Girls swim into second place


Abigail Vondy, News Editor

Girls swimming placed second, 118 points behind Silver Creek, during Estes Park Pentathlon on Saturday December 7. Competing against five other teams, including Poudre, Mountain View, Estes Park, and Skyline, the swimmers gave it their all and had a total of 168 points. 

   The pentathlon was a large 50 yard freestyle where 112 swimmers went head to head to compete for the best time. Three of Eaton’s swimmers placed in the top twenty. Lexi Bruntz (22) with 00:26.70 placing second, Emma Bjork (20) with a time of 00:28.43 placing seventh, and Caitlyn Morgan (23) with a time of 00:30.58.

    After losing their first meet on December 3 and winning by only eight points on December 5, the team really came together to place second in the biggest meet of the season so far. 

   Bruntz was excited with how well the team swam and how much the team has grown in the past few weeks. “We did well at supporting each other and cheering each other on during this meet. And I’m really proud of the girls for it giving it their all, we did really well and I’m excited to see what else we can do,” she said. 

   Coach Hattie Carlson saw the benefits in the pentathlon, and hopes to use the results to better the team in the future. Carlson said, “I got to see what the girls could do on all four strokes and the shorter distances. I now have a better idea of what they can do in the future and what their talents are.” 

   Placing second in such a big meet is a great accomplishment for the girls and they handled the change in environment very well. Leah Fetzer (20) explains the challenges the girls experienced at the pool. “Since it was such a big meet, it made the races fast paced and we had to make sure we were watching our events. And I know a few people missed their races so that was very challenging.”

   Even with the fast paced events, the girls are now even more ready to take on the rest of the season. Coach Carlson said, “Our focus is going to shift now that we’ve gotten through the sprints meet where we have to go through all four strokes. That’s just not the way the season will go for the rest of the season, so we just have to improve on what our specialties are.”