Kelly Knez does a backstroke drill at the Moffat County High School pool Wednesday. The Bulldogs have two meets this weekend, first in Summit County and then in Thornton, as they resume activities for the 2014 season.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Kelly Knez does a backstroke drill at the Moffat County High School pool Wednesday. The Bulldogs have two meets this weekend, first in Summit County and then in Thornton, as they resume activities for the 2014 season.

Moffat County swimming looks to make a splash at big meets

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With just more than a month until the state meet, the Moffat County girls swimming team is ready to dive into the stretch run of its season.

That starts this weekend, when the Bulldogs travel to two of their bigger meets this season, at Summit and then at the Mustang Invitational in Westminster.

When combined with the two-day Jefferson County meet coming the following weekend, it makes for an important few weeks for the team.

“The next two weekends are our biggest weekends of the season until regionals and state, obviously,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “We’ll see Front Range (swimmers) for the first time this year. For some of our girls, it will be their first time seeing Front Range, and I think it will be eye-opening for them.”

The Mustang and JeffCo meets are especially large, which means the Bulldogs will swim against some of the fastest competition they’ve seen all season. Fortunately, Francone said, most of the Moffat swimmers trained through break, so they aren’t starting again in practice now.

“Most of our girls were never out of the water except for the mandated CHSAA days,” she said. “I don’t think we lost too much of our base.”

The team, which doesn’t have an individual or relay to meet a state-qualifying standard yet, is keeping its options open. Every swimmer still is working on all four strokes instead of focusing on one or two, to allow for mixing and matching with their placement in events and relays.

In the meantime, qualifying goals remain the same, and the upcoming meets will present a good opportunity to drop times.

With fast competition throughout the pool around them, Bulldogs will have a chance to swim their best as well.

“It’s different for each swimmer and in each event,” Francone said of the strategy for dropping the seconds necessary to qualify. “I think for some, it’s just about continuing to work hard on technique and fitness, and some of our girls can be right there if they can get past some of the mental blocks that come with swimming.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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