Matt Hulstine of the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team practices the breaststroke Tuesday in the Craig City Park pool. Hulstine placed second Sunday in the 200-meter breaststroke during the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction, qualifying for this weekend's Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Matt Hulstine of the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team practices the breaststroke Tuesday in the Craig City Park pool. Hulstine placed second Sunday in the 200-meter breaststroke during the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction, qualifying for this weekend's Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs.

The final lap

Craig Sea Sharks end season at Western Slope championships

Tegtman to compete in six events

Craig resident Colter Tegtman is in limbo.

Too fast to be a Sea Shark and too young to be a Moffat County High School Bulldog, Tegtman is officially unattached.

At least that's what's listed in the team name slot beside his name in swimming programs throughout the season.

As far as swimming goes, he's firmly attached to his : swimming cap?

"I've been using the same cap for three years," Colter said. "It's my good luck charm."

It seems to have paid off for the 12-year old.

Tegtman qualified for the Junior Olympics beginning today in each of his six events: the 100-breast, 100-free, 50-back, 50-fly, 50-breast and 50-free.

Tegtman has been privately coached by former MCHS girls coach Marin Campbell and MCHS graduate Zach Voorhies, to prepare for what he calls "the big time."

Tegtman is ranked No. 5 in the state in the 50-free and in the top 10 in each of his other events.

"I've been looking forward to this since my training started in December," he said. "I'm not going (to the J.O.) to lose."

— One last lap.

The Craig Sea Sharks swimming team ended its season Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Junction during the Western Slope Championships swim meet.

A season that began the first weekend in June with a team of more than 50 swimmers competing in Rangely, six members traveled to compete in the Lincoln Park Moyer Pool in the season's last event.

"It was really hot, but it was also a lot of fun," coach Ashleigh McDonald said about her first postseason appearance at the helm of the Sharks. "I was really proud to be able to go with the team."

Proud would be an understatement, McDonald said, when describing the performance of swimmer Matt Hulstine.

The Craig Middle School eighth-grader qualified for the Junior Olympics beginning today in Colorado Springs.

"The biggest thing that happened this weekend was definitely Matt Hulstine," McDonald said. "He dropped time in every event he swam in and he competed in six events in three days.

"He was awesome."

Hulstine's time of 3 minutes, 7.37 seconds earned him a second-place finish in the WSC, but more importantly, the 12-year old clinched a spot in the state's biggest meet of the season.

"He was training really hard the week before this last meet," McDonald said. "We focused a lot on his technique and turns, and it really paid off. He cut his best time ever by more than five seconds."

Hulstine also captured second place in the 200-meter butterfly in 3:10.70, fifth in the 100-fly in 1:26.55, seventh in the 200-meter individual medley (3:03.82) and the 100-breast (1:31.04) and his time of 1:30.09 in the 100-meter backstroke earned him tenth.

The 50-meter outdoor pool in Grand Junction also saw Chris Kling, Colby Beckett, Ashley Griffiths, Katelyn Peroulis and Erin Parrot make their final appearance of the season.

"The kids were really motivated to get better throughout the year and this meet was their final chance to show it," McDonald said. "They all did well."

Kling's best finish was in the 100-breast.

His time of 1:46.99 earned him sixth place. He also placed 16th in the 100-free (1:28.49), 18th in the 50-fly (57.15), 21st in the 50-free (40.07) and 50-back (51.27) and 31st in the 50-breast with a time of 1:02.89.

Beckett's time of 28.01 earned him sixth in the 25-breast and his 21.04 recorded in the 25-free earned him seventh.

Griffiths placed 15th in the 50-back (47.72), 17th in the 100-breast (1:48.07) and 22nd in the 50-breast, recording a time of 52.46.

Parrot placed 19th in the 100-breast in 1:49.66 and 20th in the 50-breast with a time of 51.76.

Peroulis was disqualified in the 100-back, her lone event of the meet.

"There is a lot of stuff for them to work on until next year," McDonald said. "They have begun to understand they payoff they get with hard work.

"We'll be back next year ready to go."

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