Freestyle relays hope to be on fast track at Jeffco

Confidence high among swimmers that Bulldogs will qualify for state meet


Moffat County girls swim coach Jennifer Zimmerman won't announce who will swim on the 200- and 400-meter relay teams for this weekend's meet until Friday. But she isn't holding back from announcing the expectations.

"The short relay is only two seconds away and should qualify for state this weekend," she said. "The 400 has some work to do, but it could make it with a good weekend."

If ever there were a time to qualify for state in the middle of the season, this is the weekend to do it for the Bulldogs.

Zimmerman said she would put the best swimmers she could in both freestyle relays.

The Jeffco meet in Arvada is the largest meet in which the Bulldogs will swim until state. The fast competition from some of the best 4A and 5A teams in Colorado can help pull fast times through the water.

At least 30 teams will be at the Meyers Aquatic Center in Arvada on Friday and Saturday. All 16 Bulldog swimmers are making the trip because there are races for junior varsity and varsity swimmers.

"We'll have seven swimming in the varsity meet," Zimmerman said. '"There's no specific individuals who are close to qualifying but we keep chipping time off and someone could qualify this weekend."

Freshman Kelsey Conci earned a trip to the state meet last weekend in Delta.

She swam a 26.4 in the 50 freestyle. That performance was .04 seconds faster than the qualifying standard. The Bulldogs were four points behind Delta in the meet.

Diver Brittnie Durham will be competing in her first 11-dive competition. The previous meets have been judged on six dives. Other divers will be Clarrissa Dilldine and Emily Kirk.

Last year, the Bulldogs finished 18th out of 22 teams and had all three relays make the finals.

The meet will start with JV diving at 2 p.m. Friday, and varsity swimming preliminaries begin later that day at 5 p.m.

Varsity prelims are at 2 p.m. Saturday, and all of the finals are at 5 p.m.

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