Swimmers finish fourth at regional event

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The Moffat County High School boys swim team came in fourth out of six teams at the Western Slope Regional championships at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

The Bulldogs tallied 130 points, and two of the teams ahead of them were 5A level schools.

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"They did really well and had some fast times," said Patti Worsley, MCHS coach.

MCHS sends seven to the 4A state championships Thursday and Friday at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins.

Cole Worsley, Kyle Steitz, Tyler Kalsow, Andrew Aultman, Brian Corey, Trenton Taylor and Donnny Penner will represent the Bulldogs at state.

Cole Worsley (50 and 100-free) and Kalsow (50-free) have qualified in individual events in addition to the relays.

Cole Worsley clocked his best time of the year in the 50-yard breaststroke with a first-place time of 22.59 seconds.

He came in second in the 100 free when friend and rival Hayden Stanes of Durango edged him out. Cole Worsley finished in a time of 49.22, behind the 48.66 of Stanes.

"That was one of the most exciting races of the day," Patti Worsley said. "It has been a really strong rivalry. Cole took a second and a half off. It was an exciting race."

The 200-free relay team of Kalsow, Taylor, Steitz and Cole Worsley came in third-place in 1 minute, 37.94 seconds.

The "B" relay squad of Penner, Nikk Warden, Chet Peterson and Corey dropped four seconds from their preliminary finish en route to a ninth-place time of 2:03.11.

In the 200-free, Steitz came in sixth-place in 2:03.04.

The 400-free relay team of Kalsow, Aultman, Steitz and Cole Worsley dropped three seconds in its fourth-place time of 3:39.97.

Swimming a personal best in the 100 backstroke, Taylor finished 11th in 1:09.71.

Aultman had the most improved performance of the day in the 100 breaststroke.

His 10th place finish was not nearly as impressive as his time-- Aultman entered competition with a time of 1:21, dropped it to 1:18 in the preliminaries and clocked a finals time of 1:15.85.

"He had a fabulous time," Patti Worsley said. "It was definitely one of the highlights of the meet."

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