The Moffat County High School boys swim team has racked up the mileage this year --n the road and in the pool.
With one home meet this season, the Bulldogs have done extensive traveling, and the Western Slope finals in Duran-go today and Friday are no different.
And while the mileage on the road will keep on rolling, the meters swum in the MCHS pool will start to decrease as the swimmers get ready for the season's final meets.
"Those guys going to 4A state will be working a little bit harder, whereas those going just to regional have already begun tapering," MCHS coach Patti Worsley said
The coach is taking the entire Bulldogs team to regional, where the Bulldogs will face 4A and 5A schools, and look to qualify more swimmers for the May 17 and 18 state championships in Fort Collins.
About 40 teams will compete at the 4A state championships, where MCHS will feature two individuals and two relays.
Junior Tyler Kalsow and sophomore Cole Worsley both have qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.
Kalsow, also the lead member of the 400 relay, said he is hoping to drop his 50 time of 23.97 seconds and qualify the 200 relay and 100 free for state this weekend.
"I think I am a lot stronger than this time last year," Kalsow said. "We've had some really hard weeks of practice, and I think they have paid off."
Cole Worsley is slated to compete in the 50 and 100 and as a member of the 200 and 400 relays among the state's best.
He swam in the same events last year at 4A state.
"One of my state goals this year is to break 50 seconds in the 100," he said. Worsley's current best time is 50.06 seconds. "I guess you could say it's just a stroke of bad luck."
His personal best in the 50 is 22.54 seconds --04 seconds off of qualifying for sectionals.
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