Swimmers finish near top at relay meet

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team may not have won the Relay Invitational Saturday in Montrose, but they put up a good fight.

The Bulldogs finished in second place in an eight-team field, eight points behind the Glenwood Springs Demons.

"It was an all-relay meet," said Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin. "The difference was in the diving. We didn't have any and they (Glenwood Springs) did. As far as the swimming part we outswam everybody. The kids swam well."

According to Stehlin, many Bulldogs eclipsed their times from the previous two meets.

"The times got better and there wwere more than 30 personal record swims," said Stehlin. "The reason for that was a lot of the kids were swimming off events since it was all relays. We swam pretty well."

Stehlin believes the second-place outcome might be a different story in a regular meet.

"Being in a meet like that it's hard to tell where you stand against the other Western Slope teams," said Stehlin. "When you go head-to-head and we have regular meets it will be a little different.

"I think that we have pretty good depth with all those young kids."

Senior Larissa Hinaman came close to qualifying for state.

"There were three relays that you could qualify for state," said Stehlin. "We got a little close on those three relays.

"Larissa Hinaman got real close in the 50-meter freestyle. We weren't worried about that too much."

The Bulldogs will next be in action Jan. 8 against Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in Grand Junction.

"We will continue to swim up to Thursday," said Stehlin. "Then we will take some time off and be back at practice when school starts."

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