Moffat County swimming closes season strong at Montrose meet Saturday

Regionals are scheduled for Saturday, March 6 at Colorado Mesa University.



With just one meet left before regionals, the Moffat County Bulldogs’ girls swim team turned in a strong performance in the pool Saturday at Montrose, finishing fifth overall against the likes of Montrose, Grand Junction, Durango, Gunnison, and Delta.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs competed in all nine events in Montrose. The 400 free varsity relay of Hailey Knowles, Ellina Jones, Alexa Neton and Kelsey McDiffett placed second with a time of 4:16.32, opening up the meet in strong fashion for the Bulldogs.

The 200 free relay, made up of Jones, Knowles, Neton and McDiffett, placed fourth and had their fastest time yet of 1:53.89. Their 200 Medley relay also placed fourth with a time of 2:08.58.

The relay team of Kate Lockwood, Sarah Johnson, Amanda Dietrich, and Megan Neton placed fifth in the 400 Free and seventh in the 200 Free with a time of 2:03.90.

Emma Fritz, Alexei Reyes, Cristiann Reyes and Allison Jacobson later dropped seven seconds for a 2:32.53 finish in the 200 Free Relay.

The swimmers saw quality time cuts in their individual event in Montrose. Alexa Neton cut six seconds in the 200 free ​for a new best of ​2:24.28 placing seventh, while Allison Jacobson clocked a time of 2:56.04.

Five Bulldogs swam the 100 backstroke, as senior Ellina Jones led the way, placing fourth with a time of 1:14.16. Vivian Brown ​dropped 4.73 seconds in her backstroke for a time of 1:32.15. ​ Tiana Nichols dropped half a second for 1:31.38 , Kate Lockwood clocked a time of 1:24.28, and Wagner Brown finished with a time of 1:35.43.

Freshman Megan Neton swam for the first time the 200 IM for a fifth-place finish with a time of 2:57.12.

In the 100 butterfly, Hailey Knowles placed fourth, clocking a time of 1:13.28, Amanda Dietrich placed sixth with a time 1:22.12, and Anna Cooper placed seventh with a time of 1:22.95.

Later in the meet, McDiffett cut time for a sixth-place finish of 1:18.36 in the 100 Breaststoke. Nora Gianinetti dropped 3.57 seconds for a time of 1:34.14 in the same event, while Sarah Johnson dropped half a second for a time of 1:34.40. Ana Iglesias’ first attempt at the breaststroke was a time 1:35:54, while Emma Fritz swam a time of 1:45.75.

In the 100 freestyle, Wagner Brown finished with a time of 1:18.76, placing 13th. Vivian Brown cut a second off of her time for a finish of 1:20.50, while Cristiann Reyes finished with a time of 1:31.42 and Alexei Reyes recorded a time of 1:40.98.

The meet was won by the Grand Junction Tigers with 308 points, who finished 55 points ahead of the second place finisher the Durango Demons, who had 253 points. Finishing in third was the Gunnison Cowboys with 204 points, followed by Montrose with 191 points, Moffat county with 181 points and Delta rounding out the competition with 179 points.

The team now looks ahead to regionals, scheduled for Saturday, March 6 at the El Pomar Natatorium at Colorado Mesa University.

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