Bulldogs swim team comes up short

Moffat County fails to qualify for state competition

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Swimming results

Regional championships

Feb. 8 - Durango

Team results - MCHS 8/11

Individual results

(state qualifying time in parenthesis):

200-yard medley relay (2:05.00)

9. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner) 2:16.87

N/A MCHS B (Cork, Knez, Kirk, Dulmaine) N/A

200-yard freestyle (2:08.80)

N/A Emma Lichtenfels N/A

200-yard IM (2:26.00)

N/A Katherine Dodd 2:41.51

N/A Sarah Kirk 2:57.93

50-yard freestyle (26.60)

N/A Megan Knez 30.18

N/A Kathrine Cork 30.86

N/A Mary Penner 31.00

N/A Tatiana Dulmaine 35.61

1-meter diving (300)

1. Genna Bradley 364.70*

100-yard butterfly (1:06.50)

No MCHS competitor

100-yard freestyle (58.30)

12. Danielle Brockman 1:06.14

N/A Tatiana Dulmaine 1:18.98

N/A Mary Penner N/A

500-yard freestyle (5:48.00)

10. Katherine Dodd 6:23.04

200-yard freestyle relay (1:51.00)

13. MCHS B (Cork, Knez, Kirk, Dulmaine) N/A

100-yard backstroke (1:07.00)

11. Danielle Brockman 1:15.44

100-yard breaststroke (1:15.30)

10. Emma Lichtenfels 1:22.71

400-yard freestyle relay (4:06.00)

8. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner 4:25.16

* Qualified for the state championships

Genna Bradley won't be sitting alone.

Despite the Moffat County High School swim team's failure to qualifying any swimmers for state during Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Durango, the bus headed to Loveland for state will be full.

"It's a bummer we didn't add any more girls," coach Meghan Francone said. "But, we are a team, and the whole team is going."

The Durango event featured a preliminary round Friday, and a championship round Saturday.

To advance to the championship round, participants needed to finish in the top eight Friday.

Moffat County advanced in seven of the 12 events Friday, but Saturday proved more difficult.

"I was impressed that we got that many swimmers through to the championship round," Francone said. "I'm really proud of how they performed."

By the time Saturday rolled around, Francone said she could see fatigue setting in.

"The girls were really tired," She said. "But, they fought through it and went out there and gave it their all."

The 200-yard medley relay team of Danielle Brockman, Katherine Dodd, Emma Lichtenfels and Mary Penner advanced to the finals and finished 9th overall in 2 minutes, 16.87 seconds.

"The girls were really impressive," Francone said. "We qualified as the No. 11, and we made up two spots."

Brockman advanced to the championship round in two events - the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

She finished 12th in the free, and 11th in the back.

"There was a lot of emotion coming from Danielle when it was all over," Francone said. "It's hard to grasp the idea of that being the last time competing in high school swimming. But, she qualified for the finals as an alternate, and after a girl dropped out, she got in and did awesome."

MCHS senior Katherine Dodd placed 10th in the 500-free, finishing the 20 laps required in 6:23.04.

"Dodd swam a really good race and advanced to the championship round," Francone said. "She came back and placed 10th after qualifying 11th."

Steamboat Springs resident Emma Lichtenfels battled through a surgically repaired knee to place 10th in her favorite event, the 100-breaststroke in 1:22.71.

The MCHS 400-free relay team concluded its season with an eighth-place showing, finishing in 4:25.16

Although the season is done for her swimmers, Francone said the team would practice every day this week.

"Genna is going to be here, practicing and working hard, so we are going to do the same to support her," Francone said. "She's a part of our team, and our team isn't done competing yet."

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

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