by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Nick Thorne was a two-time champion at last years 6A state meet.

Barlow High junior Nick Thorne swam three personal-best times at the Junior Nationals meet in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend. His highest finish came in the 100-meter freestyle where he placed 19th out of 69 swimmers with a time of 45.79 seconds.

He dropped four seconds off his lifetime best in the 200 freestyle, finishing 26th overall in 1:40.87, missing a spot in the C-heat finals by .05 hundredths. Thorne dropped 2.5 seconds off his best time in the 200 medley and finished 29th out of 133 swimmers with a time of 1:53.98.

Corbett High graduate Colin Eaton competed at the Senior Nationals in Texas a week earlier, placing 23rd in the 50 free (20.30) and 21st in the butterfly (49.27). He swam against Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in the prelims of the freestyle sprint race.

Eaton has signed a letter of intent to swim at the University of Michigan beginning with the 2013-14 season.

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