Brenden Carta swims the 200-meter freestyle at the Moffat County High School swimming pool Saturday at the Bulldogs' home meet. Carta won the event, one of two victories for the Bulldogs against Montrose.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Brenden Carta swims the 200-meter freestyle at the Moffat County High School swimming pool Saturday at the Bulldogs' home meet. Carta won the event, one of two victories for the Bulldogs against Montrose.

Moffat County swimming loses dual to Montrose

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Jesse Kurz competes in the 100-meter backstroke Saturday at Moffat County High School.

Top finishes for Moffat County swimmers

200 medley relay

2. Moffat County

200 freestyle

1. Brenden Carta

2. Bryce Tuttle

5. Curtis Bowser

50 freestyle

2. Cody McDermott

4. Tanner Snyder

5. Dean Wagner

6. John Hulstine

100 butterfly

3. Brenden Carta

100 freestyle

1. Chris Kling

2. Jesse Kurz

3. Bryce Tuttle

4. Dean Wagner

400 freestyle

14. Curtis Bowser

200 free relay

2. Moffat County A

5. Moffat County B

100 backstroke

2. Jesse Kurz

3. Chris Kling

5. John Hulstine

100 breaststroke

2. Cody McDermott

4. Tanner Snyder

400 free relay

2. Moffat County

— The Moffat County High School boys swim team is not a state contender or a Western Slope Titan this season, but the Bulldogs represented themselves well against Montrose High School in a home dual meet Saturday.

With top swimmer and senior Matt Hulstine out of town, the Bulldogs were not at full strength. The result was a 137-99 victory for Montrose against the smaller Moffat County squad.

Head coach Meghan Francone said there was plenty to be happy about.

“They did well. We had some great performances,” Francone said. “Our younger swimmers, they were giving wake-up calls to the older swimmers, letting them know if they don’t put in the work, come time for state, they won’t be there.”

Moffat County sports a young team this season, composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores. Some haven’t swam competitively before, Francone said, but they are a team in every sense.

“I did this for condition for basketball,” freshman Jesse Kurz said about joining the team. “We’re like a family right now, though. None of us are doing it to beat the other guys; we’re doing it to push each other.”

Kurz took second in the 100-meter backstroke and freestyle at the meet, two of several top finishes for Moffat County. Brenden Carta won the 200-meter freestyle, and Chris Kling took the 100-meter free to give the Bulldogs two victories on the day.

Francone was thankful for Montrose traveling to Moffat County so the Bulldogs could host a meet and was impressed with her swimmers.

“For (the younger swimmers) to be pushing some of our older athletes is phenomenal,” she said.

Moffat County swims next April 12 and 13 at Montrose. The team has five more meets before the state competition.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

Comments

swimcoach 1 year, 8 months ago

I want the community to know that what Nate stated in his story about the swim team not being a state contender was very wrong. Neither coach feels that way, it was a gross misinterpretation on his part. Every athlete has within themselves to achieve whatever goal they set for themselves. Yes, we have a young team with a varying abilities, but we do have talent to make state times on our relays as well as our individual events. These athetes train hard every single day and they deserve more kuddos than the paper gave them. And for the record, the swim teams have 2 head coaches, not just one as the paper misleads the town to believe.

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