Swimmers qualify four for state at Jeffco


With four events swimming qualification time coach Ed Stehlin was pleased, but he also saw problems.

The Jeffco Invitational, held at Arvada's Myers pool, had no real place for the Lady Bulldogs to rest in between events. The lack of space ended up taking its toll on the Moffat County girls by sapping their energy for the later races.

"We kind of ran out of gas towards the end of the meet, because there was no where else to go," Stehlin said. "Almost all the other teams there were from the Front Range, so, they'd go home when they weren't racing."

The only other team stuck in the same boat as the Lady Bulldogs was Grand Junction High School, the other team from the Western Slope.

The Jeffco meet had 18 teams in attendance, and was one of the tougher invitational the team has swam this season, Stehlin said.

Despite being sapped of energy and with no place to go the Lady 'Dogs went on to swim 38 personal bests. Most coming from the junior varsity ranks.

The four events to qualify for state were the 200-meter free style relay (Jessica Herrera, Heather Whiting, Miranda Hillewaert, Michelle Harman), 200 medley relay (Jenna Waite, Heather Whiting, Chloe Gilchrist, Miranda Hilleweart), Heather Whiting in the 50 free style and Whiting again in the 100 breast stroke.

"I was impressed with the qualifications we had, but I was really impressed with how the JV kids swam," Stehlin said. "The younger kids really stepped it up at Jeffco, and were fighting with Cherry Creek the whole time."

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