Bulldogs splash into season
The Moffat County High School varsity girls swim team is only home twice this season and the first time is at 11 a.m. Saturday when swimmers start the year at the high school pool.
Teams the Bulldogs will swim against are Grand Junction Central, Palisade and Delta.
“We look really good in practice,” said Bulldogs coach Ed Stehlin. “This weekend will be a gauge to see where everybody is at. The girls have goals set for the season and after Saturday they will know what it will take to get there.”
Stehlin is unsure of the competition Saturday.
“I have no idea what the three teams are going to have,” said Stehlin. “I am fairly sure that those teams will not have the numbers we have. I don’t know if we are going to have a double dual or a triangular. I am going to leave that up to the other teams. We really won’t know what we are going to do until Saturday.”
With 29 swimmers on the team, Stehlin believes the Bulldogs will attract a big crowd.
“The nice thing is having a home meet,” said Stehlin. “I think that we will have a good group of fans with the numbers we have. We should have a good showing which would be nice.”
According to Stehlin, the Bulldogs will use the first meet as a measuring stick.
“I have told the kids that I don’t care how fast they swim in the first meet,” said Stehlin. “What I am looking at is for them to do things that are right like good starts good turns and all the stuff that we have been talking about the last two weeks.”
“I don’t want them to look at the clock or worry about beating the person that is next to them,” said Stehlin. “Hopefully, that won’t be one of their main concerns. I am more concerned about doing things that are right. If they do things correctly then the fast swims are going to come. Then we will go from there.”
As someone who’s achieved the top prize in past years, Matt Ounsworth was more than willing to accept runner-up in this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.