MCHS swim coach pleased with her team’s state performance

Final results from the Moffat County High School varsity swimming team’s performance at the 4A state swimming championships in Loveland:

(Name — event — place — time)

*Amy Brodie — 50-yard freestyle — 9 — 25.39

Amy Brodie — 100-yard butterfly — 22 — 1:05.34

Larissa Grammer — 1-meter diving — 21 — 131.20

*Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 16 — 1:03.22

*Eryn Leonard — 100-yard freestyle — 16 — 56.92

Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 23 — 1:49.54

Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 21 — 4:01.13

*— Indicates swimmer’s time and place in finals

Diver Larissa Grammer, a Moffat County High School sophomore, was impressed by the talent at the 4A state swimming championships at Mountain View High School in Loveland.

“I’m sitting there going, ‘I know I can’t swim, but that’s insane, how do they pull that off?’” Grammer said. “On the Western Slope, we don’t see a lot of that competition.”

As expected, the competition proved tough for the Bulldogs, who were unable to win a state championship, but were still pleased with the overall results.

“State champs or not, they gave it their all,” MCHS coach Meghan Francone said. “They really have come so far this year that they can’t look down on themselves for not being a state champ.”

The top finisher for the Bulldogs was Steamboat Springs junior Amy Brodie, who finished ninth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Her time of 25.39 seconds would have placed her sixth except her qualifying time limited her to the consolation heat. In qualifying, she posted a time of 25.66, just behind the final qualifier for the championship heat.

“Once you place in those consolations, you can’t move up into the top eight,” Francone said.

MCHS sophomore Eryn Leonard was making her second appearance at the state meet and had a goal of making it to the finals in her events, which she accomplished as a solo swimmer.

She finished 16th in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events.

“It was better than last year, that’s for sure,” Leonard said of her performance.

Her time in the 100-yard butterfly was 1:03.22, just behind D’Evelyn’s Brenna Bushey.

Green Mountain’s Mackenzie Stein won the race with a 4A state record time of 55.64 seconds.

Leonard finished the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.92 seconds, just over four seconds behind Montrose’s Emily Stucky.

On the board, Grammer scored 131.20 points, and missed qualifying. She finished 21st.

Both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams narrowly missed the cut for qualifying.

The 200-yard relay team — Luci Franklin, Brodie, Leonard, and Mary Penner — had a time of 1:49.54 in the prelims, and missed qualifying for the finals by just over a second.

The 400-yard relay team had the same girls and finished the prelims in 4:01.13, missing the cut by just under two seconds.

Francone said all the girls on the relay teams gave it their best effort, but some of them struggled with their times.

“On a relay team, you all have to be on at the same time,” Francone said. “You just have to all be together. If one thing is off — if one girl is off, if one turn is off, if one start is off — it throws things off a little bit.”

Leonard said the state meet gave her perspective on how much the team can improve for next season.

“Last year, I didn’t even make it in the finals, wasn’t even close,” she said. “This year, I made it to the finals. I’m pretty sure next year we’re going to do so much better as a team at state and at regionals.

“It’s going to be great.”

Scott Schlaufman can be reached at 875-1792 or sschlaufman@craigdailypress.com.

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