Swimmers take fifth out of 11 teams

It was only the second meet of the season for Clare Sorrentino, but the Bulldog swimmer took three seconds off her 50-yard freestyle time at the league relays in Montrose on Saturday.

"She was a rock star," coach Marin Campbell said.

Sorrentino may not have been swimming for individual time, but the 3-second cut made a difference to her teammates.

The 11-team meet was a good way to start the season, Campbell said.

"Most of the relays were just for fun, so there were no high expectations or pressure," Campbell said.

Another swimmer that Campbell said had a good weekend was Cameo Wilson.

"I think Clare and Cameo are definitely picking things up," Campbell said. "Every week, they improve so much."

The Bulldogs 200-yard backstroke 'A' relay team of Caitlin Conci, Kelsey Conci, Meghan Innes and Sara Kurz took first place with a time of 2:08.48. The 200-medley relay came down to a three-hundredths of a second difference between the Bulldogs and Glenwood Springs. Caitlin, Kelsey, Innes and Kurz were able to outstretch their opponents and touched the wall at 2:05.35, Glenwood finished at 2:05.38.

"Glenwood has a strong team, they have some tough swimmers" Campbell said. "I think it was a thrill for the girls to beat them."

Campbell said she hopes the success of the weekend meet forces the team to set more challenging goals for themselves.

"I think they were surprised again," Campbell said.

Campbell said that during dinner she received the results of the meet, and when she told the team they had taken fifth, they were "pleasantly surprised."

The Bulldogs have been in season for three weeks.

Campbell said she's seen a steady increase in confidence from the swimmers. What she hopes is that their confidence continues to rise as the year goes on.

Along with the two first place finishes, the Bulldogs took second in the 200-butterfly relay and the 200 fly/freestyle relay. The team finished fifth with 194 points.

Montrose won the meet, outscoring Durango by 40 points, 282-242. The Indians captured five first place finishes in their home pool.

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