Swimmers ready for long road trip to relay meet

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Relays, relays and more relays. That's what is in store for the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team at the Relay Invitational Saturday in Montrose.

"The meet ends up being kind of a fun meet," said Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin. "You can still qualify in the normal relays we usually do the 200-meter freestyle relay, the 200-meter medley relay and the 400-meter freestyle relay."

The Bulldogs will focus on getting everybody involved in the meet.

"This weekend we are not looking at qualifying people for state," said Stehlin. "For one, I am going to be missing some kids. Katie Sabin, who is pretty important to our relays, will not be there."

"We are just going to get all the kids involved that I can," said Stehlin. "You can swim up to four events and I will try to get all of them entered in at least two or more than that."

A week ago, the Bulldogs swam at the Colorado Invitational and Stehlin got an idea of how his team matches up with other Western Slope teams.

"Last weekend at the Colorado Invitational we saw Fruita Monument, Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Delta was there," said Stehlin. "We got a pretty good look at Grand Junction even though they had a half a dozen kids."

According to Stehlin, the Bulldogs will use the relay meet to work on getting faster.

"Number-wise we will match up up with anyone," said Stehlin. "Quality-wise, judging from the Colorado Invitational, we should have a little more than anyone else.

"It doesn't matter to me what we do as a team; we are just trying to get some better swims with everybody."

Stehlin believes Christmas break is coming at the right time.

"Practice has gone pretty good this week," said Stehlin. "We had a lot of sickness this week.

"One day I was missing 13 kids and I just don't know how we are going to swim this weekend.

"It's kind of a good thing that Christmas break is coming up because I hope that some of them will rest and get better."

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