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'Stangs swim to 6th in 4A pool

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Austin Linn, Noah Mooney and Oliver Valdez head Mullen's efforts at the VMAC in Thornton.
With less than a dozen qualifiers, Mullen showed well at Colorado’s Class 4A Championships for boys swimming and diving.

In Friday’s finals at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton, the Mustangs took sixth place and had scoring in seven of the 12 events.

Austin Linn had the best individual showing for Mullen, taking fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.49 seconds. Linn was followed by James Galligan, sixth, 1:01.02, and Henry Montgomery, 15th, 1:02.71.

Noah Mooney was fifth in the 200 individual medley, 1:59.61; Austin Linn was sixth, 2:00.74; and Oliver Valdez, ninth, 2:01.77.

Mullen’s other showings in the 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay were in the ‘B’ finals and also came through Ben Hoody, Noah Johnson, Jack Krza, John Rodriguez and Louis Roth.

Mooney and Valdez also were the only Mustangs to place in three events, including a relay.   

At VMAC, Thornton


Top Team Scores – Cheyenne Mountain 402, Silver Creek 371.5, Discovery Canyon 358, George Washington 267.5, Windsor 204, Mullen 191.5.
Top Mullen finishers

200-Yard Individual Medley –
5. Noah Mooney, 1 minute, 59.51 seconds; 6. Austin Linn, 2:00.74; 9. Oliver Valdez, 2:01.77.

100 Butterfly – 11. Henry Montgomery, 53.94.

500 Freestyle – 11. Noah Mooney, 4:55.30.

200 Freestyle Relay – 12. Oliver Valdez, Noah Johnson, Jack Krza, Ben Hoody, 1:35.42.

100 Backstroke – 16. Oliver Valdez, 47.56.

100 Breaststroke – 4. Austin Linn, 59.49; 6. James Galligan, 1:01.02; 15. Henry Montgomery, 1:02.71.

400 Freestyle Relay – 18. Noah Mooney, Louis Roth, John Rodriguez, Jack Krza, 3:33.56.