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Swimmers prepare for postseason

It’s time to get serious.

The Moffat County girls swim team finished the regular season Friday in Montrose with a triangular meet with the host and Gunnison.

“The girls are anticipating a taper and focusing for the post season,” coach Jen Zimmerman said. “We had some of our non-state girls swim in different events for us.”



Exchange student Kristin Akerstrom finished her season with her first swim in the 100-yard butterfly. Her teammate Jessica Knez joined her as a rookie in the event. Knez finished fifth, and Akerstrom was sixth.

Tuffney Woodbury also ventured into a new event by swimming the 200 individual medley. Her time of 4 minutes, 1.23 seconds was good enough for seventh place.



Senior Ashleigh McDonald has pursued a state-qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke for four years. She came within three seconds in Montrose with a personal-best time of 1:18.51. The swim was good enough for second place.

“Ashleigh’s swim was a highlight for us,” Zimmerman said. “We’ve been working hard on getting her hands to speed up with her kick, and her time has been dropping.”

The Bulldogs had two first-place finishes at the meet. The Conci twins, sophomores Caitlin and Kelsey, each picked up a win. Kelsey won the 50 freestyle in 25.83. Caitlin won the 100 backstroke in 1:07.

The Bulldogs finished third in the meet with 68 points. Montrose won with 122 points. Gunnison earned 112 points.

Other top 10 finishes for the Bulldogs were: 200 medley relay (Caitlin and Kelsey Conci, McDonald, Meghan Innes) second, (Katherine Dodd, Katie Knez, Jessica Knez, Andria Dremel) sixth; 50 freestyle, McDonald sixth, Katie Knez seventh; 100 freesstyle, Dodd eighth, Dremel ninth; 500 freestyle, Jessica Krogman seventh, Jessica Knez eighth; 100 breststroke, Dodd seventh, Krogman eighth; 200 freestyle relay (Caitlin and Kelsey Conci, Innes, Alyssa Pierson) second; 400 freestyle relay (Caitlin and Kelsey Conci, Innes, Pierson) third; (Krogman, Jessica Knez, Dremel, Akerstrom) sixth; diving, Woodbury third.

This week, the swimmers who have qualified for the state meet in two weeks will continue their longer workouts. The swimmers whose last meet will be this weekend at the Western Slope Championships in Durango are tapering. The championships start Friday with finals Saturday.


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