Saving the best for last

Worsley earns second at state in 50 free


The scene was deafening, and the results spoke for themselves.

The 4A state championship boys swimming and diving finals Friday evening at the Edora Pool Ice Complex in Fort Collins brought fans to their feet and seemingly elevated stress levels for the student-athletes.


One day after five of the Moffat County High School swimmers recorded personal best times, the Bulldogs combined to place 16th out of 28 teams.

"To perform at the level they performed at -- a lot of these teams train year-round -- I couldn't be more proud," said Patti Worsley, MCHS coach.

"I'm excited for the whole team," she said.

MCHS was led by two top-three medals of Cole Worsley, a Steamboat Springs High School sophomore.

Worsley came in second place in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.19 seconds and third place in the 100 in 48.49.

He was cheered by mom and coach Patti, dad Don and brother Blake, a MCHS graduate and current swimmer at the University of Denver.

"I'm pretty happy-- I missed my best time by .06 seconds, but it's still awesome," Cole said after the 50.

For the 200 and 400 relay squads, it was all about the number 13.

The 200 foursome of Tyler Kalsow, Trenton Taylor, Kyle Steitz (Cole's classmate at Steamboat Springs High School) and Cole finished in 1 minute, 35.75 seconds.

The time was slightly behind their Thursday preliminary finish of 1:34.83, but the smiles were equally large.

"I think it went pretty good," Taylor said.

"I think as a whole we were more tired today. My personal time was about .3 seconds slower, but we still got the top-16 and I am pretty excited."

Although a MCHS senior, Taylor has only been in the pool competitively for the past two years.

"I couldn't be more proud of Trenton," Patti said. "He couldn't swim two strokes last year and look at him now. I love all these guys -- this feels like a family."

The 400 squad of Kalsow, Aultman, Steitz and Cole ended its season with a 13th place time of 3:32.72.

"Since the beginning of the season, we've dropped a bunch of time," Kalsow said. "I felt really good. I think my split was probably a second faster than Thursday and that's a personal record for me."

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