Girls varsity swim team moves closer to state

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— With only one race remaining until the Feb. 12 state swim meet, the Moffat County High School girls varsity swim team is trying to add to its state-bound roster.

The team will try to cut down on its times when it swims Friday at the League Championships in Grand Junction.

“We will be swimming for the first time ever at Mesa State,” coach Meghan Francone said. “This will be our first time seeing this water, and I hear it is fast.

“I’m excited because our medley relay is extremely close, so hopefully the excitement and fast water will be just what we need to put us over, or put us under the time.”

Eryn Leonard (100-meter butterfly) and Genna Bradley (diving) have both qualified for state.

The 200-meter medley relay team of Hannah Kirk, Tasha Romney, Leonard and Mary Penner finished the Jan. 29 Delta meet with a time of 2:08.25, which is just three seconds off the qualifying time.

“We’re so close,” Francone said. “We’ll really be pushing this weekend. It’s an important meet. This week in practice will be polishing what we have.”

It wasn’t just the relay team that impressed in Delta, Francone said.

“The girls did extremely well last weekend,” she said.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Leonard finished with a time of 2:06.34, Romney finished at 2:14.50 and Tatianna Dulmaine finished at 2:31.41.

Kirk had a time of 2:46.25 in the 200-yard individual medley and a time of 1:18.54 in the 100-yard butterfly.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Penner finished in 28.50 (less than two seconds from qualifying), Jessica Prather finished with a time of 37.34 and Riley Johnston finished in 45.07.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Penner finish in 1:04.19, Hannah Cordes finished in 1:14.96 and Marlee Chacon finished in 1:11.66.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cordes, Prather, Dulmaine and Chacon finished in 2:16.43.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Leonard finished in 1:20.84, Chacon finished in 1:30.04 and Johnston finished in 1:58.58.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Penner, Kirk, Romney and Leonard finished with a time of 4:20.58.

For the 100-yard backstroke, Cordes finished with a time of 1:23.50, Dulmaine finished at 1:34.28 and Prather finished in 1:51.92.

In diving, Bradley finished with 219 points, and Larissa Grammer finished with 193.15 points.

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