Kelsey Dowd qualified for state in the diving competition. Sophomore Mary Lombardi was second for the Lightning in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 individual medley at the FRL championships. Lombardi will also compete in the 200 and 500 free at state.

Legacy also placed third in the 400 free relay and fifth in the 200 medley. Fiona Dretzka was third in the 200 IM for the Lightning.

Fossil Ridge’s Rhianna Williams and Bailey Nero each won two events. Williams took first in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Nero won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

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