THORNTON -- Monarch girls swimming has been off to a strong start this season. And while Thursday night did not showcase the team's full firepower, it did demonstrate the Coyotes are continuing on the right path.

The team won the first of back-to-back dual before holiday break with the better part of Monarch's swimmers finding their groove in off events. And while she was tackling her marquee events in the Coyotes' 272-206 win over Legacy, Amanda Sanders had one of her team's top showing at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

"We're taking a break from all my main events," the senior 100 breaststroke state placer said. "Our goal is for me to qualify in as many state events as I can."

Sanders proved she is well on her way to her goals by knocking down a state-qualification in one event and come close in a second. She notched a qualifying time in the 200 freestyle winning the race at nearly 2-minutes flat. Then she was just four tenths of a second off qualification in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time of 1 minute and 4 seconds.

After coming off a strong finish at Saturday's Coaches Invitational, the senior said she feels like she is moving in the right direction.

"It's definitely an encouraging start," she said.

Monarch competes at Brighton tonight and from what he has seen so far Ted Romero believes his team is making the right moves. The coach is just aiming to keep his Coyotes sharp before break before they have to tackle some tough invitationals out of the gates.

On Thursday, Romero's divers especially caught his eye with Grace Newell and Savanna Magness taking the top two spots at the meet.

"It was impressive to watch them," he said. "They've already hit their qualifications twice, so they're progressing very well."

Legacy also moved around its swimmers for its final competition before break. And while she was swimming at distances much shorter than she is use to, Mary Lombardi still put in an impressive evening. The sophomore won two races at the dual, touching the wall first in both the 200 individual medley (2:18.72) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.84).

"I was actually shocked with the outcome, especially the 100 breaststroke," the 500 freestyle specialist said. "My teammate (Rachel Wood) was pushing me the whole way, which was good."

Given the Lightning's recent competitions and tough practice schedule, Diana Wiles was impressed with her team's showing. But the Legacy coach had mixed emotions about her team having to layoff swimming soon.

"I'm looking forward to the break so they can get a rest," she said. "But at the same time, I hate to have them out of the water."

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Monarch 272, Legacy 206

At VMAC Pool

200 medley relay -- 1. Legacy (Fiona Dretzka, Rachel Wood, Elysia Hartojo, Marly Lombardi), 1:57.90*; 2. Monarch, 1:59.91*; 3. Legacy, 2:07.49; 4. Monarch, 2:09.19; 5. Monarch, 2:15.89; 6. Legacy, 2:20.41; 7. Legacy, 2:23.92; 8. Monarch, 2:23.95; 9. Moarch, 2:25.16; 10. Legacy, 2:37.23.

200 freestyle -- 1. Amanda Sanders, Monarch, 2:00.01*; 2. Fiona Dretzka, Legacy, 2:09.93; 3. Mandy Frazier, Monarch, 2:12.31; 4. Elisa Peterson, Monarch, 2:12.89; 5. KezLee Ferrera, Monarch, 2:23.29; 6. Lauren Phan, Legacy, 2:29.53; 7. Marissa Suleski, Monarch, 2:29.94; 8. Abigail Miranda, Legacy, 2:30.63; 9. Rachel Israelsen, Legacy, 2:43.88; 10. Nicole Roberts, Legacy, 2:49.99.

200 IM -- 1. Mary Lombardi, Legacy, 2:18.72*; 2. Elysia Hartojo, Legacy, 2:27.20; 3. Taite Henderson, Monarch, 2:30.14; 4. Gabriell Miyasaki, Legacy, 2:34.80; 5. Jennica Kelm, Monarch, 2:35.01; 6. Madison Yost, Monarch, 2:41.04; 7. Elisa Kinney, Monarch, 2:41.04; 8. Sarah Stokoe, Legacy, 2:55.13; 9. Brianna Johnson, Monarch, DQ.

