Despite visions, future looks great for Turner

Craig Harper
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Lewis-Palmer freshman Andie Turner is a lot of things, but a soothsayer isn't one of them.

Turner earned the No. 1 spot for the 100 backstroke finals in Saturday evening's Class 5A swimming and diving championships at Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins after swimming a heat of 56.71 seconds in the prelims a day before.

Leading up to the championship race, Turner “had visions of false-starting, a (disqualification), getting beat by all the girls in the race.''

But Turner, whose best time prior to the meet was 57.80, easily swam her fastest race of the season, touching the wall in 56.28 to beat Doherty senior Sarah James (56.65).

“I'm so excited right now,'' said Turner, who also placed 15th in the butterfly (58.43).

Lewis-Palmer also had two 11th-place finishers, Shannon Babcock in the breaststroke (1:08.95) and Hannah Beckwith in diving (360.25).

Missy Franklin agonized over whether or not to swim her senior season for Regis Jesuit, but in the end the Olympic multi-gold medalist went with her heart and swam in two dual meets and last weekend's Class 5A championships.

“If I had to do it a hundred times over, I'd do it again,'' Franklin said. “I'm so, so happy that I made that decision.''

So are her Regis teammates. Franklin notched lopsided individual wins in “off'' events for her - a national high school record the 200-yard individual medley and a state record in the 500 freestyle - and anchored two winning relay teams to lead the Raiders to their second state title in three years.

“I couldn't think of a better way to end my high school career,'' said Franklin, hoarse from cheering on and the title celebration with her teammates. “Just being able to swim with a Regis cap on my head, that's what I'm going to remember the most.''

Franklin finished her career with eight individual titles (three in the 100 backstroke, two in the 50 and one in the 200 in addition to the IM and 500) and state records in the backstroke, IM and 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. She capped her career by breaking records set last year by Cherry Creek's Bonnie Brandon in the IM and 500, but insisted swimming those two events “was never about the records.''

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