MCHS swimmers readying for state meet
February 9, 2011
Top Moffat County High School girls swimming team finishers from the Western Slope League meet Feb. 4:
(Name — event — place — time)
Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 15 — 2:37.41
Mary Penner — 200-yard freestyle — 15 — 2:23.74
Amy Brodie — 50-yard freestyle — 2 — 25.76
Luci Franklin — 50-yard freestyle — 12 — 28.15
Larissa Grammer — 1-meter diving — 3 — 315.10
Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 2 — 1:01.56
Amy Brodie — 100-yard butterfly — 3 — 1:03.36
Eryn Leonard — 100-yard freestyle — 3 — 56.81
Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 3 — 1:46.94
Luci Franklin — 100-yard backstroke — 6 — 1:08.66
Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 3 — 3:58.72
— MCHS finished sixth out of 11 teams
Moffat County High School girls swimming team 4A state qualifiers for the Feb. 11 and 12 state meet in Loveland:
(Name — event — rank — time)
Eryn Leonard — 100-yard butterfly — 16 — 1:01.56
Eryn Leonard — 100-yard freestyle — 17 — 55.73
Amy Brodie — 100-yard butterfly — 24 — 1:02.81
Amy Brodie — 50-yard freestyle — 20 — 25.76
Larissa Grammer — 1-meter diving — 18 — 324.65
Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 13 — 1:46.94
Moffat County — 400-yard freestyle relay — 22T — 3:58.72
Heading into the 4A state swimming meet Friday and Saturday in Loveland, Moffat County High School girls varsity swimming coach Meghan Francone wants her girls to be at the top of their game.
Francone thinks her team is ready to compete after strong showings at the Western Slope League meet Feb. 4 and 5.
"Overall, we had some great swims at the league meet," she said. "The girls are peaking right before state, so it should be fun."
The Bulldogs placed in the top 16 in nine out of the 12 events in the meet.
Senior Mary Penner took 15th in the 200-yard freestyle and swam on the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which both finished third.
Sophomore Eryn Leonard and Steamboat Springs juniors Amy Brodie and Luci Franklin also swam on the relay teams and placed in two individual events each.
The 200-yard medley relay also placed 15th while sophomore diver Larissa Grammer took third in the 1-meter dive.
Brodie and Franklin both swam in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing second and 13th respectively, and both took time off.
"Luci (Franklin) took an entire second off her 50-yard freestyle, which is really good," Francone said. "It is huge to take any time off that race."
The 400-freestyle relay team took five seconds off their time, coach Anita Reynolds said, which will help in their seeding at state.
"Taking off five seconds will be huge when they get seeded (at state)," she said. "It could save them two or three heats."
Coming into the league meet, the Bulldogs were ranked last out of the 11 teams.
The strong performances added up to a sixth-place overall finish for MCHS.
"We couldn't have asked for a better performance," Francone said. "Earlier, in big meets, the girls were a little shy and a little scared, but they swam great."
Five swimmers will compete in the state meet this weekend — Penner, Brodie, Franklin, Leonard and Grammer.
Brodie will swim the 100-yard butterfly, the 50-yard freestyle, and the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Leonard will compete in the 100-yard freestyle and butterfly races, as well as the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Penner and Franklin will round out both relays.
Grammer will take part in the 1-meter diving competition.
Reynolds said she wants her team to live up to their qualifying times.
"We want the girls to do well and meet or exceed their qualifying times," she said. "They will have to work on the mental and physical parts of their swims this week."
With about 50 swimmers in each event, the top 16 from the prelims on Friday will return to compete in the finals Saturday.
Reynolds and Francone said they want to see all their girls compete on Saturday.
"The girls have some good ranks and they have worked hard getting to this point," Francone said.
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