Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, swims the backstroke in the MCHS pool. MCHS boys varsity swimmers swam some of their best times this season April 30 in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs will swim in the only MCHS home meet this year at 3 p.m. Friday.

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Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, swims the backstroke in the MCHS pool. MCHS boys varsity swimmers swam some of their best times this season April 30 in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs will swim in the only MCHS home meet this year at 3 p.m. Friday.

MCHS swimmers post personal bests in Grand Junction

Results

Top individual results from the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team’s meet April 30 in Grand Junction:

(Name — event — time)

• Moffat County — 200-yard medley relay —1:53.99

• Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 1:40.54

• John Kirk — 200-yard freestyle — 2:09.33

• John Kirk — 100-yard backstroke — 1:06.75

• Colter Tegtman — 50-yard freestyle — 25.09

• Zack Almer — 100-yard freestyle — 1:03.00

As the season dwindles down, the Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team continues to churn out personal bests.

The Bulldogs swam April 30 in Grand Junction, and many swimmers had one of their best meets, head coach Meghan Francone said.

“We didn’t match up well with number of swimmers, but we swam great,” she said. “They have been training and working hard this past week to make a late push to qualify for state.”

While no new swimmers qualified for the 4A state meet, many of the boys put themselves in position to reach the time by the end of the season, Francone said.

Junior John Kirk had his personal best in the 200-yard freestyle, 2 minutes, 9.33 seconds, as well as the 100-yard backstroke, 1 minute, 6.75 seconds.

“John is only three seconds off the 100-yard backstroke state qualifying time,” Francone said. “He has some work to do in the 200-yard freestyle, but he is making good gains and taking time off every meet.”

Freshman Colter Tegtman, who has improved throughout the season, swam the 50-yard freestyle in 25.08 seconds. The 4A state qualifying time is 23.9 seconds.

Francone said problems with Tegtman’s shoulder has held him back, but she is confident he can get the time he needs.

“Colter really wants to qualify for state,” she said. “With a shoulder injury, he is only practicing with half a stroke. He needs to be healthy, then he can get where he wants to be.”

Seniors Charlie Griffiths and Justin Prosser posted personal bests in the 100-freestyle as well.

Francone said one of the best performances was from freshman Zack Almer.

Almer hardly knew how to swim at the beginning of the season, Francone said.

In Grand Junction, the freshman swam the 100-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 3 seconds.

“Zack had one his best swims of the season in Grand Junction,” Francone said. “To go from barely being in a pool before the season to improving this much is fantastic.”

The Bulldogs will compete in the only MCHS home meet of the season at 3 p.m. Friday.

As the league and state meet approaches, Francone said the team will start to taper down workouts.

Francone said the home meet is one of the few times her swimmers get to compete in front of their friends and family.

“With swimming, we have to travel a lot and usually it is far away,” she said. “Some of the parents can’t make all the meets, so at our home meet, the guys get to have the immediate support from their family.

“We are excited to see how the season wraps up.”

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