Craig Sea Sharks host home meet this weekend |

Craig Sea Sharks host home meet this weekend

Nate Waggenspack

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Craig Seasharks ABC Open Schedule

Saturday morning 9 a.m.

8 and under, 9 to 10, 13 to 14 age groups

Saturday afternoon 1 p.m.

11to 12, 15 and over age groups

Saturday evening 4 p.m.

All age groups 1,500 freestyle

Sunday morning 9 a.m.

8 and under, 9 to 10, 13 to 14 age groups

Sunday afternoon 1 p.m.

11to 12, 15 and over age groups

With the summer swimming season still young, the Craig Sea Sharks are ready to show what their month of hard work so far has done.

The youth swimming team hosts the annual Craig ABC Open this weekend, bringing nine other teams to the Craig Swimming Complex to compete Saturday and Sunday. The Craig meet is typically later in the summer, but was scheduled earlier this year to avoid conflicts with other Western Slope meets and attract more teams. The idea worked, as 176 swimmers have over 1,000 entries in the meet, according to meet director James Neton, making it slightly larger than last year.

“He has gone above and beyond his duties as meet director and he’s really worked hard at recruiting and getting teams here,” said coach Meghan Francone of Neton. “We’re excited to draw a bunch of swimmers here.”

For Sea Sharks who’ve swam at each meet so far, the ABC will be their third competition of the season. For others who haven’t traveled however, this is the first.

“Each of our individual swimmers have their own goals,” Francone said. “They range from getting a good dive off the blocks under pressure, to swimming state-qualifying times.”

For those that have been swimming in each meet this season, Francone has been excited about the results so far. They’ve been at the Jeffco Hurricanes Summer Open and the Douglas Jackalope Decathlon in Douglas, Wyoming, and have seen marked improvement already. Now they look to be even faster in their home pool.

“Our pool’s a pretty fast pool so I’m excited to have some of the kids hit fast times early in the season, and then maybe be able to break those times since there’s still so much time left,” Francone said. “Our kids have worked hard, we really want to encourage people to come out and see what swimming is all about.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports .

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