Bulldogs swim team comes up short in Aspen

Swimming results

Aspen Invite Jan. 23

Aspen Recreational Center, Aspen

Team results:

1. Aspen

2. Moffat County

Individual results

(state qualifying time in parenthesis):

200-yard medley relay (2:05.00)

2. MCHS A (Brockman, Dodd, Lichtenfels, Penner) 2:14.20

4. MCHS B (Cork, Knez, Kirk, Dulmaine) 2:38.49

200-yard freestyle (2:08.80)

1. Emma Lichtenfels 2:35.03

200-yard IM (2:26.00)

3. Katherine Dodd 2:45.69

4. Sarah Kirk 3:01.99

50-yard freestyle (26.60)

3. Megan Knez 30.96

4. Mary Penner 31.25

5. Emma Lichtenfels 31.75

1-meter diving (300)

1. Genna Bradley N/A

100-yard butterfly (1:06.50)

No MCHS competitor

100-yard freestyle (58.30)

2. Danielle Brockman 1:08.14

3. Mary Penner 1:12.55

4. Kathrine Cork 1:13.93

500-yard freestyle (5:48.00)

1. Katherine Dodd 6:31.19

200-yard freestyle relay (1:51.00)

2. MCHS A (Cork, Knez, Dulmaine, Kirk) 2:12.13

100-yard backstroke (1:07.00)

1. Danielle Brockman 1:16.62

100-yard breaststroke (1:15.30)

2. Megan Knez 1:32.44

3. Sarah Kirk 1:33.97

400-yard freestyle relay (4:06.00)

1. MCHS A (Lichtenfels, Brockman, Penner, Dodd) 4:44.11

Diver Genna Bradley might be sitting alone.

The Moffat County High School girls swimming team failed in its bid Saturday in Aspen to qualify any athletes for the state championships.

With two weeks and one meet remaining before regionals, Bradley is the lone MCHS swimmer with a seat reserved on the bus scheduled to leave Feb. 13 for Colorado Springs, site of the season-ending meet.

"The girls had a tough time swimming at over 9,000 feet." Bulldog coach Meghan Francone said. "We have a lot of girls with asthma, so it was really rough on them."

Steamboat Springs resident Emma Lichtenfels, closest to fellow Steamboat resident Bradley in qualifying, had to skip her favorite event, the 100-yard breaststroke, because of the strain it puts on her surgically repaired knee.

"She's not allowed to do breast until Durango," Francone said. "So she will have one shot to make it, and that's at the regional meet in two weeks."

Lichtenfels needs to cut three seconds off her best time in the event to move on.

The remainder of the team isn't as close.

The Bulldogs won four events Saturday in the Aspen Recreational Center, but they finished well behind the state qualifying pace in each.

Lichtenfels finished ahead of the pack in the 200-freestyle, but her time of 2:35.03 is nearly half a minute away from the 2:08.80 needed to advance.

Katherine Dodd placed first in the 500-free (6:31.19), but the MCHS senior still needs to cut more than 40 seconds in the event to move on.

Danielle Brockman won the 100-backstroke in 1:16.62, but fell 10 seconds short of the state qualifying time (1:07.00).

Lichtenfels, Dodd and Brockman teamed up with Mary Penner to win the 400-free relay, but the team's time of 4:44.11 is well behind the 4:06.00 needed to advance.

In fact, the altitude in Aspen didn't prove favorable to the home team either, as both teams failed to send any swimmers to the postseason.

"All the girls know exactly where they need to be," Francone said. "Some of them know that it might be a possibility, others know that they are going to have to meet their other goals."

By other goals, Francone means achieving personal bests.

And as far setting new personal bests, Brockman was on point.

The MCHS senior eclipsed her previous personal best times in the 100-free and the 100-back.

"Danielle was definitely on this week," Francone said. "I'm really proud of what she has done this season."

The team's bright spot, Bradley, did what she's been doing all year.

She won.

"People look at Genna as the underdog because she swims for little old Craig," Francone said. "But, I'll tell you what, she definitely doesn't compete like an underdog."

Moffat County's second-to-last attempt to qualify for state is 9 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Springs.

Notes

Junior Kathrine Cork competed Saturday despite being sick.

"She sucked it up and competed in four events," Francone said.

"If she wouldn't have swam, the relay teams wouldn't have been able to participate. She toughed it out and pulled it together for the team."

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