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Moffat County swimmers end season with state preliminaries

Relay team posts best time

Moffat County High School's Jacob Briggs dives from the starting block for his portion of the 200-yard freestyle relay upon teammate Chris Kling's approach, while Jesse Kurz, blue swim cap, readies for the final portion during the 4A State Championships Friday in Thornton. The Bulldogs swim team, complete with Steamboat Springs' Brenden Carta, was disqualified in the preliminary round due to a false start, otherwise posting their best time. Kurz also swam the 50 and 100 free, though he didn't qualify for the finals.

The Moffat County High School boys swim team made a splash at the 4A State Championships Friday in Thornton, though not quite as big as they needed it to be.

The Bulldogs finished the season with some of their best times to date in three events: the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free and 200 free relay at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

The relay team of Chris Kling, Jesse Kurz, Jacob Briggs and Steamboat Springs' Brenden Carta took a peak 1 minute, 39.26 seconds, though a false start resulted in a disqualification in the preliminary round. Coach Jeff Wert said the number was just shy of putting them in the finals, though it was still an example of their greatest performances.

"It's a great, tight-knit group here, great friends, pushed each other throughout the season," Wert said.

For departing seniors Kling and Carta, the experience was "bittersweet," both hoping to hit the final round after many occasions throughout high school getting to the opener of state.

Kurz and Briggs, a junior and a freshman, respectively, see the new bar as one to surpass next season.

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Briggs was at state for the first time, as well as a rookie in high school aquatics altogether.

"I think we're only going to get better," he said.

Earlier in the day, Kurz swam the 50 and 100, the former of which he competed in last year, though going through three events was a first. He was 29th in the 50 at 23.66 seconds and 38th in 100, 53.32.

Kurz's part of the relay resulted in his fastest 50 ever, 22.86. With any luck, that total will be even lower in spring 2016.

"Practice makes perfect," Kurz said of his ongoing quest to improve in the pool.

As a first-year coach, Wert said he is pleased with the results and has his eye on doing even better in the future.

"I can't wait for next year because we have some really good swimmers coming up," he said.

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