Eryn Leonard, second from left, signs her letter of intent to swim for Colorado Mesa University next year. The Moffat County High School senior was a state qualifier in two events this past season.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Eryn Leonard, second from left, signs her letter of intent to swim for Colorado Mesa University next year. The Moffat County High School senior was a state qualifier in two events this past season.

MCHS senior Leonard commits to swim at Colorado Mesa University

— Moffat County High School senior Eryn Leonard has signed a letter of intent to swim at Colorado Mesa University next year.

The senior had committed to the Mavericks at the end of the girls high school swimming season in February, but she made it official Wednesday at the MCHS pool.

Leonard was the lone qualifier to the state meet from the girls swim team this year, making it in the 100-meter butterfly and 100 freestyle. In the fly, she swam well enough to make the finals and take eighth place.

Leonard said she is excited to keep swimming at the next level but also is looking forward to so much more.

“I get to start over fresh in another chapter of my life and make it my own,” Leonard said. “I’m really excited to get to go to CMU. I think it’s perfect. I like how the classes are small.”

Leonard said she looked at CMU and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, but Mesa stood out for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest was what she saw of the Mavericks’ swimming program.

“I love their swim team. The coach has great moral standards, and he cares about everything you do,” she said. “He cares about the person, not winning all the time. The team is like a big family, and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”

Leonard will leave behind a major void for the girls swimming program at Moffat County, her coaches said.

“She’s phenomenal, not only this year but in years past,” Meghan Francone said. “I’ve been coaching her for six years, and the growth that she’s made, it’s going to be hard to see her go.”

“Her mental condition is so spot-on,” Anita Reynolds said. “I’ve never seen an athlete, as far as being mentally prepared and focused for her races," like Leonard.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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