By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
Coach Ed Stehlin knew that Saturday's meet against the Glenwood Demons would be tough, and despite a loss, the team is back on the road to recovery.
Earlier in the week, Stehlin said the Demons are one of the toughest programs on the Western Slope, and comparable to other Western Slope powerhouses such as Durango and Montrose.
The Demons failed to disappoint in Moffat County waters, running up a team score of 121 to the Lady Bulldogs 65.
"These guys are a quality program," Stehlin said. "When districts rolls around, Glenwood will definitely be fighting it out for one of the top spots."
The high Demon's team score didn't surprise Stehlin as he had expected the sluggish start immediately out of winter break.
The meet served as a restarting point for the Lady Bulldogs, who were struggling with overcoming mental and physical trauma from the Dec. 1 bus crash.
"We wanted to view this meet as the starting point of our season," Stehlin said. "The first thing we wanted to do is get the girls through the Dec. 1 bus crash, and the second thing was to get them back swimming after two weeks worth of break."
Although the team score was low, swimmers in two events did finish well for the Bulldogs in Saturday's competition.
The 200-meter freestyle relay finished one second away from swimming its second qualification time, and junior Heather Whiting swam her second qualification time in the 200-meter breaststroke. Both events qualified at the Colorado Invitational before break.
"Heather actually swam a slower time than she did at the invite," Stehlin said. "She probably has one of the strongest breststrokes in the Western Slope right now."