For most of the season, the Moffat County boys swim coach hoped that his team would crack the top three at the Western Slope Championships. Around a week before the meet, Jim Vorhies knew that goal wouldn't be reached.
"Prom affected us too much," he said. "We had some of the other guys step up to have a nice meet for us though."
Seniors Chris Compton and Blake Worsley swam in the preliminary rounds Friday but didn't swim in the finals Saturday because they attended prom. Senior Zach Vorhies left for prom also but he was already out of the meet because of a disciplinary suspension.
This week, the Bulldogs will have a full squad for the state meet. They have swimmers qualified in all three relays and seven individual events.
"We'll have high expectations," coach Vorhies said. "We'll be out in full force."
Despite not being full force this weekend, the Bulldogs finished ahead of three teams for fourth place. Seniors Nick Ruckman and Andy Key were at the meet because their schools, Meeker and Rangely, already had prom. They carried the Bulldogs in points.
Ruckman was the WSC winner of the 50-yard freestyle. He qualified for state with his time in the 23-second range. Key finished third in the event.
The 100 butterly was another of Ruckman's events. He took third.
The Bulldogs had three swimmers score points in the 100 freestyle. Key led the way with seventh, freshman Tyler Kalsow was 10th and junior Robert McClellan was 14th.
Junior diver Aaron Kawcak peaked at the right time with his best performance of the year. He finished fourth with an 11-dive score of 283.40. A score of 300 would have earned the first-year diver a trip to state.
"Aaron dove great," Vorhies said. "It's too bad he was just 17 points out."
The 200-medley team of Ruckman, Key, Duke Karschner and Lee Lanoue finished third.
The 200-freestyle team of Ruckman, Key, Karschner and Kalsow was also third. The B-team came in ninth. Those swimmers were freshman Andrew Aultman, sophomore David McClellan, senior Joe Hayes and junior Devin Gillette.
The 400-freestyle team (Kalsow, Lanoue, Karschner and David McClellan) took eighth.