Diver, swim relay team qualify for state

The Moffat County High School girls swim team lost their meet to the eighth-ranked Glenwood Springs Demons on Saturday, 29-68, but the meet had its high points.

Diver Amanda Vaughn and the 200-yard medley relay team qualified for the state meet, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team came within one second of qualifying.

"We had some fast swims," Coach Ed Stehlin said. "We just had some glitches."

Although the Moffat County relay teams swam fast times, the Glenwood girls, led by Emily McDonald, were faster. The Bulldog's 200-yard medley relay team of Katie Stewart, Heather Whiting, Sari Maneotis and Cara Conci qualified for the state meet with a time of 2:19.84, but lost to Glenwood by three seconds.

A time of 2:05.1 is needed to qualify for the state meet in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the Glenwood girls swam that exactly. But Moffat County's team of Whiting, Stewart, Conci and Danyel Harman was a little more than one second slow of the mark, coming in at 2:06.03.

Katie Stewart, who swam the first leg of the relay, remained upbeat that the team could make up that second.

"It's pretty much the start," Stewart said. "We need quicker starts."

Stehlin said one girl told him she missed a turn and another said she had a slow start, so he can see ways for the relay team to make their time yet.

"You just never know when it's that close," Stehlin said.

But no races were close for Glenwood's McDonald. She dominated the meet, winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:39.27 that put her more than half a pool length in front of a Glenwood's teammate who finished second. McDonald also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:28.59. Moffat County entered no swimmers in that race, and had no first-place finishes other than diver Amanda Vaughn.

Vaughn was the only competing diver at the meet. Her six dives earned her a score of 194.25, with a cumulative degree of difficult of 10.1. It was the second time she qualified for the state meet.

"This meet I went pretty hard on myself because I had to qualify," Vaughn said. She's glad that pressure will be off her back for the rest of the season.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031, or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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