Relay team just misses state in swim opener |

Relay team just misses state in swim opener

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County swim team earned six finishes in the top half of the field in its opening meet of the season.

Four of those finishes were in the top five of 18 relay teams competing.

“I was really pleased with the swims that everybody had,” coach Jennifer Zimmerman said. “Our experienced swimmers were fast, and our new swimmers did well for their first meet.”

The top finish for the Bulldogs came in the 200-meter freestyle relay. Senior Katie Gainor, junior Vanessa Murray and sophomores Kelsey and Caitlin Conci combined to finish second. Kelsey Conci anchored the team, and her split would have earned her a state qualification if she would have swam the first leg of the relay.

The relay team missed qualifying for state by .07 of a second.

The meet was a relay-only event. There were 10 relays in the meet.

Other top-five finishes for the swimmers came from the following: the 200 butterfly relay team (Gainor, the Concis, sophomore Meghan Innes) was third; the Concis, senior Ashleigh McDonald and Gainor in the 400 individual medley relay, fifth; the 200 backstroke/breastroke team (Kelsey Conci, senior Tiffany Woodbury, junior Katie Knez and McDonald) was fifth.

The other two relay teams to finish in the top half were the seventh-place 200 breaststroke relay (McDonald, Knez, Krogman, freshman Katherine Dodd) and the l200 medley relay (Innes, Jessica Krogman, Murray, Ashley Pacot), which was ninth.

Rookie swimmers, sophomore Putt Slonksnes and Woodbury finished sixth in their combined score.

The Bulldogs finished sixth out of 11 teams.

“I think our girls learned a lot by watching what other teams did,” Zimmerman said. “This weekend will be exciting for the team.”

Two of the team’s three home meets this year will happen this weekend. The Bulldogs host a meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

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