Moffat County senior Megan Knez competes in the 400-meter freestyle relay Jan. 3 during the Bulldog Invite. Knez set a new personal best time in the 50-free Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

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Moffat County senior Megan Knez competes in the 400-meter freestyle relay Jan. 3 during the Bulldog Invite. Knez set a new personal best time in the 50-free Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

Bulldogs swim team nearing state qualifying marks

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High school swimming results

Glenwood Springs Invite

Jan. 31 - Glenwood Springs High School

Individual results (state qualifying time in parenthesis):

200-yard medley relay (2:05.00)

4. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner) 2:16.31

8. MCHS B (Cork, Knez, Kirk, Dulmaine) 2:35.92

200-yard freestyle (2:08.80)

6. Emma Lichtenfels 2:27.28

7. Katherine Dodd 2:28.04

200-yard IM (2:26.00)

7. Katherine Dodd 2:47.23

8. Sarah Kirk 3:01.91

50-yard freestyle (26.60)

9. Megan Knez 30.10

12. Mary Penner 30.83

20. Tatiana Dulmaine 35.98

1-meter diving (300)

No MCHS competitor

100-yard butterfly (1:06.50)

No MCHS competitor

100-yard freestyle (58.30)

7. Danielle Brockman 1:08.70

10. Mary Penner 1:10.53

12. Tatiana Dulmaine 1:18.98

500-yard freestyle (5:48.00)

6. Katherine Dodd 6:38.35

200-yard freestyle relay (1:51.00)

2. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner) 1:51.78

100-yard backstroke (1:07.00)

7. Danielle Brockman 1:17.85

11. Kathrine Cork 1:29.78

100-yard breaststroke (1:15.30)

6. Megan Knez 1:28.85

8. Sarah Kirk 1:32.96

400-yard freestyle relay (4:06.00)

4. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner 4:42.75

Less than a second.

That's how close the Moffat County girls swimming team came Saturday in Glenwood Springs to qualifying four swimmers for the state championships.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Danielle Brockman, Katherine Dodd, Emma Lichtenfels and Mary Penner nearly joined diver Genna Bradley on the bus headed to Colorado Springs on Feb. 13, finishing the eight laps required in one minute, 51.78 seconds.

The team's fourth-place finish was 0.78 seconds away from the state qualifying time and more than three seconds faster than their previous season-best.

"The girls swam really well," Bulldogs coach Meghan Francone said. "They are working hard and getting so much closer to achieving their ultimate goal."

"The girls all know where they stand and how close they are," Francone added. "Everybody is well aware of what they need to do."

Moffat County placed third behind host Glenwood Springs and visiting Durango, but Francone said the team was pleased with another number.

Six.

Half a dozen Bulldog swimmers set new personal-best times Saturday.

"We knocked out a lot of goals we had set earlier in the season," Francone said. "For only having eight swimmers, I'm really proud of the way the girls are competing."

The MCHS "B" relay team of Kathrine Cork, Megan Knez, Sarah Kirk, and Tatiana Dulmaine set a new season-best time in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing eighth in 2:35.92.

Lichtenfels, a Steamboat Springs resident, cut more than eight seconds off her previous career-best time in the 200-free.

Lichtenfels swam the eight laps required in 2:27.28, finishing sixth.

Senior Megan Knez set a new personal-best time in the 50-free, finishing ninth in 30.10.

Dulmaine, a MCHS freshman, eclipsed the 1:20 mark in the 100-free for the first time in her career, placing 12th in 1:18.98.

Brockman and Cork set new career-best times in the 100-backstroke, as well.

Brockman finished seventh (1:17.85), and Cork, 11th (1:29.78).

The Bulldogs have one more shot to qualify this weekend.

Moffat County competes in the state regional tournament Saturday and Sunday in Durango.

"The girls are confident and ready to give it their all," Francone said. "We are going to taper this week, have fun, and go out there and give it our best."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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