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Bulldogs swimmers bring home 4 top-16 finishes at state

Eryn Leonard, a Moffat County High School junior, took 10th place in the 100-yard butterfly Saturday during the 4A state swim meet in Thornton. The MCHS girls varsity swimming team placed in the top-16 in four events, including a fifth-place finish from Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie in the 100-yard freestyle.

Results …

Results from the Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming team’s performance Friday and Saturday in the 4A state swim meet in Thornton:

(Name — event — place — time)

• Amy Brodie — 100-yard freestyle — 5 — 53.98*

• Amy Brodie — 50-yard freestyle — 12 — 25.22*

• Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 10 — 1:00.92*

• Eryn Leonard — 50-yard freestyle — 29 — 26.17

• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 11 — 1:45.84*

• Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 21 — 3:58.35

• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 31 — 2:12.56

  • Swam in event finals

Eryn Leonard said her performance at the 4A state swimming finals Friday and Saturday in Thornton was "pretty average."

Leonard's average, however, was enough to earn her a top-10 finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a new school record.

The Moffat County High School junior swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, .92 seconds, to finish in 10th place and top her own school record.

"Nothing was fantastic but nothing was bad, and I was pretty happy with how I competed," Leonard said Tuesday. "When I began (Friday) I was super nervous, but after that my instincts took over and I just went with it."

Leonard's 10th-place finish was one of four top-16 finishes for the MCHS girls varsity swimming team at the state meet.

Steamboat Springs senior Amy Brodie, who swims for the Bulldogs, took fifth place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.98 seconds, and 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.22 seconds.

The 200-yard freestyle relay, which included Leonard and Brodie as well as MCHS freshman Laurel Tegtman and Steamboat senior Luci Franklin, took 11th place with a time of 1:45.84.

Leonard also swam in the 50-yard freestyle, but didn't qualify to return for the finals.

The junior said she was nervous on the first day, which resulted in her not being on top of her game for the freestyle race.

But when it came time for the 100-yard butterfly, she said she was ready to compete against the best in the state.

"The competition at state definitely makes me better," Leonard said. "I would rather compete against girls who are all really close than in a race where all the times are really different. I had to give it my all in the prelims to make it back for finals and then I pushed myself to get even better in the finals."

Leonard has one more year to better her standings at the state meet, but Brodie swam in her final meet as a high school swimmer.

Bulldogs head coach Meghan Francone said Brodie had been trying to get her time in the 100-yard freestyle down around 53 seconds all season and finally broke through Saturday.

"(Brodie) worked really hard the last couple of weeks on her starts, her streamlines, her timing and her tempo," Francone said. "We knew she was capable of doing it, and she improved so much. The fifth-place finish was great, but she really wanted to get her time."

Francone said Brodie will look to continue her swimming career in college next year. Francone and fellow coach Anita Reynolds have no doubts she will continue to improve.

"Brodie is really looking forward to her next step as a swimmer," Francone said. "We are excited to see where she will go and we know she will continue to get better and have a great future."

The 200-yard freestyle relay team's success, Francone, was due to the connection the swimmers gained throughout the season.

The early part of the year was spent finding the right four girls, but once they were found, Leonard said she, Brodie, Franklin and Tegtman worked great together.

"It was awesome to take 11th and all of us did so good," she said. "Everyone is going to have good starts and good turns because they are at state, but what made the difference was how much heart we put into the race.

"We all had heart."

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