Briefs: Prep Swimming February 07, 2009

At the first day of the Western Slope Championships in Durango, Grand Junction’s Kelsey Schlagel qualified for state in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Schlagel has already qualified in the 200-yard freestyle but added to that Friday by notching a 1:12.64 in the event. The Tigers had a strong day in the relay events finishing seventh in both the 200-yard Medley Relay and the 200-yard freestyle. The Tigers 400-yard freestyle finished 11th.

“We did pretty well and both our 200 medley and 200-free both posted best times,” Tigers coach Dale Leonhart said.

Palisade/Central’s swim team also had a good individual showing as the WarDogs Teddy Hayes finished in the top seven in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. Hayes came in sixth in the 50-free at 27.49 and fourth in the 100-free at 59.96.

“All of our girls swam really hard,” WarDogs coach Steve Weir said. “It was a new experience for a lot of our young girls and I think they were in shock about how fast the meet was.”

The finals begin today at 2 p.m. in Durango.


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