Making a splash in the end
Craig — They lost. But, you’d be hard pressed to notice.
The Moffat County swim team wrapped up its regular season Saturday, losing a dual meet to visiting Fruita, 160-127.
But all the events taking place outside the pool seemingly dominated the swimming landscape.
The Bulldogs swimmers opened the event by singing the national anthem to a raucous crowd.
Parents of team members were given single roses and coach Marin Campbell was thrown into the pool.
Bulldogs swimmers were seen with writing all over their backs and wide grins on their faces.
They performed a synchronized team dive, led by Campbell.
Moffat County’s four seniors rehashed the good times, the bad times and the time with each other.
After all, this was the last time they will compete in this pool as part of the Bulldogs team.
Senior sisters Kelsey and Caitlin Conci claimed first in each event they swam, leaving behind a legacy entrenched in Moffat County swimming lore.
“It’s hard to let those four go,” a teary eyed Campbell said. “They are not just athletes, they are like little sisters to me. I’m going to miss them.”
Kelsey won the 100-meter backstroke by more than 19 seconds. She blew away the competition by half the pool’s length in the 50-meter freestyle to complete the regular season undefeated in the event.
“That is my last race in this pool,” Kelsey said. “I feel pretty good I won. I’m all right with that as my last race.”
Caitlin dominated the 100 butterfly, winning in a time of 1 minute, 14.06 seconds. She swept through the 200 individual medley, winning by more than 10 seconds to complete the Conci sweep.
“I feel really good with what I’ve done here in this pool,” Caitlin said. “I have so many memories. So many good times.”
Senior Claire Sorrentino won the 100 breaststroke and earned two second-place finishes as part of the relay team.
“It’s hard to think of today as the last time we compete in this pool,” Sorrentino said. “We have a lot of fun in here during practice. We’ve all progressed right here in this pool.”
Senior Samantha Dulmaine placed sixth in the 100-breast and ninth in the 50-free.
“These people here are like family,” Dulmaine said. “It’s been a blast. I don’t want to leave.”
Moffat County travels to Montrose on Friday to compete in the state regional tournament.
The strength practices have been tapered toward speed as many of the Bulldogs have yet to qualify for the state finals.
This weekend will be their last chance.
“We are going to work on distance and intensity this week,” Campbell said. “We are going to be ready for Friday.”
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