Swimmers hungry for next season after state

Moffat County traveled to Epic Pool in Ft. Collins to make a point.

That point is the first block of the Jim Vorhies era is in place. This season is the first that Coach Vorhies has sent swimmers to state, in his three years at Moffat County.

Jeff Olree, John Shipley, Danny Arnold and Parker Moore comprised both relay teams that the Bulldogs sent to the state meet, and although they showed that the point would be proven, it was Cheyenne Mountain who walked away with the state title.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team took 14th place, and in the 200 medley they took 17th. The freestyle relay team also broke the old school record with time of 1:38.05.

"They were just incredibly excited to be at state, but they were also focused," Vorhies said. "They were focused enough to realize that at state you can't mess around."

Along with the relays, Moffat County had two boys place in individual events with Olree pulling in a 26th place in the 100 breaststroke, and Jerry Davis placing 19th in diving.

"State this year, was our first step toward next year," Vorhies said. "Our goal was to make state this year, and now the boys are hungry for a top- eight finish."

The Bulldogs will not be hindered much as they enter next season, losing only two seniors Danny Arnold and Zack Murphy. Vorhies figures to bring in about six incoming freshmen to replace what they are losing.

Not losing many seniors, means Moffat County will return a young, but seasoned, team for the next year, with four seniors leading the way.

Olree, Moore, Randy Runyan and Grant Hudish will be the team's returning seniors, with Olree and Moore having already tested the state waters.

Being a seasonal team, which means the swimmers only compete during the high school season instead of year round, is the key disadvantage the Bulldogs have to overcome. Since the bulk of its competition runs year-round programs.

Vorhies hopes to compensate against this disadvantage by encouraging his team to hit the pool during the summer, and also by implementing an off-season, weight-lifting program.

"I really think that we've got a group of guys willing to commit to becoming better, so I see most of them working out over the summer," Vorhies said. "They got a taste of state and want more, but they also know that they need to put in the extra work."

Vorhies doesn't see the summer workouts equaling actual competition, but sees it as a tool that will help the boys enter the season ready to roll.

"We just want them coming into the season ready to swim, so we don't have to blow two weeks getting them in condition."



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