Bulldog swimmers open season with victory

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The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimmers got their feet wet for the first time this season Saturday at the high school pool, and swam to a win.

The Bulldogs finished ahead of the pack with 248 points, Delta came in second place with 211 points and Grand Junction Central and Palisade were a combined team and finished in third place with 135 points.

"Overall, I was pleased with the effort," said Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin. "We have some of the older girls that are disappointed with the way they swam because they are not where they want to be. They swam hard, but we still have a long ways to go."

Bulldogs swimmer Cammie Hillewaert, a senior, led the way for MCHS. She qualified for state in the 100-meter breaststroke. Hillewaert was clocked with a time of 1:22.86.

"We just missed having another swimmer in Larissa Hinaman qualify for state," said Stehlin. "She was one second off in the 100-meter backstroke. After another week under our belt we should have some qualify for state."

Other individual Bulldogs who claimed first place were Christy Warner, a senior, in the 200-meter freestyle (2:35.61) and Hinaman, a senior, in the 50-meter freestyle (30.63) and 100-meter backstroke (116.24).

Coming in second place were Nicole Vorhies, a freshmen, in the 200-meter individual medley (3:07.61); Jenna Waite, a freshmen, in the 100-meter freestyle (1:15.31); and Warner in the 500-meter freestyle (6:51.35).

Finishing in third place were Melanie Brooks, a senior, in the 200-meter individual medley (3:16.92); Jada Hastings, a freshmen, in the 100-meter freestyle (1:23.11) and Megan Gregg, a senior, in the 100-meter breaststroke (135.47). In the relay events the Bulldogs' 400-meter freestyle relay team made up of Hinaman, Katie Sabin, Warner and Michelle Harmon came in first place (4:52.43).

The 200-meter medley relay team of Hinaman, Jessica Herrera, Warner, and Sabin finished in second place (2:26.67) to round out the top finishers.

"We do have a lot of young kids on the team," said Stehlin. "By the end of the year I expect us to be a pretty salty team."

The Bulldogs will next be in action Saturday at the Colorado Invite in Fort Collins, Colo.

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