Top individual results from the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team’s April 23 meet in Glenwood Springs:
(Name — event — time — place)
• Matt Hulstine — 100-yard breaststroke — 1:07.91 — 1
• Matt Hulstine — 100-yard butterfly — 59.34 — 2
• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 1:42.16 — 1
• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay — 1:57.47 — 2
• Colter Tegtman — 50-yard freestyle — 25.46 — 3
• Justin Prosser — 100-yard freestyle — 55.69 — 3
• John Kirk — 100-yard backstroke — 1:07.58 — 3
— MCHS went 1-2 in dual meets.
In the last half of the season, Matt Hulstine continues to push himself in the pool to get better.
A week after qualifying for the 4A state swim meet in the 200-yard individual medley, Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, swam a qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly April 23 in Glenwood Springs.
Hulstine swam the race in 59.34 seconds, beating the 4A state qualifying time of 1 minute, 1.50 seconds.
Anita Reynolds, coach of the MCHS boys varsity swimming team, said Hulstine’s achievements help the whole team.
“It is such an accomplishment for Matt because he is dedicated and puts all the effort in every time he gets in the pool,” she said. “His hard work pays off for him and as a captain of the team, he gets the guys all ready to swim their hardest and make them want to join him at the state swim meet.”
The Bulldogs went 1-2 in dual meets at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool.
MCHS lost 71-68 to Gunnison and 79-51 to Durango, but beat Glenwood Springs, 74-46.
Reynolds said many of the boys were suffering from a stomach illness, but still worked hard.
Freshman Colter Tegtman, one of the swimmers who was ill, took third overall in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.46 seconds.
“It is tough to swim when you aren’t feeling good, but the guys got in and still cut time,” Reynolds said.
Hulstine also won the 100-yard breaststroke, an event he had already qualified for the state meet in, and junior John Kirk took third in the 100-yard backstroke.
Rangely senior Justin Prosser, who swims for the Bulldogs, took third in the 100-yard freestyle.
The 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay placed first and second, respectively.
The Bulldogs will compete Saturday in Grand Junction and then in the team’s only home meet May 6 before they start preparing for postseason meets.
Reynolds said her team is excited for the home meet.
“Our home meet will be big because it gives the guys a chance to swim in front of their home crowd,” she said. “Plus, we swim in a meter pool while many of the other pools are yard pools. That definitely gives us an advantage and it will be interesting to see how the other teams do in it.”
More swimmers will try to cut time in the next two weekends, Reynolds said, in hopes of making the state meet.
“In practice, we aren’t going to let up until the week before districts,” she said. “They are going to have to keep battling and put the work in if they want to make it to state."
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