Swimming in the middle of winter, especially while on break from school and practice, takes dedication and commitment.
At times it can be difficult to convince yourself to keep working while on vacation. But that’s what the Moffat County girls swimmers had to do in order to stay in the hunt for the state meet.
The Bulldogs spent two weeks apart due to Colorado High School Activities Association rules, but returned to the MCHS pool last week to prepare for their first meet of 2013. That will be Moffat County’s lone home competition of the season, a tri-meet between the Bulldogs, Aspen and Delta High Schools beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Head coach Meghan Francone said it will be a showcase for plenty of good swimmers, despite the lower number of teams in attendance.
“We expect good competition,” she said. “Both teams will bring excellent athletes.”
The Bulldogs are already at the midway point of their season, meaning chances to get a state qualifying time are getting scarce. Francone said it is important that they stayed in shape over break, and get back into the swing of swimming tough right away to maximize those chances.
“We expected the girls will do the best they can over those two weeks, whether on dryland or in a pool,” she said. “If your season is only three months, you can’t start over halfway through.”
To help their cause, during the first week back at practice, some of Moffat County’s best-ever swimmers, Caitlin and Kelsey Conci, came to two practices. Both successful swimmers at the collegiate level, the Concis provided some pointers and a different perspective than the MCHS coaches, something Francone said was valuable.
“They gave up the short amount of time with their family to share their wealth of knowledge with the girls,” she said. “The girls appreciated it and they’re hoping they can apply some of the things they learned to the races.”
Francone said she hopes despite swimming’s lower status among the spectator sports, the community will come out and support their swimmers and enjoy part of a big day of sports at the high school.
“Our girls work just as hard if not harder than all the other sports,” she said. “It takes a lot of time to travel, a lot of dedication and it would be nice to have some support from the community.”
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