Moffat County High School swimmer Cole Worsley participates in the 100-yard butterfly during the 2008 season. The Bulldogs swim team competed in its first competitive meet of the 2009 season Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

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Moffat County High School swimmer Cole Worsley participates in the 100-yard butterfly during the 2008 season. The Bulldogs swim team competed in its first competitive meet of the 2009 season Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

MCHS swim team places 6th in Montrose

MCHS boys swimming results

March 20 and 21

Montrose High School, Montrose

Team results:

1. Cherry Creek 703

2. District 51 560

3. Durango 506

4. Montrose 318

5. Delta 203

6. MCHS 57

7. Glenwood Springs 12

MCHS event results:

200-yard medley relay

19. MCHS 2:17.19

50-yard butterfly

1. Cole Worsley 23.86

50-yard backstroke

16. Chance Peterson 35.51

21. Adam Richardson 43.34

22. Brandon Corey 46.84

200-yard freestyle

2. Cole Worsley 1:49.65

13. John Kirk 2:18.70

100-yard freestyle

19. Chance Peterson 1:02.05

20. Charlie Griffiths 1:02.19

21. John Kirk 1:03.81

32. Adam Richardson 1:18.37

33. Brandon Corey 1:20.34

400-yard freestyle relay

13. MCHS 4:00.25

50-yard freestyle

17. Chance Peterson 26.66

23. Charlie Griffiths 28.02

33. Brandon Corey 34.01

36. Adam Richardson 35.08

100-yard backstroke

20. John Kirk 1:12.81

25. Chance Peterson 1:23.92

28. Adam Richardson 1:42.40

29. Brandon Corey

500-yard freestyle

16. John Kirk 6:34.43

100-yard IM

30. Charlie Griffiths 1:14.93

400-yard medley relay

17. MCHS 5:41.93

It's still early.

The Moffat County High School boys swimming team didn't qualify any swimmers for the state championships in its first competitive meet of the 2009 season Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

They didn't win the meet - MCHS placed sixth out of seven teams - and they captured just one first-place finish in 22 events.

Nevertheless, Bulldogs coach Patti Worsley deemed the meet a success.

"The kids swam really well," she said.

"They all improved their times, and Cole set a new (MCHS) record in the 200-free. It was a very competitive meet with some really good teams. It was fun."

Cole Worsley's time of one minute, 49.65 seconds earned the Steamboat Springs resident a second-place meet finish in the event and bested his previous MCHS record set a year ago.

The senior also won the 50-yard butterfly by nearly two seconds compared to the next closest competitor, finishing the two laps in 23.86.

"Cole swam really well for how he was feeling," Patti Worsley said. "He gutted it out the first day."

But, the defending 4A state champion in the 50-yard freestyle couldn't overcome it both days.

"He didn't swim the second day, so the boys had to step up," Patti Worsley said. "They did a good job. I'm proud of how they competed."

MCHS sophomore Chance Peterson finished in the top 20 in three events, the 50-yard backstroke (16th), 100-yard freestyle (19th) and the 50-yard freestyle (17th).

"What was the most impressive was that when Cole couldn't swim, the boys had to fill in the relay slots," Patti Worsley said.

"So, Charlie (Griffiths) went and swam the 100-fly after never swimming the 100-fly in his whole life, and they got through the whole relay without being disqualified and that made me really happy. That's hard to do when all the guys are swimming in events they aren't used to."

The 400-yard freestyle relay team knocked two seconds off of last week's finish, clocking in at 4:00.25, inching closer to the 3:51.00 needed to advance to state.

"My goal, and their goal, is to get qualified in the 4x100 relay," Patti Worsley said, "and I think they can do it."

The team will get another chance in its next meet April 11 in Loveland.

Start time has yet to be determined.

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