The final lap

Last home meet for senior swimmers

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Saturday's meet against Aspen is the Moffat County High School swim team's lone home contest of the season.

And for senior Katie Knez, being at home has an advantage that is more than meets the eye.

"I think it helps us mentally because this is a meter pool, and we train in a meter pool but then we go to other pools and they're in yards, so other (teams) are at disadvantage when they come here and it goes from yards to meters," she said, adding "And everybody you know is here."

Classmate Andria Dremel agreed with the latter sentiment.

"It's very nice have a home meet, and we don't have to travel a lot," she said. "It's a lot easier for people to come out."

Knez and Dremel are the Bulldogs lone seniors swimming at Saturday's meet, which begins at 9 a.m. And they, along with the rest of the team, will swim in whatever event they chose.

"Because this is their only home meet, I told the girls that they get to swim whatever they want, so it should be fun," coach Marin Campbell said. "They will get to swim different races than they would normally swim."

Knez will be swimming in the 100-meter breaststroke.

"I just want to do my best and hopefully improve my times," she said. "I just want to have fun this season."

Dremel said she is not sure what she will swim, but that she might be in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.

And while the coach is allowing the girls to swim events of their choosing, that doesn't lower her expectation of the dual against Aspen.

"We're hoping to win," Campbell said. "I think we've got a pretty good shot at it. ... I don't know the Aspen team very well. They've only been around for two or three seasons."

Despite seeking some home fun and a win, the Bulldogs will be swimming with tired arms.

"Because regionals is only three weeks away," Campbell said, "we're pushing the training pretty hard through this meet and our next meet, and not really resting for these."

Notes: The Bulldogs finished 16th out of 23 teams at the Jeffco Invite on Saturday.

Results in include:

  • Caitlin Conci finishing 15th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.08)
  • Kelsey Conci taking second in the 100 backstroke, third in the 50 free (25.30), eighth in the 100 fly (1:06.61)
  • MCHS's 200 free relay finished 16th (1:58.30).

Other competitors who didn't place in the top 16 include:

  • In the 50 free, Meghan Innes (29.34), and Natasha Romney (30.91).
  • In the 100 free, Megan Trujillo (1:07.33)
  • In the 100 backstroke, Trujillo (1:15.14) and Innes (1:15.30)
  • In the 100 breaststroke, Romney (1:23.81)
  • In the 1-meter dive, Genna Bradley (172.40 points)

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