Cruising with the home crowd

MCHS defeats Aspen in only girls' home meet of the year


Junior Kelsey Conci didn't expect to take first in four events Saturday, and with a huge home crowd rallying behind her, the wins were that much sweeter.

"It felt pretty good," Conci said about competing in front of packed stands at Moffat County High School's swim meet against Aspen. "It helped me out a lot to have people cheering for me. It's a lot of fun to have people supporting you at the meets."

She wasn't the lone Bulldog winning events, as Moffat County defeated Aspen, 108-74, at its sole home meet of the year.

"It was good for the girls to have their friends and family there," head coach Marin Campbell said.

So good that the Bulldogs took first in 10 events.

Starting in the 200 medley relay, Caitlin Conci, Kelsey Conci, Tasha Romney and Meghan Innes finished first in 2:22.02.

Kelsey Conci finished first in the 200 freestyle in 2:29.08.

Caitlin Conci won the 200 individual medley, while Kelsey Conci took first in the 50 meter freestyle in 29.12 seconds.

Genna Bradley finished first in the diving competition with 168.35 points, and Dori Fredrickson took third with 88.6 points.

In the 100 butterfly, Caitlin Conci finished first in 1:14.49, while in the 100 freestyle, Meghan Innes took first with 1:13.3.

For her first time competing in the 500 freestyle, Cameo Wilson took third place with 8:35.5.

"Cameo did really well," Campbell said.

Wilson also took time off in her 50 freestyle, Campbell said.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Sara Kurz, Megan Trujillo, Katie Knez and Katherine Dodd took second with 2:14.5.

In a little inner-squad competition, Trujillo edged out Innes in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:24.59, as Innes came in at 1:25.28.

Campbell commended them both for the close race.

In the 100 breaststroke, Kurz finished first in 129.94 and lastly, in the 400 freestyle relay, Caitlin Conci, Kelsey Conci, Romney and Innes finished in 5:00.25.

Campbell said she was happy Clare Sorrentino won her heat in the 100 backstroke and shaved time off her 50 freestyle.

Since it was a dual meet, the girls didn't have much time to rest or warm down, so not many were able to cut time off their personal bests.

"But they stepped up in the competition sense and went out there to win," Campbell said.

Next for the Bulldogs is a hard week of practices followed by a meet in Grand Junction on Saturday. Then, the athletes pushing for regionals will taper off their routine so they'll be at peak performance for the larger meets.

Kelsey Conci said the momentum they gained for this victory will help the squad.

"We will carry it on to other meets," she said.

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