Moffat County swimmers speeding back after break |

Moffat County swimmers speeding back after break

Moffat County High School's Alexa Neton readies on the starting block as sister Molly Neton completes her leg in the 200 medley relay of Glenwood Springs' Demon Meet. MCHS competes this weekend in Grand Junction.

The start to the season could not have been more solid for the Moffat County High School girls swim team, but it’s only a benchmark as they get back in the pool following winter break.

Bulldog swimmers get back in motion this weekend at the Grand Junction Invitational, their first meet since holiday vacation.

Early season rankings by Colorado High School Activities Association put the hosting Tigers ninth among 4A teams, while fellow Western Slope schools Aspen and Glenwood Springs were third and seventh for 3A teams, respectively.

With a smaller roster, Moffat County hasn’t been on CHSAA’s top 10, but Bulldog aquatic athletes wasted little time in their first month making a splash.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kelsey McDiffett, Katelynn Turner, Molly Neton and Alexa Neton claimed a spot in the state championships during Glenwood’s Demon Invite, which was quickly followed the next weekend as Molly Neton hit not one but two state times in Montrose in the 100 backstroke (1:09.75) and 100 free (1:01.4).

The same meet saw the free relay group bring their season best down to 1:55.35.

As the team continues their pursuit of greatness, Alexa Neton is the closest Moffat County swimmer to a state time in the 50, 200 and 500 free races, while McDiffett is about two seconds from state in the 100 breaststroke, also the nearest Bulldog in the 100 butterfly.

MoCo girls will be back in Glenwood Jan. 19, with the Southwestern Conference Championships coming up fast at the beginning of February.