Craig Matt Hulstine didn’t feel at his best in the preliminary swims at the state meet Friday but was looking forward to swimming fast in the finals Saturday.
But the Moffat County senior’s career was cut short Saturday morning when he ended up in an emergency room.
Head coach Meghan Francone said Hulstine had another eye infection after recovering from one more than a month ago. Francone said some water had gotten inside Hulstine’s goggles while swimming Friday, which might have aggravated something in his eye.
“Matt is not a quitter,” she said. “He would absolutely be swimming if there was any way he could. He just can’t swim, and I’m so disappointed for him.”
Hulstine was scheduled to swim in the consolation finals of the 200-yard individual medley and the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke. Although he qualified seventh in the breaststroke Friday in preliminaries, he had the fastest time in the event all season and was one of the favorites to win entering the meet.
Before the eye infection, Hulstine already was recovering from illness and a dislocated finger in the week leading up to the state meet.
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