Swimmers earn top finishes, no state berths

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There are no state qualifications yet for the Moffat County High School girls swim team, but coach Ed Stehlin isn't worried.

"This is normal for us," he said. "We'll start getting those qualifications after break."

The Bulldogs swam in a triangular meet against Class 5A schools Grand Junction and Durango Friday for their last meet before break. Moffat County finished in third with 161 points behind Durango's 190 and Grand Junction's 208.

"I thought we competed well for only having 18 swimmers," Stehlin said. "We ran out of gas toward the end but we were right there with them."

The Bulldogs finished with one winner in the meet. Senior diver Amanda Vaughn won with 161.65 points.

Vaughn has qualified for state once in diving with a score higher than 190 points. She needs one more six-dive score greater than 190 to qualify for state.

The 200-yard medley of freshman Catherine Compton, junior Heather Whiting, junior Sari Maneotis and freshman Vanessa Murray missed the state cut by .8 of a second with a time of 2:06.8. They finished second in the meet.

Other top three finishes were: Maneotis, who was third in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly; senior Cara Conci was third in the 100 freestyle; the 200 freestyle relay (Compton, Whiting, Conci, Danyel Harman) was second; senior Katie Stewart was third in the 100 backstroke; senior Lauren Stover was third in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay (Conci, Stewart, Maneotis, Murray) was second.

"I'm sure that by mid-January we'll be earning a good number of qualifications," Stehlin said. "As a team, we're going to be hurt a bit by our lack of depth, but we're going to be right in there with the Western Slope schools."

The Bulldogs have practice today and Tuesday and then will take a break from official practice through Christmas break. Their first meet back they will return to the Orchard Mesa pool in Grand Junction for a

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