Eryn Leonard, right, a Moffat County High School senior, leads the way during the 100-meter butterfly event Saturday against Delta at MCHS. Leonard swam her way to one of 10 first-place finishes for the MCHS girls varsity swimming team en route to a 633-527 victory.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Eryn Leonard, right, a Moffat County High School senior, leads the way during the 100-meter butterfly event Saturday against Delta at MCHS. Leonard swam her way to one of 10 first-place finishes for the MCHS girls varsity swimming team en route to a 633-527 victory.

Bulldog swimmers dominate in home meet

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

(Name — event — place — time)

• Moffat County — 200-meter medley relay — 1 — 2:19.5*

• Moffat County — 200-meter freestyle relay — 1 — 2:18.84

• Moffat County — 400-meter freestyle relay — 1 — 4:34.28

• Amy Brodie — 200-meter freestyle — 1 — 2:25.13

• Amy Brodie — 100-meter freestyle — 1 — 1:02.59*

• Laurel Tegtman — 200-meter individual medley — 1 — 3:06.62

• Danielle Knez — 50-meter freestyle — 1 — 35.34

• Eryn Leonard — 100-meter butterfly — 1 — 1:09.64*

• Eryn Leonard — 400-meter freestyle — 1 — 5:08.09

• Luci Franklin — 100-meter backstroke — 1 — 1:18.16

• Adrienne Wix — 100-meter breaststroke — 2 — 1:37.75

— MCHS won the dual meet, 633-527

* State qualifying time

The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team didn’t waste the only opportunity to swim in front of a home crowd.

The Bulldogs competed against Delta in a dual meet Saturday at MCHS, the team’s lone home meet of the 2011-12 season.

MCHS took first place in every event except one — the 100-meter breaststroke — en route to a 633-537 victory.

“We swam well,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “This is the only pool this season we swim in that is a meter pool, so the girls did a great job on their starts, streamlines and wall turns.

“They cleaned up what they needed to and applied what we had worked on in practice all week and it was exciting to see.”

The 200-meter medley relay and the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays dominated the Delta relay teams, winning by more than 10 seconds in each relay.

Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie, who swims for the Bulldogs, won the 100- and 200-meter freestyle races, posting a 4A state-qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle with a 1 minute, 9.64 second finish.

Fellow Steamboat senior Luci Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:18.16.

MCHS junior Eryn Leonard posted a state-qualifying time once again in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing in 1:09.64.

Senior Danielle Knez and freshman Laurel Tegtman took first in the 50-meter freestyle and the 200-meter individual medley, respectively.

Coach Anita Reynolds said competing in a meet with only two teams means less waiting time between events and less time to recover.

“The meet goes by really fast and the events just keep coming for the girls,” Reynolds said. “We have to make sure we have girls down at the end of the lane so they can cheer on their teammates and encourage them to keep going.”

Francone said the smaller meet also means less competition.

Leonard took first place in the 400-meter freestyle race, but was the only swimmer competing in the event.

“Leonard is definitely one of those swimmers who is a mental swimmer and needs the girls next to her to keep pushing, but (Saturday) she did it all on her own,” Francone said. “It comes down to what the girls can get out of themselves.”

Francone said with all the team’s meets on the road, the girls don’t get to compete in front of their parents and fans often.

Saturday, however, was a great chance to show what the team can do this season, she said.

“We have great parents and supporters,” Francone said. “We are grateful for when they can come to our meets on the road and we love the chance to compete in front of our fans at home.”

The Bulldogs get back in the pool Friday and Saturday for the Jeffco Invitational in Denver.

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