Lady 'Dogs have strong showing in last home pool meet of season

The Lady Bulldogs swim team finished second to Grand Junction High School in Saturday's home meet.

The meet was a good one in coach Ed Stehlin's opinion, with many of his girls regaining season form after the long winter break.

The Lady 'Dogs saw one event qualify for state in the meet, the 200-meter freestyle relay team, made up by Jessica Herrera, Heather Whiting, Miranda Hillewaert and Jenna Waite.

The relay team finished up in second place overall at the meet, and swam a time nearly 30 seconds below qualification standards.

"This is by far the best meet we've had this season," Stehlin said. "We had a good hard week of practice, that brought the girls into the meet a little tired, but they swam strong any way."

The strong showing by the Lady Bulldogs is exactly what they needed, Stehlin said. The second place finish, and number of girls placing individually should provide the boost the Lady Bulldogs have needed.

"With all we've gone through this year this meet should be a big boost for us mentally," Stehlin said. "It should keep us moving forward the rest of the year."

The Lady 'Dogs hit the road Saturday for a meet scheduled at Fruita, but venuses may change before the end of the week. The meet may be moved to Grand Junction Orchard Mesa pool, because of the up-to-date facilities it offers.

The matches ups for the Fruita meet will bring similar ones as last Saturday's, because Grand Junction Central will be in attendance again.

"We'll be in a lot similar meet as we were this week when we travel to Fruita," Stehlin said.

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