Junior Meghan Innes is excited to kick off the girls swim season with two meets that carry little or no pressure.
"It makes it so you're not worried about the first meet," Innes said. "Especially the relay meet, because it's fun."
The Moffat County High School Bulldogs swim team heads to Grand Junction on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. start time and to Montrose on Saturday for a 9 a.m. start time.
Coach Marin Campbell said that after the first week and a half of practice, the girls are getting over the steep conditioning curve that comes with being out of the water for an extended period of time.
Campbell said she and her team are looking forward to the chance to work together right away and establish "team dynamics."
Dale Leonhart coaches the Class 5A Grand Junction Tigers. After sending a group of seniors to the state meet last year, Leonhart has a youthful group to work with this season.
The difference between Friday and Saturday's meets is that Saturday's meet is an all-relay meet, which gives the Bulldogs a chance to try different combinations of swimmers.
"It'll be a good opportunity to see where everyone's at and target the details we need to emphasize in practice," Campbell said.
Campbell said that most, if not all, of the Western Slope teams will be at Saturday's meet, which will give the Bulldogs a chance to see their regular season competition early on and prepare for meets to come.
Innes said she thinks it will be a good season. And now, with the heavy conditioning over, she's ready to work out the kinks.
"Instead of working on conditioning, we can work on technique," Innes said.
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