‘One giant team’
Swim team to host opponents over night
The Moffat County girls swim team will have a chance to really get to know their opponents today when they open up their homes to them.
Grand Junction’s Central High School team will be in town today and Saturday for two meets with the Bulldogs.
When Central coach Amber Sigler looked at her budget for the year, she realized that there wasn’t enough money for the team to stay over night in Craig, she said.
She called up Moffat coach Jennifer Zimmerman to cancel Friday, but instead they found an alternate plan.
“I originally had to cancel coming up Friday,” Sigler said. “But they said they could find us a place to stay so we decided to come up again.”
The meet today is a dual between the Bulldogs and the Warriors. On Saturday, Central will join Glenwood Springs and Aspen for a quadrangular meet.
The Bulldogs will be hosting 15 swimmers, two divers and Sigler tonight.
“It’s kind of weird, but kind of exciting,” said senior Katie Gainor, who will house four Warrior swimmers.
Moffat County coach Jennifer Zimmerman said that the unique relationship swimmers have allows for the unusual situation to work out fine.
“They know each other because they hang out at summer meets,” she said. “It will sort of be like a big slumber party.”
Caitlin and Kelsey Conci are housing four swimmers. Kelsey said she thought it would be fun.
“It will be like one giant team Saturday,” she said. “We don’t know who we’re hosting, but we plan to watch a movie and hang out.”
Zimmerman said she had arranged for everyone to have a place to stay.
The lack of housing for Friday night raises the question about future Moffat County events.
Moffat County Athletics Director Jim Loughran said the swimming situation was the first that he had heard of a high school team in Craig housing an opponent.
“I would like to see more of this happen,” he said. “It builds friendships and in a smaller situation like swimming, it works perfectly.”
The Bulldog swim team hosts two of its three home meets for the season today and Saturday. Zimmerman said she expected to see at least two state-qualifying swims for the Bulldogs this weekend.
“Our 200 (meter) freestyle relay team (Gainor, both Concis and junior Vanessa Murray) and Kelsey in the 50 freestyle should qualify,” she said. “There are others who will be close and might make it.”
The meet against Central begins at 3:30 p.m. today, and the quadrangular with Central, Glenwood and Aspen starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
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