Coach Jim Vorhies found the only thing that could stop his swimmers at the Jeffco Invitational was dinner and dancing.
The Moffat County High School boys swim team raced through two days of preliminaries Friday and Saturday at the Arvada-based invitational only to pull up stakes and leave before finals. The reason the Bulldogs made an early exit, with many other teams, is the meet's finals ran into Saturday night when most schools held their prom.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs they would have had plenty to do in the finals since they qualified every swimmer and diver.
"It was a great showing for us at a big meet," Vorhies said. "It was one of the best showings we've ever had at Jeffco."
The previous year the Bulldogs didn't even come close to place an entire team in the finals because only two relay teams and two individuals made it into the finals. This year eight members of the varsity made it into the finals while six qualified on the junior varsity.
To qualify for the finals a swimmer or relay team had to finish in the top 16 of the event, with each event averaging 32 entries.
The numbers per event were down at the invitational, which is fairly comparable to state in size and competition. Once again prom was to blame because many other schools followed the MCHS team's suit and left early.
Despite not being able to pit his swimmers against the best of Class 4A and 5A in the finals, Vorhies said he felt the team gained much by attending the meet.
"It was a good meet for us because we got to see what it's going to be like at state," he said.
"The strong showing also helps build confidence heading into our last meets of the season."