Swimmers on the road to Fort Collins

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In only their second meet of the season, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team members will get a preview of where they stand in the state Saturday at the Colorado Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

"The Colorado Invitational is a huge meet," said Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin. "There will be 50 or 60 teams that will be there from all over the state and it will be tough."

The Bulldogs are taking their top guns to the meet.

"We are taking eight kids to the meet and they are the ones who have the best chance to making it to state," said Stehlin. "They will get a chance to see what their competition is for state. It will let them know what they will be up against at the end of the year."

Bulldogs swimmer Cammie Hillewaert, a senior, led the way for MCHS last Saturday in the opening meet of the season as she qualified for state in the 100-meter breaststroke. Hillewaert was clocked with a time of 1:22.86.

"I was really pleased because I came home from my SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and I didn't warm-up or anything," said Hillewaert. "I am still not back to my time last year and hopefully I will get there. I think that our team is really good this year. We have a lot of good people and a lot of the younger girls are really stepping up. We just have a big strong team this year."

As a team 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.

"We had some pretty good swims in our first meet of the season," said Stehlin. "The thing I was pleased with is that the swimmers listened to me in what I asked them to do. It wasn't about swimming fast but doing things that were correct. We had 23 personal records and that was with new kids, some freshmen and returning swimmers.

"The younger kids are pretty focused. They are working hard and they know what they want to do," said Stehlin. "If they stay focused they will get there. I am looking forward to the end of the season. Hopefully, it will be like last year and we will shine at the end and we can surprise some people which I think we will."

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