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2 MCHS swimmers to compete at state meet this weekend

Ben Bulkeley

Genna Bradley practices her one-and-a-half front with a twist dive Tuesday at the Moffat County High School swimming pool. Bradley will make her fourth trip to the Colorado state swim meet this weekend.

— For Genna Bradley, attrition is a good thing.

The Steamboat Springs native and Moffat County High School diver will be competing in her fourth straight state championship Saturday, but last year's sixth-place finisher won't have to worry about a repeat champion.

All five divers who finished in front of her a year ago were seniors.

While the path to first isn't unimpeded, Bradley said she is going into the state meet with confidence.

"It's definitely a different kind of pumped up this year, because of my expectations, my goals," she said. "I want to do the best that I can, but ever since my freshmen year, I've been hoping to get first at state."

Bradley will have teammate Eryn Leonard with her at Highlands Ranch for the state meet, but was less than one-half of a second away from having three more teammates.

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Swimming at the regional competition Feb. 5 and 6, the MCHS girls 200-meter medley relay team of Hannah Kirk, Tasha Romney, Leonard and Mary Penner clocked in at 2:05.19 — 0.19 of a second behind the qualifying time.

"It was a heartbreaker," MCHS coach Meghan Francone said. "Those girls really did deserve it. They made such huge growth during the season. They really, truly deserved it."

In the last regular season meet, other Bulldog swimmers had strong performances in Grand Junction.

Kirk finished 14th in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter medley, and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Romney finished 15th in the 200-meter freestyle and eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Leonard finished third in the 200-meter freestyle, and Penner finished ninth in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles.

Diver Larissa Grammer finished fifth.

Although the relay team won't be competing at state, Francone said a large number of swimmers would make the trip to cheer on Bradley and Leonard.

While Bradley tries to claim her first state title, Leonard might be starting her own championship run when she swims the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly, Francone said.

But Leonard will have a challenge in Montrose High School's top swimmer, Emily Stucky.

"It will be a good growing experience for (Leonard)," Francone said. "I told her she'll be the next Stucky, and she didn't like that. She wants to be the first Leonard."


Girls swimming results from Feb. 5 and 6 in Grand Junction

Name, Event, Place

Hannah Kirk, 200-meter medley relay, 6

100-meter butterfly, 14

200-meter medley, 14

400-meter freestyle relay, 6

Tasha Romney, 200-meter medley, 6

200-meter freestyle, 15

100-meter breaststroke, 8

400-meter freestyle relay, 6

Eryn Leonard, 200-meter medley, 6

200-meter freestyle, 3

400-meter freestyle relay, 6

Mary Penner, 200-meter medley, 6

50-meter freestyle, 9

100-meter freestyle, 9

400-meter freestyle relay, 6

Genna Bradley, Diving, 1

Larissa Grammer, Diving, 5

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