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Girls swim heads

The Moffat County High School girls swimmers will open the season and dive into action during the Montrose Relays Saturday in Montrose.

The Relays is a tournament where swimmers can relax and enjoy themselves before getting into serious competitions.

“This event is where swimmers can have some fun and relax and not worry about individual time pressures,” Head Coach Ed Stehlin said.

This will be large event with all 10 Western Slope teams participating.

There will be plenty of strong teams swimming this year, like Grand Junction, Durango and Montrose, Stehlin said.

“The girls placed second last year,” he added. “But we had eight good senior swimmers last season. I’m not making any predictions this weekend, but we have the numbers and we’re a young team, so anything could happen.

“We will do really well,” senior Meagan Ellgen said, “We have some good swimmers this season.”

“Hopefully a lot better than last year,” senior swimmer Melissa Cromer said.

This competition will give coaches and teams time to determine who are

the teams to beat this year and have individuals work on their skills.

“I want the girls to focus on the fundamentals of their swim strokes, block starts and flip turns, and not to worry about their times,” Stehlin said.

The Lady ‘Dogs have been focusing on swim mechanics for a couple of weeks, Stehlin said.

“We swim about 3,000 meters a day and have been working on our strokes,” Cromer said.

“We have been working hard in practice and developing our stroke skills, Ellgen said.

The teams will participate in 12 different relays such as the 4xlOO medley, 4xlOO free style and other individual stroke relays like back, breast and butterfly strokes.

“I want swimmers who’ve never been in the water during a competition to get experience,” Stehlin said.

After competing in Montrose, the ‘Dogs’ next meet is at the Moffat County High School swim pool at 11:00 against Glenwood Spring, Dec. 9.