John Kirk, a Moffat County High School freshman, works on his kick during practice Thursday. The swim team will be heading to the Jeffco Invitational today in Denver.

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John Kirk, a Moffat County High School freshman, works on his kick during practice Thursday. The swim team will be heading to the Jeffco Invitational today in Denver.

MCHS boys swimmers head to Denver for swim meet today

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MCHS sophomore Kevin Murray goes through a workout Thursday at the Moffat County High School pool. Murray will be a part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams this weekend at the Jeffco Invitational in Denver.

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MCHS sophomore Charlie Griffiths rests between intervals at swim practice Thursday. Griffiths and the Bulldogs return to competition today and Saturday at the Jeffco Invitational in Denver after being on a break for the past several weeks.

Halfway through practice Thursday, John Kirk and Charlie Griffiths were pushing each other through repeats. This has become a common scene at Moffat County High School boys swim practices this year.

"They really feed off of each other well," assistant coach Meghan Francone said.

With a small crew of seven, the Bulldogs are working hard to still make big waves. They leave today for the two-day North Jeffco Invitational in Denver, one of the largest meets they'll compete in this year.

"Everybody is working hard, and our relay teams could put up some fast times this week," head coach Patti Worsley said.

Kirk, Griffiths, Cole Worsley and Kevin Murray will make up the 200 and 400-yard relay teams. The 400-yard team, with Chance Peterson instead of Murray, came within 10 seconds of qualifying for state at Montrose in March.

"As a team, we are focusing pretty hard on getting one of those relays to state," Patti Worsley said.

Murray is stepping up in place of Peterson, who won't be making the trip.

"Kevin hasn't competed a lot, and he's a little nervous," Francone said. "But he's been working hard and should swim well."

Because of weather, spring break and Easter weekend, the team has been away from competition since mid-March.

Francone said they had a competition against some of the girl swimmers.

"They're ready for some competition," Francone said. "We're looking forward to see how much we've improved."

All six swimmers making the trip will be competing in varsity races. Adam Richardson and Brandon Corey have been working hard on technique and stroke count, Worsley said.

Outside of the relay teams, the Bulldogs are primarily a one-man show. Cole Worsley has five school records and could make it on the board at least a total of seven times before the season is over.

"Probably at one of the home meets he'll swim some stuff he's not used to," Patti Worsley said. "We'll see if he can get up on the board in a couple of those."

Cole Worsley will compete in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly this weekend.

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