Bulldogs post six state-qualifying times in Montrose
December 20, 2011
Top individual finishers from the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team’s meet Friday and Saturday in Montrose:
(Name — event — place — time)
• Amy Brodie — 100-yard freestyle — 1 — 58.12
• Amy Brodie — 50-yard freestyle — 2 — 26.26*
• Amy Brodie — 100-yard backstroke — 3 — 1:06.57*
• Amy Brodie — 50-yard backstroke — 3 — 30.28
• Eryn Leonard — 200-yard individual medley — 2 — 2:24.7*
• Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 2 — 1:04.35*
• Eryn Leonard — 200-yard butterfly — 2 — 2:34.34
• Eryn Leonard — 400-yard individual medley — 4 — 5:17.4
• Luci Franklin — 1,000-yard freestyle — 3 — 12:51.84
• Luci Franklin — 100-yard backstroke — 8 — 1:09.63
• Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 4 — 4:04.17*
• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 4 — 1:49.75*
• Moffat County — 400-yard medley relay — 5 — 4:44.01
• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 6 — 2:05.81
• Adrienne Wix — 50-yard butterfly — 8 — 33.17
• Adrienne Wix — 100-yard individual medley — 10 — 1:18.15
• Hannah Kirk — 50-yard backstroke — 10 — 34.8
• Micah Espinosa — 50-yard breaststroke — 10 — 40.05
— MCHS finished in fifth place out of 11 teams
- Class 4A state qualifying time
Meghan Francone said she was hoping for a strong meet before the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team headed into holiday break.
On Friday and Saturday in Montrose, the Bulldogs swam six Class 4A state qualifying times, including two relays, en route to a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams.
Junior Eryn Leonard swam qualifying times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly for the second time this season while Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie posted qualifying times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
The 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays also swam state qualifying times of 1 minute, 49.75 seconds and 4:04.17, respectively, in fourth-place finishes.
"The two relays were expected and we were hoping to get all three relays qualified," said Francone, the Bulldogs head coach. "We have three girls returning from the state teams last season and just one new swimmer.
"We are deep in the freestyle and we can keep switching it up to get the fastest team out in the water."
Leonard and Brodie along with Steamboat Springs senior Luci Franklin and Meeker senior Adrienne Wix competed on both relay teams.
Leonard, Brodie and Franklin are the three returning swimmers from last year's state-qualifying teams.
Francone said having multiple girls able to compete for the final spot on both relays helps the team as a whole.
"With the depth we have, we can compete against ourselves," she said. "The girls are aware of what their teammates are doing and it is healthy competition, so they cheer for each other, but it keeps them on their toes and they know they have to perform their best every time."
But, Francone said having the experience of Leonard, Brodie and Franklin is just as crucial to the team's success.
"Swimming is 90-percent mental and 10-percent physical," she said. "Girls like Leonard are big mental swimmers, and they can't psych themselves out, so having the experience from the big meets makes them and their teammates less anxious."
The 200-yard medley relay was less than a second from qualifying for state with a time of 2:05.81. The qualifying time is 2:05.
Brodie was on the other side of the qualifying time, but just barely.
The senior swam 26.26 in the 50-yard freestyle, coming in just under the qualifying time of 26.6.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Brodie swam 1:06.57, beating the 1:06.8 qualifying mark.
"Brodie has amazing raw talent and is a phenomenal athlete," Francone said. "Our expectations of her are high all the time because we know what she can do, and she puts the work in during practice with every drill we do."
Leonard and Brodie are the only individuals to qualify for state through the first three meets, but Francone said she expects more to join them by the time the state meet rolls around in February.
The Bulldogs have three weeks of practice before their next meet Jan. 5 in Gunnison.
Francone said she wants the team to keep working hard to improve.
"The endurance and anaerobic training we have done can be easily lost if we don't keep going at it," she said. "With each girl, we want to work on the main spots like flip turns, but we also want to hit each girls' individual need so everyone can keep dropping time."