Take in the Moffat County swim meet as Craig winter sports get started

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Nate Waggenspack

The Moffat County girls swimming team will host a home swim meet Saturday, with swimmers from Delta, Palisade and Central High School in Grand Junction attending. This will be the first home sporting event of the winter sports season, and the only home event for another two weeks.

Perhaps this isn’t exciting for lots of people, because like many other small sports, swimming is a sport that has little understanding outside of its athletes and coaches, and therefore little following. And at this weekend’s event, there may not be a Michael Phelps against Milorad Cavic or Jason Lezak against Alain Bernard from the 2008 Olympics (go watch those on YouTube, even if you did yesterday. You can’t beat that in sports), it’s still an awesome opportunity to support some Bulldogs and maybe see something you haven’t before. Here are the best reasons to come.

  1. Watching real swimming fans cheer the butterfly and breast stroke is great. Both feature athletes raising their heads out of the water between strokes, while it mostly is submerged otherwise. So to make sure they can be heard, teammates will wait for their heads to come out of the water and then cheer. Over and over again, it’s, “Go! ... Go!” If nothing else, you’ll enjoy participating in that rhythmic cheering, which is totally unique in sports.
  2. It’s one of just two chances to see this team swim until next year. The Bulldogs don’t have a 16-game season that’s split between home and away meets. This could be your last chance to watch the seniors swim, and it may be your only chance to see what Moffat County swimming is all about. That’s an opportunity that should always be utilized.
  3. High school swim meets don’t take long. Every meet I’ve attended has been run efficiently and finished quickly. So you’re not signing away your Saturday by coming. What are you going to do that’s worthwhile between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., anyway? The big college football games don’t start till later in the day.
  4. It’s cold outside and the Moffat County pool is among the hottest places on the planet. Saturday actually is projected to be the warmest day of the weekend, but Craig still will spend a significant portion of the day below zero. The room where the pool resides at MCHS is a couple steps shy of being a giant sauna. So there’s no need hang out in your house and pretend you’re warm by putting on a sweater. If you bring a sweater to the pool, you’ll be sweating in short order. Hang out in a T-shirt and shorts for a couple hours. It’s a nice change of pace.

There you have it, a reason for everybody in the family to attend. I hope to see you there.

Nate Waggenspack was pretty skippy in the ole butterfly back in the day. Contact him at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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