Swimmers back from big meet

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team got an idea of what the state meet will be like during the Colorado Invitational held Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.

According to Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin, the meet attracted dozens of schools and competitors.

"There were 65 schools at the meet with 100 competitors in each event," said Stehlin. "The majority of the schools were Class 5A schools. The competition was very tough."

Bulldogs at the meet were seniors Cammie Hillewaert, Larissa Hinaman and Chrsity Walker. Sophomores were Michell Harmon, Jessica Herrera and Katie Sabin. Freshman Kallie Murphy and Jenna Waite rounded out the squad.

"The meet gave our athletes an opportunity to see what the competition is like statewide," said Stehlin. "There was a good representation from the Western Slope there. Other than Grand Junction High School (Class 5A), the rest of the teams found the competition pretty tough."

Stehlin believes the swimmers picked things up from a week ago.

"The girls did swim a little faster than they did last week which inched them a little closer to those state qualifying times that they are in pursuit of," said Stehlin. "It's only our second meet of the season and we have been in the water about three weeks.

"I was happy with the way the girls swam," said Stehlin. "It gave the girls an opportunity to see how they stack up statewide and they were able to swim in the pool that the state meet will be held at."

The Bulldogs will next be in action Saturday in Montrose, Colo., for the relay meet.

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