Unique use of nylons

Swim team dressed up to work hard

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Pantyhose in the pool?

A majority of the Moffat County High School swim team was wearing full-length hosiery at practice Tuesday.

It might look funny, but in the end the swimmers hope their unique use of nylons will pay off.

"It increases drag in the water," coach Jennifer Zimmerman said. "We're at the time of the season where they need more drag to work them harder."

The girls are coming off "a rough weekend" at Orchard Mesa Pool in Grand Junction, the coach said.

They finished last in a six-team meet and other than a first-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle by freshman Kelsey Conci, the Bulldogs' best finish was fourth place.

"We only had three days of practice," senior Katie Gainor said. "That might have made a difference."

Zimmerman also said there was sickness on the team and a lot of her girls looked tired.

The Friday meet was the third consecutive time that the Bulldogs' 200 freestyle relay came close to qualifying for state. The team -- Gainor, sophomore Vanessa Murray, Kelsey Conci and freshman Caitlin Conci -- finished fourth, two seconds from qualifying for state.

Caitlin Conci also finished fourth with a seasonal best of 1 minute, 11.4 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

Emily Kirk and Clarrisa Dilldine dove for the Bulldogs.

"They didn't finish high up, but it was just good for them to get back on the board," Zimmerman said.

The Bulldogs have two weeks to qualify for the state meet. On Saturday, they travel to Orchard Mesa to face Montezuma-Cortez and Grand Junction Central.

Team members are working hard to drop times in the next two weeks.

"The practices won't be long this week, but they'll work," Zimmerman said. "Next week, we'll start to taper so they can have energy at the Western Slopes."

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