Reader disappointed with coverage of girl's swim team

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To the Editor:

I feel very fortunate to live in a community where sports plays a large part in the success of our youth. I eagerly read your articles regarding our incredible wrestlers and awesome basketball teams. The pictures that you publish show that all of their hard work and practice really pays off.

I also eagerly wait for some mention of the girls swim team, and I must admit I was very disappointed in the article of Feb. 18 regarding the girls swim team's participation at the Western Slope District swim meet in Durango last weekend. I realize the timing of this event was poor since our State Champion Wrestlers were hosting a large meet at home and our basketball teams also played exciting games. While there is limited space available in the sports section of the paper, it is good that you make sure and get the college basketball scores in there since we have no other media that reports those facts to us.

Did you know that the girls have swam over one hundred (100) miles this year in practice, not counting the distances swam at pre-meets and meets? Did you hear that Amanda Vaughn qualified for state this weekend with a score that is less than seven points away from the MCHS diving record set years ago? Did you know that the swim team has only one coach who coaches 31 girls who swim and dive every day of the week except Sunday? There is no separate freshman coach, or junior varsity coach. Coach Ed Stehlin does it all alone. Did you know that for the District and State meets, Coach Stehlin is also the van driver? Did you also know that Ed Stehlin was chosen as Coach of the Year for the Western Slope? Obviously, he deserves this honor, but apparently not much recognition for this accomplishment.

Recently you printed a guest column on the efforts to mend some of the negative rivalries that have existed in past years. Did you know that we have swimmers in Steamboat, Meeker, and Rangely who wear a MCHS sports letter on their letter jackets as a reward for their hard work representing our school?

It is frustrating that our best coverage of swimming came from a bus wreck. There are many other things you could write about regarding the team and their representation of MCHS and the community. I am not asking for less coverage of our incredible wrestlers and basketball players, just a bit more news about the swimmers. My scrapbook pages are very lonely.

Thanks for listening.

Beth Gilchrist,

Craig

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