Craig With three weeks remaining before the state championships, Moffat County High School boys swim coach Patti Worsley said a meet the caliber of the Jeffco Invite is exactly what the team needed.
The Bulldogs competed Friday and Saturday in the team's largest meet of the season - outside of the championships - and Worsley said she came away pleased with the team's results.
"This is by far the biggest meet these kids will compete in before state," she said. "There were so many large teams and so many competitors. The boys stepped up and performed really well. They did excellent."
MCHS placed ninth out of the combination of 19 4A and 5A teams.
The Bulldogs finished second among the five 4A teams.
"A lot of the boys swam season- and career-best times," Worsley said. "I'm really pleased with how they are progressing."
The 200-yard medley relay team of Kyle Steitz, Andrew Aultman, Cole Worsley and Tyler Kalsow placed sixth, finishing in a time of 1 minute, 49.27 seconds.
Steitz swam a career best 2:17.04 in the 200-yard individual medley, placing 13th, and eclipsed another career-best in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:02.73.
MCHS had three competitors in the 50-yard freestyle.
Cole Worsley - ranked No. 2 in the state in the event - finished second, completing the two laps required in 22.23 seconds.
Tyler Kalsow placed ninth in 23.96, and Cody Poirot finished 16th in 24.59.
Kalsow and Cole Worsley also competed in the 100-yard free, with Worsley finishing fourth in 49.16 and Kalsow 13th in 53.36.
The 4x100-yard freestyle relay team reduced its season-best time by two seconds, placing fourth in 3:30.50.
The junior varsity team competed but failed to place any swimmers in the top 16.
Despite not placing, Worsley said she was impressed by the junior varsity team's performance, most notably freshman Charlie Griffiths and junior Brandon Corey.
Corey shaved 17 seconds off of his personal-best time in the 100-free, finishing in 1:21.95.
"That is a really good time for him," coach Worsley said. "And Charlie has a really big competitive fire burning in him. They both swam very well."
The Bulldogs have a break from the competition this weekend. MCHS competes April 26 at Grand Junction Central.
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