Swim team preps for Jeffco after home dual

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The home pool advantage didn't kick in for the Moffat County High School swim team this weekend.

For the sixth meet in a row, they faced Glenwood Springs, this time in a dual meet, and for the sixth time the Demons got the better of them.

"Glenwood really stacked it up against us this weekend and beat us pretty bad," swim coach Ed Stehlin said. "They took several second places that should have been ours and with their three divers to our one, it was pretty tough to stay with them."

To add to the loss, the Bulldogs received more bad news. Sophomore Heather Whiting, who finished second in the 100-yard breast stroke at state last year and swims in several relays, is probably out for the rest of the season.

"She's been having shoulder problems and it's just not worth it to have her fight it though when she's still a sophomore," Stehlin said.

On the bright side of things, Whiting's absence opens up a spot for a senior Jenna Waite to fill in at the 200 freestyle relay.

"It will be a little harder for our 200 free to make it," Stehlin said. "But if we put together the best times of all four they can qualify. They just have to put it together at the same time."

Despite what Stehlin said wasn't a great performance, the team swam 20 personal bests. Most of them came in the strokes and freestyles, which was much of what the team had worked on in practice the week prior to the meet.

The lone event the Bulldogs were able to win was the 100-meter backstroke, which senior Nicole Vorhies touched the wall first in a time of 1:19.5.

All three relays stayed near the times they had been at and all finished in second place.

The 200 individual medley and the 50 free style earned the Bulldogs the most points with second- through fourth-place finishes in each event. Leading the way in the 200 freestyle was sophomore Sari Maneotis followed by junior Julie Strahan and Katie Stewart. In the individual medley, senior Miranda Hillewaert led the way with seniors Cassie Owens and Cara Conci close behind.

The other second-place finish for the Bulldogs was senior Kallie Murphy in the 100 breast stroke.

In the diving competition, junior Amanda Vaughn came within 14 points of her first state qualifying effort with a fourth-place finish and 176.05 points.

The Moffat County swimmers are preparing this week for their biggest meet of the regular season.

"It would be nice to get some more qualifications so we don't have to worry about them all at districts," Stehlin said.

Jeffco features many of the Front Range schools that are ranked in the top 10 in the state as well as the Bulldogs' familiar foe, Glenwood Springs.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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