The girls swim team swam to new levels at the Montrose Relays Saturday afternoon and placed a surprising third.
"I was pleased at the way the kids swam this early in the season," Head Coach Ed Stehlin said. "The team swam strong. I'm looking for good things this season."
The Lady 'Dogs made several mistakes throughout the meet, which cost them in the standings.
"We would have done better if we didn't get disqualified on several relays," Stehlin said. "We were leaving the starting block too early."
"I think it was really cool we placed third," sophomore Chloe Gilchrist said. "We would have placed first or second if it hasn't been for the disqualifications."
It was an important meet, with all 10 Western Slope teams participating. The Lady Dogs were competing against strong teams like Grand Junction, Durango and Montrose.
"The girls did a lot better than excepted," Stehlin said "A lot of returning swimmers had their best times. The novice swimmers swam well too.
In the pool this week, the team will be working on conditioning and details, like strokes and starting blocks, Stehlin said.
Last year, the team placed second with eight seniors on the team, and this year it placed third with a few seniors.
"I think the team did really well," swimmer Jada Hastings said.
The Lady 'Dogs next swim meet will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Moffat County High School swim pool, Saturday, Dec. 9 against Glenwood Springs
"We need fans at the swim meet Saturday," Hastings said.