Every year the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team qualifies swimmers for state, they get treated to homemade macaroni and cheese from coach Meghan Francone’s mother.
This year, five swimmers made sure they would be able to enjoy that meal.
During the Western Slope League championship meet, where MCHS took fourth, the team qualified four swimmers for the May 21 and 22 state meet at Mountain View High School in Loveland.
“I’m really proud of them,” Francone said. “They did what they needed to do.”
The 200-meter medley relay team qualified by swimming under the 1:57 qualifying time. The 200-meter freestyle relay team also qualified by making it under the 1:42 qualifying time.
At first, it seemed many of the swimmers were afraid to step up to the next level, Francone said.
“They had a mental block,” she said. “But they stepped up this weekend.”
Freshman Matt Hulstine qualified for the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly and the 100-meter breaststroke earlier in the season.
“I’m really excited because I worked really hard over the summer and the spring,” he said. “If I make it to the finals in the 100-meter breaststroke, I’ll be happy.”
In addition to his individual events, Hulstine was also part of the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay along with sophomore John Kirk, junior Charlie Griffiths and junior Chance Peterson.
Peterson, however, will not be able to make it to the state meet.
Junior Aaron Byram will replace him in the medley relay and senior Curtis Ellgen will take over in the freestyle relay.
Although he is a senior, it is Ellgen’s first year on the swim team.
“I’ve always been interested in swimming,” he said. “It’s a really good opportunity at state, because many first-year swimmers don’t get to go.”