Danielle Brockman makes a turn during Craig Sea Sharks practice Wednesday morning at the Craig Swimming Complex. The Sea Sharks will host their lone home meet, the ABC Meet, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the pool.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Danielle Brockman makes a turn during Craig Sea Sharks practice Wednesday morning at the Craig Swimming Complex. The Sea Sharks will host their lone home meet, the ABC Meet, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the pool.

Craig Sea Sharks come back from Delta to host lone home meet

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Sea Shark Marlee Chacon practices her breaststroke Wednesday morning at the Craig Swimming Complex. More than 200 swimmers are expected to fill the pool for the upcoming three-day home meet.

Results

Craig Sea Sharks results from July 4 and 5 meet in Delta

(name, event, time, place)

• Marlee Chacon, 50-yard freestyle, 37.55, 15, 200-yard breaststroke, 3:21.66, 2, 100-yard backstroke, 1:46.72, 4

• Katherine Dodd, 50-yard freestyle, 29.66, 3, 100-yard freestyle, 1:04.84, 3, 200-yard breaststroke, 3:02.07, 2, 500-yard freestyle, 6:16.86, 2, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:26.03, 4, 100-yard butterfly, 1:16.05, 2

• Matt Hulstine, 100-yard freestyle, 1:00.66, 6, 200-yard breaststroke, 2:39.55, 3, 200-yard butterfly, 2:40.05, 1, 100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.67, 3, 100-yard butterfly, 1:11.68, 3

• Jaci McDiffett, 50-yard freestyle, 44.36, 23, 50-yard backstroke, 53.33, 4

• Kelsey McDiffett, 25-yard freestyle, 41.41, 4, 25-yard backstroke, 40.70, 5

Team rankings from July 4 and 5 swim meet in Delta

(team, score)

1. Delta Barracudas, 1876.5

2. Rangely Hurricanes, 1078

3. Gunnison Stingrays, 1019

4. Montrose Marlins, 905

5. Cortez Leopard Sharks, 568.5

6. Craig Sea Sharks, 274

7. Grand Valley Wave, 108

— After a month and a half of slogging through the Western Slope, the Craig Sea Sharks will have a swimming frenzy in their own water.

The Sea Sharks will host the ABC Meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Craig Swimming Complex.

The three-day meet is the only one in Craig during the summer.

Coach Caitlin Conci said the meet would bring out more swimmers than usual because there isn't a trek involved.

"Its nice not having to drive three or whatever hours to a meet," she said. "I'll just really enjoy being home."

Steamboat Springs is expected to bring more than 100 swimmers, Conci said.

In addition to Steamboat Springs, teams from Rangely, Platte Canyon, Ouray and Delta will come to Craig.

More than 200 swimmers will fill the pool during the weekend, including more than 30 from Craig.

Conci said the previous high number for a meet was 12 swimmers but having a home meet brings out all the Sharks.

"This is called the 'Last Chance Meet,' because it's the last chance to qualify for the Western Slopes," Conci said. "A lot of the team has already qualified for the Western Slopes, which is next weekend.

"After that, there are two state meets, and a little less of the kids have qualified for that. So, this will be a lot of the kids' last meet."

On July 4 and 5, the Sea Sharks traveled to Delta for a matchup with the Delta Barracudas.

Marlee Chacon had a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Katherine Dodd was Craig's busiest swimmer, competing in six events. She finished third in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and second in the 200-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

She also had a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Matt Hulstine wasn't far behind Dodd in terms of events.

He finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly.

He netted Craig's lone first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Hulstine also had a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.

Jaci McDiffett had a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke, and Kelsey McDiffett had a fourth-place finish in the 25-yard freestyle and a fifth-place finish in the 25-yard backstroke.

"Everyone has been swimming really great," Conci said. "In Delta, only five kids went. For Jaci and Kelsey McDiffett it was their first meet of the season, and they both swam really well."

It wasn't just the McDiffetts who swam well in Delta, Conci said.

"The other three kids had their best time in at least one event," she said. "At all of the meets we've been to so far, we've had someone have a best time in at least one event."

The swim meet will start at 9:45 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. All afternoon sessions start at 1:15 p.m. The Swimming Complex is located at 605 Washington St., and admission is free.

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