MCHS swimmer Matt Hulstine swims to 5th place finish at state meet, relay takes 11th |

MCHS swimmer Matt Hulstine swims to 5th place finish at state meet, relay takes 11th

Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School sophomore, swims in the MCHS pool during practice this season. Hulstine finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 4A state meet Saturday in Grand Junction and helped lead the 200-yard freestyle relay to an 11th-place finish.

Heading into the 4A state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Matt Hulstine said his goal was to break the 1-minute mark in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Hulstine took fifth place in the event at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, and while his official time was less than half a second over a minute — 1 minute, .47 seconds — he said he was nothing but pleased with his performance.

"I felt I swam a good race and I took time off, which is always nice," the Moffat County High School sophomore said. "There was a lot of good swimmers from the Front Range we don't normally see and that helped all the races."

Hulstine's time at the state meet marked the third time this season the sophomore has set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Hulstine held the record coming into the season and beat it early on in Arvada before improving again May 14 during the Western Slope League meet.

The 1 minute, .47 seconds narrowly beat out Hulstine's previous record of 1 minute, .53 seconds.

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Meghan Francone, the MCHS boys varsity swim team head coach, said Hulstine held nothing back in his race.

"Matt gave everything he had and that is all I could ask for," she said. "He should be very proud of his efforts not just in that race, but all season. He is very good at the sport and can do so much with it."

As a freshman last year, Hulstine placed 15th in the same event.

Francone said Hulstine's hard work has allowed him to qualify and place at the state meet both years.

"Everyday Matt comes to the pool and when he gets in, he gives 100 percent," she said. "He has natural ability, but he also applies what he learns. He deserves everything he has achieved."

The 200-yard freestyle relay — made up of Hulstine, freshman Colter Tegtman and seniors Justin Prosser and Charlie Griffiths — took 11th place Saturday.

The team came in ranked 19th, but swam their fastest time of the season — 1 minute, 35.21 seconds.

"We all did great and we all swam our fastest splits," Hulstine said. "We came in and made the finals and we're all really happy. It was state, so we were all excited and our adrenaline was rushing."

Prosser, who commutes from Rangely High School to swim for the Bulldogs, had a 23.7-second split, which would have qualified him for the individual 50-yard freestyle if he would have swam the time earlier in the season.

Francone said the facilities and environment at Mesa State College helped her boys swim their fastest times.

"The event was ran smoothly and athletes were able to warm up and cool down properly," she said. "All the guys parents were there and the stands were packed. It was so energetic in the building it helped to push the guys. We were the underdogs and we came out of lane nine and made it an exciting race."

Hulstine also swam the 100-yard butterfly and Tegtman swam the 50-yard freestyle, but neither placed. The 200-yard medley relay also didn't place.

Looking forward to next season, Francone said she expects "exciting" things from a young team.

"A lot of the guys met and exceeded expectations this season," she said. "As a group, we kept improving and we should have a great team next year."

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Top Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team results from the 4A state meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction:

(Name — event — time — place)

Matt Hulstine — 100-yard breaststroke — 1:00.47 — 5

Moffat County — 200-yard freestyle relay — 1:35.21 — 11

— MCHS finished 20th out of 28 teams

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