50 freestyle -- 1. Jordin Simmons, Monarch, 27.74; 2. Gabby Gordan, Legacy, 27.87; 3. Morgan Miller, Monarch, 27.97; 4. Andy Johnston, Monarch, 28.29; 5. Mandy Ennis, Monarch, 28.42; 6. Alli Lindquist, Monarch, 28.73; 7. Mackenzie Bloom, Monarch, 29.54; 8. Alyssa Wilson, 29.94.

Diving -- 1. Grace Newell, Monarch, 194.70; 2. Savanna Magness, Monarch, 170.30; 3. Kelsey Dowd, Legacy, 151.40; 4. Alyssa Werner, Legacy, 139.80; 5. Ashley Zhovotovsky, Legacy, 130.10; 6. Alyssa Gottschalk, Legacy, 123.80; 7. Maria Trick, Monarch, 120.35; 8. Callie Shelley, Legacy, 118.05.

100 butterfly -- 1. Fiona Dretzka, Legacy, 1:02.45*; 2. Elysia Hartojo, Legacy, 1:04.27; 3. Claudia Flores, Monarch, 1:06.53; 4. Annie Silva, Legacy, 1:12.17; 5. Gillian Eastman, Monarch, 1:15.41; 6. Keely Jones, Legacy, 1:18.05; 7. Cyanr Stonesmith, Monarch, 1:19.89; 8. Lauren Phan, Legacy, 1:24.63.

100 freestyle -- 1. Elise Kinney, Monarch, 1:00.29; 2. Alli Lindquist, Monarch, 1:01.47; 3. Morgan Miller, Monarch, 1:01.64; 4. Rachel Harris, Monarch, 1:02.00; 5. Brie Yost, Monarch, 1:03.40; 6. Molly Johnson, Monarch, 1:04.32; 7. Kate Brunette, Monarch, 1:04.89; 8. Katie Metzler, Legacy, 1:05.07.

500 freestyle -- 1. Morgan Commander, Monarch, 5:48.43; 2. Taite Henderson, Monarch, 6:02.95; 3. Mandy Ennis, Monarch, 6:03.28; 4. Annie Janda, Monarch, 6;23.09; 5. Lyndsey Fremling, Legacy, 6:35.60; 6. Keely Jones, Legacy, 6:35.84; 7. Taylor Jackson, Legacy, 7:02.97; 8. Brooke Hansen, Legacy, 7:59.36.

200 free relay -- 1. Legcacy (Elysia Hartojo, Haley Rhine, Mary Lombardi, Fiona Dretzka), 1:45.19*; 2. Monarch, 1:47.45*; 3. Legacy, 1:51.49; 4. Monarch, 1:55.32; 5. Legacy, 1:59.11; 6. Monarch, 1:59.53; 7. Legacy, 1:59.56; 8. Legacy, 2:08.37.

100 backstroke -- 1. Amanda Sanders, Monarch, 1:04.48; 2. Elisa Peterson, Monarch, 1:08.45; 3. Rachel Ruske, Monarch, 1:13.53; 4. Meghan Casey, Legacy, 1:15.36; 5. Rachel Harris, Monarch, 1:15.60; 6. Gillian Eastman, Monarch, 1:16.89; 7. Jessica Wentworth, Leacy, 1:31.67; 8. Brooke Hansen, Legacy, 1:39.29.

100 breaststroke -- 1. Mary Lombardi, Legacy, 1:16.84; 2. Rachel Wood, Legacy, 1:17.29; 3. Mandy Frazier, Monarch, 1:18.10; 4. Madison Yost, Monarch, 1:18.88; 5. Sarah Stokoe, Legacy, 1:19.56; 6. Brie Yost, Monarch, 1:21.12; 7. Jennica Kelm, Monarch, 1:22.17; 8. Mackenzie Bloom, Monarch, 1:22.42.

400 free relay -- 1. Monarch (Amanda Sanders, Elise Kinney, Claudia Flores, Morgan Commander), 4:00.12; 2. Monarch, 4:12.60; 3. Monarch, 4:22.53; 4. Monarch, 4:23.06; 5. Legacy, 4:27.24; 6. Legacy, 4:43.34; 7. Legacy, 5:15.44; 8. Legacy 5:27.98.

* -- Denote state-qualifying mark.