Sea Sharks improve times |

Sea Sharks improve times

Luke Graham

Heading into the final meet before the state competition, coach Marin Campbell wanted her swimmers to be poised.

“The girls going to state got a nice confidence boost,” she said. “The all ended up doing well.”

The Sea Sharks took 11 competitors to the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction during the weekend.

Campbell said that although there was tough competition, the swimmers all did well and improved on their times.

Campbell said Caitlin Conci, Kelsey Conci and Laurel Tegtman all finished in the top five.

Caitlin finished fourth in the 100-meter backstroke, Kelsey finished second in the 50-meter freestyle, and Tegtman finished first in the 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter freestyle and 100-meter IM.

“The competition was from all of the Western Slope,” statebound Caitlin Conci said. “We usually don’t swim against the Western Slope.”

The whole year, Caitlin said, she worked to qualify for state.

“I did really good this year and improved in everything,” she said. “I got my goal of going to state in the 100 back.”

Campbell said that although they qualified only six swimmers for state, every swimmer improved.

“I think I did really good,” freshman-to-be Megan Trujillo said. ” I took time off all of my events.”

Trujillo, who is not statebound, said she has improved throughout the season.

“I’m definitely swimming better now than at the beginning of the season,” she said. “I took off time at every meet.”

The state meet takes place from Thursday to Sunday in Grand Junction, and Campbell said the Sharks are the underdogs going in because of their small team.

Nevertheless, Campbell said the state meet is not all about winning.

“It is more of a personal competition,” she said, “and if they end up doing well, then that is just icing on the cake.”

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