Moffat County boys swim team seeks strong result at league championships

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— The Moffat County boys swimming team is heading to its penultimate meet of the season, with high hopes for a full weekend of swimming.

The boys will swim at the Western Slope League Championships on Friday at Colorado Mesa University, with qualifying swimmers moving on and swimming in the finals Saturday.

For the small Moffat County squad, this likely will be the last meet of the season for a few. John Hulstine, Dean Wagner and Bryce Tuttle have not qualified individually or as part of a relay for state but have dropped significant time across the board this season. They will look to continue that trend in their events in Grand Junction.

The rest of the team will travel to state to compete or serve as alternates in the medley relay. But those Bulldogs, even with more swimming to do, still are looking to score big this weekend.

“We want to beat all the personal records,” coach Anita Reynolds said. “The top 16 will return Saturday, so we stand a good chance to have everybody swimming Saturday.”

The swimmers who record a top-16 time Friday in the preliminaries will get to swim again Saturday. For some of Moffat County’s individual swimmers who still have aspirations of making state, returning to swim Saturday could provide a big advantage.

“Brenden (Carta) is close in his butterfly, the 100 butterfly, and Jesse (Kurz) is real close in the 50 free and 100 free,” Reynolds said.

Carta needs to drop a couple of seconds in the butterfly, and he and Kurz are not far off in the 50-meter freestyle. A few seconds there would earn them spots at state, as well.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailyperss.com

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