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MCHS girls swim team set sights on league, state

Coach: Outcome in girls’ hands

Joshua Gordon

Moffat County High School swimmer Danielle Knez swims in the MCHS pool during a dual meet earlier this month. Four Moffat County High School girl swimmers ranked in the top 16 of the 10 non-relay events for the Western Slope League meet when the rankings were released Sunday.

With less than two weeks until the Western Slope league meet, the top 16 in each of the 10 non-relay events were released on Sunday.

As the swimming season starts to wind down, Moffat County High School girls swimming team head coach Meghan Francone said she is proud of her team's performance thus far this season.

And, as her team starts to prepare for the league and state meets, Francone said all the girls know what they have to work on.

"Each girl has had their own success and own things they found out they need to work on," Francone said after the team's meet in Grand Junction. "I think each girl knows exactly what part of their stroke they need to change, but it is hard at this point in the season."

Sophomore Eryn Leonard posted times throughout the season to put her in the top 16 of six events — 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.

Steamboat Springs junior Amy Brodie was also in the top 16 of six events — 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.

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Fellow Steamboat junior Luci Franklin ranked in the top 16 in the 500-yard freestyle, and MCHS sophomore Larissa Grammar was second in both the 1-meter diving events.

Heading into the last two meets before the league meet on Feb. 4 and 5, Francone said it is up to the girls if they want to push themselves.

"At this point, some of the girls are willing to change up, and others aren't," she said. "As coaches, we have gone over the strokes and taught the basics, so they have a foundation to build on."

As far as goals go, Francone said the power is in the girls' hands as well.

"Us as coaches, we don't really have goals for the girls because they have their own at this point," she said. "We can only help them attain them by coaching."

The 200-yard medley relay has been the lone relay out of the three that has yet to qualify for the state meet, and Francone said she hopes the girls can accomplish this.

Franklin is also trying to qualify for the backstroke, and Francone said she has come a long way.

"Luci has cut a lot of time off her backstroke, and I am really proud of her because she has been practicing and working hard at it," she said. "She has a few changes she will make to try and get that qualifying time."

The Bulldogs swim team will compete in the Aspen Invitational at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Ranking of the Moffat County High School swimmers in the Western Slope League rankings through Sunday:

50-yard freestyle

(Name – rank – time)

*Eryn Leonard – 3 – 26.16

Amy Brodie – 7 – 26.72

100-yard freestyle

*Eryn Leonard – 2 – 56.96

*Amy Brodie – 6 – 58.08

200-yard freestyle

*Eryn Leonard – 1 – 2:02.00

500-yard freestyle

Amy Brodie – 12 – 6:21.91

Luci Franklin – 13 – 6:23.10

100-yard backstroke

*Eryn Leonard – 6 – 1:06.52

100-yard breaststroke

Amy Brodie – 8 – 1:19.15

100-yard butterfly

*Eryn Leonard – 4 – 1:02.69

*Amy Brodie – 5 – 1:05.00

200-yard individual medley

*Eryn Leonard – 5 – 2:23.48

Amy Brodie – 15 – 2:33.18

1-meter 6 dives

*Larissa Grammar – 2 – 204.95

1-meter 1 dives

*Larissa Grammar – 2 – 324.65

*denotes 4A state-qualifying time

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