Craig Sea Sharks swim to victory at lone summer home meet
If Micah Espinosa learned anything about competitive swimming during the weekend’s Craig Sea Shark’s ABC Meet, it’s that being in the pool is hard work.
Like almost half of her Sea Sharks team, Micah, 11, was swimming competitively for the first time during the lone home meet of the summer.
“It’s hard, really hard,” she said. “Having to swim and be under pressure.”
All her hard work didn’t go unnoticed, however, as she placed 24th in the 11- to 12-year-old girls C division.
“The best part is getting patted on the back and knowing you accomplished something,” she said.
Micah swims the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.
“I think my favorite is the freestyle,” she said. “I like it because I feel like I’m going really fast.”
Another swimmer who went fast was Katherine Dodd, 18, who swam all three days of the meet.
“It’s been really good,” Dodd said. “Everyone has been swimming really fast.”
Dodd swam the 1500-meter freestyle, the 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke.
“The 200-meter IM has probably been my best,” she said.
Swimming in front of the home crowd has advantages, too.
“In some ways, it’s easier,” Dodd said. “This is where we practice every day, and we don’t have to drive three hours, so I’m not as tired.”
Coach Caitlin Conci is used to swimming in Craig, but not coaching.
The ABC Meet was the former Sea Sharks and Moffat County High School standout’s first home meet as coach.
“It went well all weekend,” Conci said. Sunday, “I could tell the kids were starting to get tired, but they stuck it out and did great.”
The ABC Meet has been called the “last chance meet” because it represents swimmers’ last chance to qualify for the Western Slope league’s year-ending competition at the end of the month.
Conci said several of her swimmers qualified during the weekend, meaning their summer season will continue.
“We’ll be going easier in practices,” she said. “We’ll work on techniques like starts and turns, and the specifics of each stroke.”
During the weekend, the Sea Sharks sent a number of top-finishers to the pool.
Dodd finished fourth in the girls 15-year-old and older A division with 54 points, as well as sixth in the B division.
Danielle Brockman was behind Dodd with 33.5 points in the A division.
Matt Hulstine finished first in the boys 15-years-old and older A division with 100 points.
John Kirk finished third in the A division and first in the B division.
Chris Kling finished eighth in the boys 11- and 12-year-old A division, fourth in the B division and 11th in the C division.
Katelyn Peroulis finished ninth in the girls 11- and 12-year-old A division.
Bailey Kurz finished 10th in the girls 11- and 12-year-old A division and sixth in the B division.
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or email@example.com.
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