Day 2 as tough as expected for swimmers |

Day 2 as tough as expected for swimmers

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County girls swim team expected more competition Saturday, and that is what it had.

The Bulldogs swam against Grand Junction Central on Friday. The next day, Aspen and Glenwood Springs joined the other two teams at the Moffat County pool.

On Saturday, Moffat County was without senior Ashleigh McDonald and junior Vanessa Murray because of ACT testing, so the Bulldogs weren’t at full strength.

“Without those two, it may have kept us from swimming two state-qualifying times,” coach Jennifer Zimmerman said.

Murray would have helped in the freestyle relays, and McDonald is the team’s fastest breaststroke swimmer.

On Friday, the Bulldogs won nine of 12 events and qualified for state in three swims. On Saturday, the Bulldogs competed against Glenwood Springs and Aspen, two of the best teams on the Western Slope. With those teams in the water, the Bulldogs won one event.

“We were a little run down from last night,” Zimmerman said. “But it’s good to have back-to-back meets early in the season because it makes for hard work.”

Sophomore Caitlin Conci was the top finisher in the 100-meter backstroke. Her time was less than a second from a state-qualifying time.

Despite the tough task of competing on back-to-back days, the Bulldogs had several impressive finishes.

Sophomore Kelsey Conci was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 individual medley. Senior Katie Gainor surprised Zimmerman with a near state-qualifying swim in the 50 freestyle. She finished second and less than a second from a state time in the event.

The Bulldogs finished third with 216 points. Aspen was second with 263 points, and Glenwood Springs was well out in front with 430 points. Central finished with 190 points.

Top five finishes for the Bulldogs were: 200 medley relay (Katherine Dodd, Clarissa Dilldine, Sara Kirk, Katie Gainor) fourth; 200 freestyle, Meghan Innes third; 50 freestyle, Caitlin Conci, fifth; 100 butterfly, Katie Knez, fifth; 100 freestyle, Kelsey Conci, second; 400 freestyle relay (Gainor, Caitlin Conci, Kelsey Conci, Innes) second.

“I was proud of the way the girls rallied behind each other today,” Zimmerman said. “Next week, we’ll have everybody back, and we’ll shoot for some more qualifying swims.”

The Bulldogs will head to Aspen on Saturday for their last meet before Christmas break.

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