Bulldog swimmers show strong at Western Slope regional meet
February 6, 2012
The Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team’s top placers from Friday and Saturday’s Western Slope regional meet at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction:
(Name — event — place — time)
• Amy Brodie — 100-yard freestyle — 1 — 55.14
• Amy Brodie — 200-yard freestyle — 5 — 2:08.27
• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 2 — 1:47.17
• Moffat County —200-yard medley relay — 5 — 2:02.04
• Eryn Leonard — 50-yard freestyle — 3 — 26.11
• Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 3 — 1:01.78
— MCHS took sixth out of 11 teams
Meghan Francone said the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team wanted to leave the Western Slope regional meet with the right mind set.
The regional meet, held Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, was the Bulldogs final meet before this weekend's 4A state competition in Thornton.
The Bulldogs' individual leaders — junior Eryn Leonard and Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie — showed no signs of slowing down in their events, with each swimming around their best times of the season.
Brodie took first in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Leonard finished in third place in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
The 200-yard freestyle and medley relays also had strong showings, finishing second and fifth, respectively, to help lead MCHS to a sixth-place finish out of 11 teams.
"The girls did very well," Francone said. "We usually taper off before the regional meet, but we didn't this year. We wanted the girls to have the best opportunity to post their best times."
Brodie will swim the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle at the state meet, and Leonard will compete in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
Both girls will also compete alongside MCHS freshman Laurel Tegtman and Steamboat senior Luci Franklin — who competes for MCHS — in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Francone said it was important for all the state-bound girls to have strong performances in Grand Junction not only to prepare themselves physically, but mentally as well.
"I think the girls' bodies will be physically ready, but they need to feel mentally ready," she said. "They will get rest and get a chance to prepare themselves in the pool, but they needed to have a strong showing against some of the girls they will see at state to know they can compete."
The 200-yard medley relay will also compete at state, but Brodie and Leonard will not be part of the team because they are only allowed to swim in two individual and two relay events, according to Colorado High School Activities Association rules
Francone said Tegtman and Franklin will be on the team and the final two spots will be decided later this week.
The Bulldogs will only practice at home three days this week before heading to Thornton.
Francone said tapering will begin this week, but the degree depends on the swimmer.
"Some girls will need to taper more and some less," she said. "Basically, they need to rebuild their muscles up and make sure their lungs are at max capacity, so we don't want to wear them out."
Come Friday and Saturday, Francone said everyone would be ready to give it their all.
"We have one goal in mind and that is to do well at state," she said. "We are taking half our team, and they are going to be mentally prepared and they will be ready to go."
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