The Moffat County High School varsity girls swim team celebrates Saturday at the conclusion of their lone home meet of the season. The Bulldogs won at home for the fifth consecutive year.

Photo by John Vandelinder

The Moffat County High School varsity girls swim team celebrates Saturday at the conclusion of their lone home meet of the season. The Bulldogs won at home for the fifth consecutive year.

Bulldogs swim team wins home meet for 5th consecutive year

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Moffat County senior Sarah Kirk competes in the 200-meter individual medley Saturday.

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Bulldogs sophomore Mary Penner races to the finish line Saturday in the 100-meter freestyle.

Moffat County Invite

Jan. 3 - Moffat County High School

Team scores:

MCHS 135

Central/Palisade 92

Individual results:

200-meter medley relay

1. MCHS (Brockman, Knez, Dodd, Penner) 2:36.12

200-meter freestyle

1. Cameo Wilson 3:01.46

200-meter IM

3. Sarah Kirk 3:23.59

4. Megan Knez 3:39.95

50-meter freestyle

1. Emma Lichtenfels 33.33

2. Mary Penner 34.92

3. Kathrine Cork 35.74

6. Tatiana Dulmaine 40.34

1-meter diving

1. Genna Bradley 183.50

100-meter butterfly

1. Cameo Wilson 1:34.61

100-meter freestyle

1. Danielle Brockman 1:17.23

2. Mary Penner 1:17.62

3. Kathrine Cork 1:21.74

7. Tatiana Dulmaine 1:35.32

400-meter freestyle

1. Katherine Dodd 5:54.45

200-meter freestyle relay

1. MCHS (Cork, Kirk, Lichtenfels, Wilson) 2:21.54

100-meter backstroke

2. Danielle Brockman 1:29.35

100-meter breaststroke

2. Megan Knez 1:39.28

3. Katherine Dodd 1:40.40

4. Sarah Kirk 1:46.14

400-meter freestyle relay

1. MCHS (Brockman, Knez, Penner, Dodd) 5:45.48

2. MCHS (Kirk, Dulmaine, Cork, Wilson) 5:48.44

— Maybe there's something in the water.

Maybe it's the home crowd, the parents in attendance, or maybe it's just familiarity with the pool. Regardless of the reason, the Moffat County High School girls swim team refuses to lose at home.

The Bulldogs defeated Central/Palisade at MCHS on Saturday, earning its first meet victory of the 2008-09 season.

The victory in the MCHS meter pool was the fifth consecutive home meet win for the Bulldogs, dating back to the 2002-03 season.

MCHS finished with 135 points. The Wardogs totaled 92.

"It's really exhilarating," MCHS coach Meghan Francone said. "It's a great self-esteem builder."

MCHS was bolstered by the return to the pool by Steamboat Springs resident Emma Lichtenfels - who hadn't swam competitively in nearly two years - and dominating performances by the relay teams.

The Bulldogs won nine of the meet's 12 events, cruising to the 43-point victory.

Lichtenfels recorded the lowest time of the day in the 50-meter freestyle, stroking her way to a time of 33.33 seconds, earning eight points for the Bulldogs in her first taste of high school competition.

"It was a lot of fun," the Steamboat Springs High School sophomore said. "I wasn't sure what to expect since it was my first race since knee surgery. It's been a long time."

The Bulldogs cruised to a more than seven-second victory in the meet's first event - the 400-meter medley relay - finishing the four-discipline race in 2:36.12.

Cameo Wilson raced through the 200-meter freestyle, finishing first in 3:01.46, more than 35 seconds faster than the Wardogs second place finisher.

"I was just trying to stay as strong as I could," Wilson said. "I just try to see where my competition is at, and make sure I stay ahead."

Wilson also won the 100-fly, finishing in 1:34.61.

Steamboat Springs resident and MCHS diver Genna Bradley did what she's been doing all year: She won.

Bradley scored 183.50 points in her six dives, many of which were experimental.

The Steamboat Springs High School junior qualified for the state championships in her first meet Dec. 12 in Montrose and used Saturday's event as a trial run for a few new dives.

"Some of my dives I need to change the position, like, to a harder position," Bradley said. "(Saturday) was the first time that I've ever done a reverse 1 1/2 by myself since last year at state. And, I'm trying to get a secret weapon dive for state."

If she continues her success on the board, the secret weapon for Moffat County swimming will prove to be Bradley.

She will compete at a diving-only meet Wednesday in Gunnison.

The Bulldogs follow her south Friday.

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