MCHS swim team hosts Montrose

If you go

What: MCHS swimming vs. Montrose

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

• For more information, call 824-7036

— Entering Saturday's lone home meet of the season for the Moffat County boys swim team, coach Patti Worsley said she's looking for three things at the meet:

Winning, qualifying some more Bulldogs swimmers for state, and good attendance.

"We hope there is a large turnout in our only home meet," Worsley said. "If we can get some people from Steamboat as well as Craig, it would be great."

The Bulldogs will suit up 11 swimmers Saturday. Devyn Reece will miss the meet because of an illness, but Worsley said his absence shouldn't slow the team down.

"We are going to come out and try to set a quick pace," Worsley said. "We are trying to get kids qualified for state still, and this is a great chance to do that in our home pool."

Worsley said her son Cole will be attempting to qualify in the 500-meter freestyle and the 50-free, while Kyle Steitz is gunning for a qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke.

Cole finished second in the 50-free at last year's state championships, but has yet to qualify this season.

"He was late the last time he was entered in that event," Worsley said. "And he missed it. Usually, we try to get some of the younger kids qualified in the 50 because sometimes it's all they can swim when they start out. I'm sure Cole will hit the mark this week."

Worsley said if the aforementioned swimmers do hit the qualifying marks, everyone in attendance will know.

"There is a big board that tells you what's happening," she said. "If he qualifies, or anybody qualifies, you'll know it."

Worsley said the practices this week have been focused on "fine-tuning."

"We are working on technique and turns," she said. "The fastest part of your race is the start, and the second fastest part is your turns. So, if you don't hit that wall and have a good push, it will slow you down.

"It's very important to have quality turns."

Worsley said Montrose is in the midst of a rebuilding year, but she still expects the Indians to field a competitive team.

"They (Montrose) are always a very strong team," she said. "Their coach has been there a long time, and he always brings out the best in his swimmers."

Worsley said she respects Montrose, but that doesn't mean winning is an afterthought.

"We always want to win," she said. "It's nice to challenge the kids and see how they respond. I want them all to go out and have a great race."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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