Eryn Leonard, a Moffat County High School junior, posted her fourth individual 4A state-qualifying time of the season Saturday in Delta, taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2 minutes and 7.34 seconds. The 200-yard medley relay also qualified for the state meet, coming in under the 2:05 mark needed with a time of 2:04.64.

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Eryn Leonard, a Moffat County High School junior, posted her fourth individual 4A state-qualifying time of the season Saturday in Delta, taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2 minutes and 7.34 seconds. The 200-yard medley relay also qualified for the state meet, coming in under the 2:05 mark needed with a time of 2:04.64.

MCHS swim team posts two more state-qualifying times in Delta

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Top individual finishers from the MCHS girls varsity swimming team’s meet Friday in Gunnison:

(Name — event — place — time)

• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 1 — 2:06.18

• Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 1 — 4:18.18

• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 1 — 2:03.87

• Eryn Leonard — 200-yard freestyle — 1 — 2:10.96

• Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 1 — 1:03.3

• Amy Brodie — 100-yard freestyle — 1 — 56.44

• Amy Brodie — 100-yard backstroke — 1 — 1:05.85

• Laurel Tegtman — 200-yard individual medley — 1 — 2:47.12

• Laurel Tegtman — 100-yard breaststroke — 2 — 1:23.35

• Hannah Kirk — 50-yard freestyle — 3 — 29.47

Top individual finishers from the MCHS girls varsity swimming team’s meet Saturday in Delta:

• Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 1 — 4:06.83

• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 2 — 2:04.64*

• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 4 ¬— 2:06.59

• Eryn Leonard — 200-yard freestyle — 1 — 2:07.34*

• Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 1 — 1:02.78

• Amy Brodie — 100-yard freestyle — 1 — 57.04

• Amy Brodie — 100-yard backstroke — 3 — 1:06.09

• Luci Franklin — 500-yard freestyle — 2 — 6:21.11

• Laurel Tegtman — 100-yard breaststroke — 4 — 1:24.83

• Adrienne Wix — 200-yard individual medley — 5 — 2:54.58

  • Class 4A state-qualifying time

Saturday was the second consecutive day of competition for the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team.

The Bulldogs competed Friday in Gunnison before traveling to Delta for a Saturday morning meet.

Head coach Meghan Francone said any coach would say the second day of a two-day competition schedule is always the toughest.

The Bulldog swimmers, however, proved the theory isn’t always necessarily so.

The 200-yard medley relay posted a 4A state-qualifying time in the first event in Delta, coming in at 2 minutes and 4.64 seconds, just under the 2:05 mark needed.

In the next event, junior Eryn Leonard took first place in the 200-yard freestyle while also posting a state-qualifying mark, her fourth individual qualifying time of the season.

Leonard came in just under the 2:08 qualifying time with an official time of 2:07.34.

“We didn’t get to our hotel in Delta until about 11 p.m. Friday and had to be up really early to warm-up for the meet,” Francone said. “I was proud to see the girls overcome so many barriers with being tired and not being able to warm-up properly. Swimming is 90 percent mental, and the girls overcame that Saturday.”

On Friday in Gunnison, the 200-yard medley relay took first with a time of 2:06.18.

Francone said her and fellow coach Anita Reynolds knew the four girls swimming were the relay’s best bet of posting a qualifying time.

So, the coaches moved freshman Laurel Tegtman to the breaststroke and Steamboat Springs senior Luci Franklin to the freestyle stroke Saturday.

“We missed the state time by one second on Friday, but we knew the four girls we had were the four swimmers who were most on at this point in the season,” Francone said. “Both Laurel and Luci did phenomenal in their new strokes and it all worked.”

Leonard and Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie rounded out the relay.

Francone said posting a state-qualifying time in the first event of the meet set the tone for the rest of the events, including Leonard’s 200-yard freestyle.

“The (200-yard medley) relay really got the ball rolling for everyone else,” she said. “Leonard is so reliable and when a race is important, she puts everything she has into it. Some girls have good days and bad days, but Leonard is 100 percent reliable to have a big race.”

Francone said the team moral was at a season high heading into Friday and Saturday’s meets, with every girl pulling for each other.

However, she said the relays are not set for state and every girl still has a chance to make the state team.

“We are going to take the four fastest girls in each stroke,” Francone said. “We are deep in the breast, back and freestyle strokes, which makes a well-rounded team. We are going to have some positive competition the rest of the season and that will only make us better.”

The Bulldogs compete at 11 a.m. Saturday in their only home meet of the season at MCHS.

Francone said the home meet would allow the community and school to see how good the MCHS team is.

“We travel so much and the parents and fans can’t always make it, so we will love being in front of them,” she said. “Our girls are definitely not mediocre and teams need to be prepared for us.”

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