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MEEKER | The Glenwood Springs Demon Invite brought many positive results Thursday, Feb. 18, for the Moffat County High School Bulldog swimmers in both individual races and relays. The lady Bulldogs competed in 30 events and recorded impressive time cuts in 26 of those events.
MCHS’s varsity relay team of Hailey Knowles, Ellina Jones, Kelsey McDiffett, and Alexa Neton took third in the 200-yard freestyle and sixth in the 200 medley and the 400 free relay, with respective times of 1:54.64, 2:06.99, and 4:16.17.
“The focus of this meet was our relays so most of the girls swam in three relays and one individual event. Last year these times would have qualified us for state, but this year we have to be in the top 20 to go. Right now we have all three relays in the top 20,” stated head coach Melany Neton.
The B relay team Tiana Nichols, Sarah Johnson, Kate Lockwood and Megan Neton took eighth in the 200-free relay 2:07.50, tenth in 400 freestyle relay with 4:55.64 and tenth in the 200 medley relay, 2:29.11.
The C relay team Cristiann Reyes, Ana Iglesias, Allison Jacobson and Alexei Reyes finished 11 in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:39.54.
In individual events, Alexa Neton cut five seconds in her 200 Free for a time of 2:30.70, placing 10th.
Seven Bulldog swimmers, Wagner Brown, Vivian Brown, Ana Iglesias, Alexei Reyes, Cristiann Reyes, Megan Neton and Kate Lockwood, competed in the 50 free and made excellent time cuts.
Kelsey McDiffett placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke, 1:19.27. Johnson dropped 4.49 seconds in her breaststroke for a time of 1:34.77.
In the 100 backstroke, time cut of four seconds Ellina Jones placed seventh, 1:12.01. Nichols dropped 4.01 seconds for a new best of 1:32.05. Competing for the first time in the backstroke were Vivian and Wagner Brown, 1:34.54 and 1:36.88.
Knowles placed eighth in the 100 fly, 1:13.26.
For the 100 freestyle, Cristiann Reyes and Alexei Reyes each had more than six second time cuts in the 100 freestyle. Wagner Brown placed 18th with a time of 1:16.11, Jacobson a 1:20.56, Vivian Brown a 1:21.27, and Ana Iglesias 1:37.66.
“It was a great meet with lots of personal best times for the whole team. It’s a great group and fun getting to know the Moffat County swimmers. Thanks to coach and all of our teammates,” stated Vivian Brown, freshman from Meeker High School.
The team has a week to prepare and make adjustments for their next meet in Montrose on Feb. 27