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Moffat County relay team qualifies for state championships

John Vandelinder

— Heading to Montrose on Friday to compete in the regional championships, the Moffat County swim team had qualified just three swimmers for the upcoming state championships beginning Thursday in Fort Collins.

The MCHS 200-meter medley relay team had been within a second of the qualifying time needed to advance several instances this season, but the elusive time hadn’t yet been reached.

Coach Marin Campbell bet her team if the relay team qualified, she would dye her hair.

Break out the Revlon, coach.

Senior Claire Sorrentino and junior Katherine Dodd will join senior teammates Kelsey and Caitlin Conci, and sophomore diver Genna Bradley on the bus headed to state leaving Craig on Thursday.

“I’m totally happy we made it,” Kelsey said. “It was our last chance, and it’s really cool we get to bring Claire and Katherine with us.”

The relay team didn’t win, but winning wasn’t what the girls were after.

“Winning wasn’t our priority,” Kelsey said. “We didn’t care about that. We just wanted to make it to state.”

Kelsey won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Her time in the free set a new Montrose pool record.

“It’s not my best time,” she said. “But, it feels good to get my name up on their wall in my best event.”

Caitlin swam her fastest times of the year in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing second, and the 200-yard individual medley, placing third.

“I surprised myself in the IM,” Caitlin said. “I hadn’t been doing great this season in that event so far and I swam a good fast time.”

As for being joined by her relay teammates, “I think it’s awesome,” she said, “I think (five is) the most we’ve ever had qualify. I’m excited that three of our four seniors get to go.”

Sorrentino, in her second year on the MCHS swim team, was in shock when told she had made it.

“Kelsey and Caitlin kept saying we would make it,” Sorrentino said. “But, me and Katherine were really scared. Katherine swam the last leg and we were all so excited when she finally touched the finish pad. She swam her little heart out, and now we’re off to state. I’m so happy we get to finish this season, and for us seniors, our high school careers, off with a bang.”

Bradley broke the MCHS school record in diving Saturday, tallying 393.85 points, bettering the previous mark of 370.

As for the color Campbell will be sporting now that the team has qualified?

“I’m thinking platinum blonde,” Sorrentino said. “She’s got a job, so she can’t be too crazy. If she didn’t, we’d say bright pink.”


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