MCHS freshman places at state meet |

MCHS freshman places at state meet

Joshua Gordon

Matt Hulstine, front, and John Kirk swim laps during a Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming practice last month. Hulstine, a freshman, finished 15th in the 100-meter breaststroke at the May 21 and 22 state meet in Loveland.

Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School freshman, has three years left in his swimming career.

So far, however, that career is off to a good start.

Hulstine placed 15th in the 100-meter breaststroke at the May 21 and 22 state meet at Mountain View High School in Loveland.

He swam the breaststroke in 1:03.08, besting the MCHS record he set earlier this year by two seconds.

"He was the only freshman in the finals of that race," coach Megan Francone said.

Hulstine also swam the 200-meter individual medley in 2:12.58.

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He qualified for the 100-meter butterfly as well, but contestants can only race in two relays and two individual races at the meet, so Hulstine decided against the butterfly race.

The boys swimming team also took two relay teams to the state meet — the 200-meter medley relay and 200-meter freestyle relay.

The medley and freestyle relays, which consisted of Hulstine, sophomore John Kirk, junior Charlie Griffiths and senior Curtis Ellgen, finished 26th and 27th, respectively.

The freestyle relay finished with a time of 1:43.29. The medley relay came in at 1:58.64.

Junior Aaron Byram was going to race in the medley relay, but was scratched because of an illness. Ellgen stepped took over his spot.

"Ellgen really helped improve his times and helped his team out when they needed him," Francone said.

While the boys weren't able to place at state as a team, Francone said she was proud of her swimmers.

"They were all able to better themselves out in the water," she said.

Out of the five who took part in the state meet, only one was a senior, and Francone sees that as a plus for next season.

"We have an extremely young team this year," she said. "We are only losing two seniors (Ellgen and diver Nick Glispy).

"So, next year we hope to get our times down and take more people to state with the experience that we will have."

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