Despite a cancellation of her team’s first meet, coach Meghan Francone is even more upbeat about the Moffat County High School girls swim team’s chances today.
Girls varsity swimming was originally scheduled to swim Friday in Gunnison, but after the meet was canceled, the team can focus solely on today’s league relays at Orchard Mesa Pool in Grand Junction, Francone said.
“This is a really fun meet,” Francone said. “The girls get to try relays they wouldn’t normally do, and it’s just a good way to start the season.”
The team will have its warm-ups at 8:15 a.m.
Starting the season away at a larger meet has several advantages, Francone said.
With a young team — the Bulldogs only return three from last year’s team — Francone also can get a sense of what her swimmers will look like for the rest of the year.
“For some of these girls, it will be the first time they’ve raced,” she said. “Some have raced before but not for a while. Some girls have swam in the past and left the team but are now back. It’s a good chance to get their feet wet.”
For the first meet of the year, Francone said she doesn’t have any set goals except one.
“I want to see them bond as a team, swim as a team,” she said. “I’d like to see them get good times, but I really want them to get a good base.”
Francone said early season swim meets can be a good indicator of future team performance.
But the league relay is better as a comparison to see how much the swimmers have improved during the course of the season, Francone said.
The league relays also offer the Bulldogs a chance to glimpse not only familiar league opponents, but different teams from around the state.
“I know we’ll see a lot of Western Slope League teams, but we’ll also see a lot of teams we won’t see again until regionals,” Francone said. “It’s a good chance for the girls to broaden their views and see different and faster competition.”
Meets like the league relays and the Friday Montrose Invite allow the Bulldogs to see how they stack up compared to teams not in the Western Slope League.
“I know for Genna (Bradley), it will let her improve and see where the other teams are,” Francone said. “It’s always nice to broaden the girls’ views and see how the other teams are swimming.”