Bailey Kurz competes in the 50-meter backstroke two weeks ago in Rangely as part of the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team.

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Bailey Kurz competes in the 50-meter backstroke two weeks ago in Rangely as part of the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team.

Tegtman leads Sea Sharks in Glenwood


— Twelve-year old Colter Tegtman is beginning to make a name for himself.

Colter - a member of the Craig Sea Sharks swimming team - qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 50-meter freestyle June 12 in Grand Junction.

June 20 to 22 in Glenwood Springs, Colter proved the JO time wasn't a fluke.

Competing in the boys 11 to 12 age group, Colter won five of his six events: the 50-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke.

In the event he didn't win - the 100 free - Colter placed second after being nudged by .26 seconds by Aspen's Max Bryant.

The two were head-to-head in all six races with Bryant placing second to Colter four times and third once.

Colter, along with many other Sea Sharks, also qualified in each of his events for the season-ending Western Slope Championships.

Matt Hulstine competed in the boys 13 to 14 age group, placing in the top 10 in each of his six events on his way to qualifying for the WSC in his first competitive meet of the summer season.

"Matt really made up a lot of time, and this was his first meet of the year," coach Ashleigh McDonald said. "He's been working really hard at practices, so, it's been working out really well for him."

It worked out pretty well inside the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center for siblings Bailey and Jesse Kurz, as well.

Bailey, competing in the girls 9 to 10 age group, earned a spot in the WSC in each of her six events, placing second in the 50-back and third in the 50-breast.

Jesse qualified in five of seven events he competed in as part of the boys 9 to 10 age group.

"Bailey and Jesse placed really high and did really well," McDonald said. "They've been swimming for quite a few years already, so they have the experience."

It also helps, McDonald said, that the duo's older sister Sarah is a coach on the team who has been helping them along.

Moffat County High School senior Katherine Dodd helped herself during the weekend.

Dodd qualified in six of her seven events - capturing top-10 finishes in each.

If it wasn't for the 800-meter freestyle event not being included in the season-ending championships, Dodd could have had a clean sweep.

Dodd has "been working hard," McDonald said. "She went to compete in Aspen last week with the Tegtman's. It's always good to see them (swimmers) willing to go for more and not just what the team is going to do."

Colter's sister Laurel matched her brother in the water, not in victories, but in qualifying times met.

Laurel hit qualifying times in each of her six events, as well as capturing six top-10 finishes.

Many Sea Sharks fed in Glenwood's waters, a feat McDonald said should continue.

"The team is faster," she said. "They've made a lot of improvement, but they still have a lot of room for improvement.

"There is no where to go but up."

The Sea Sharks compete Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Junction as part of the Dolphin Invite at Lincoln Park.


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