MCHS swimmers solid this season, preparing for home meet |

MCHS swimmers solid this season, preparing for home meet

Joshua Gordon

With the high school swimming season not even a month over, the expectations are already high for the Moffat County High School girls swimming team.

However, head coach Meghan Francone said she didn't set the expectations.

"All the girls set their expectations and they are expecting to make them," Francone said. "It is nice to have a group of girls who are willing to step up."

Francone has 11 girls on her team, and only one senior.

"It is very exciting to do so well when we are so young," Francone said. "We should be very competitive on the Western Slope for the next couple of years."

At the first meet, expectations were already being met. Sophomore Larissa Grammer and junior Amy Brodie qualified for the state meet at the Montrose Invitational in diving and the 100-meter butterfly, respectively.

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Francone said she doesn't expect Grammer and Brodie to be the only state qualifiers this season, either.

"There is a very strong possibility that all three relays (200-meter medley, 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle) could qualify fairly soon," she said. "Each girl can qualify for four events at the state meet, and some will (qualify) for at least four events."

This early in the season, Francone said she wasn't sure what events the team might compete in at state, but that the decision would come closer to the regional meet.

During the winter break, while some girls have been out of town with their families, Francone said she has been able to help many girls with fine-tuning their stroke.

"With some of the girls, I have been able to completely tear their stroke apart and put it together correctly," she said. "It will be exciting to see how (the girls) may change their times when we start up again."

The team's first meet back will be their only home meet — the Moffat County Invitational at 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at MCHS.

Knowing the MCHS pool will give the girls an advantage, Francone said.

"We have one of the few meter pools on the Western Slope, so other teams will have to adapt from a yard pool," she said. "That can affect the turns off the walls, so it is an advantage to swim in our home pool."

With about a month-and-a-half until the State Championships on Feb. 11 and 12 at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Francone said the season is looking good so far.

"The girls work hard and really want to meet their expectations," she said. "It will be very exciting to start back up at home."


Remaining Moffat County High School girls swimming team schedule:

• Jan. 7 — Moffat County Invitational at MCHS

• Jan. 8 — at Delta Invitational

• Jan. 14 and 15 — at Jeffco Invitational

• Jan. 22 — at Grand Junction

• Jan. 28 — at Aspen Invitational

• Jan. 29 — at Delta Invitational

• Feb. 4 and 5 — at League

Championships at Mesa State College

• Feb. 11 and 12 — at State

Championships at Mesa State College