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Boys swimmers anticipate return to state

The Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming team, front row, from left, manager Laurel Tegtman, Cody McDermott, Matt Hulstine, Brenden Carta and Colter Tegtman. Back row, from left, Curtis Bowser, Spencer Hebert, Chris Kling and John Kirk.
Joshua Gordon

Team at a glance ...

Coaches:

• Meghan Francone

• Anita Reynolds

Senior:

• John Kirk

Returning state

qualifiers:

• Senior John Kirk

• Junior Matt Hulstine

• Sophomore Colter Tegtman

Swimmers to watch:

• John Kirk — “Everybody that knows him knows he’s a phenomenally well-rounded individual. We’ve got high hopes for him on the relays. He’s worked his butt off thus far and will continue.”

• Matt Hulstine — “He’s very good at the breast (stroke). He has expectations beyond (Colorado High School Activities Association) swimming, and he’s got every capability of meeting those.”

• Colter Tegtman — “Technique is a big thing, and Colter can really pull it out when he wants to, but it’s something we have to keep up in practice.”

Schedule ...

Remaining 2012 Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming schedule:

(Time — date — place — host/opponent)

• 4 p.m. — March 23 — away — Montrose High School

• 10 a.m. — March 24 — away — Grand Junction High School

• 9:30 a.m. — April 14 — away — Montrose Invitational

• TBA — April 20 — away — Jeffco Invitational

• TBA — April 21 — away — Jeffco Invitational

• 3 p.m. — May 4 — home — Moffat County Invitational

• 4 p.m. — May 11 — away — Western Slope Championships

• 9:30 a.m. — May 12 — away — Western Slope Championships

Team at a glance …

Coaches:

• Meghan Francone

• Anita Reynolds



Senior:

• John Kirk



Returning state

qualifiers:

• Senior John Kirk

• Junior Matt Hulstine

• Sophomore Colter Tegtman

Swimmers to watch:

• John Kirk — “Everybody that knows him knows he’s a phenomenally well-rounded individual. We’ve got high hopes for him on the relays. He’s worked his butt off thus far and will continue.”

• Matt Hulstine — “He’s very good at the breast (stroke). He has expectations beyond (Colorado High School Activities Association) swimming, and he’s got every capability of meeting those.”

• Colter Tegtman — “Technique is a big thing, and Colter can really pull it out when he wants to, but it’s something we have to keep up in practice.”

Schedule …

Remaining 2012 Moffat County High School boys varsity swimming schedule:

(Time — date — place — host/opponent)

• 4 p.m. — March 23 — away — Montrose High School

• 10 a.m. — March 24 — away — Grand Junction High School

• 9:30 a.m. — April 14 — away — Montrose Invitational

• TBA — April 20 — away — Jeffco Invitational

• TBA — April 21 — away — Jeffco Invitational

• 3 p.m. — May 4 — home — Moffat County Invitational

• 4 p.m. — May 11 — away — Western Slope Championships

• 9:30 a.m. — May 12 — away — Western Slope Championships

There must be something in the water at the Moffat County High School swimming pool.

While there are only eight boys on her squad this year, coach Meghan Francone said what the roster lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality.

“We’re known for always bringing our A game, and we may not have big numbers, but we definitely have the heart,” she said.

Francone said the new additions to the team have been a “wonderful asset” to returning swimmers like senior John Kirk, junior Matt Hulstine and sophomore Colter Tegtman, each of whom qualified for state last season.

“We graduated a lot of boys last year, but I’m glad to have them back,” she said of the returning swimmers.

As the only senior in the pool this year, Kirk serves in a leadership role.

“I’ve been captain before, so I’ll be taking it up again,” he said. “It’s mostly helping the younger guys work on their strokes, and I’ve been doing this for long enough that I can help them accomplish it. We’ve got some younger guys who are doing well and a kid from Steamboat who’s going to be really strong.

“Overall, it’s going to be a building year, but it should be good,”

Kirk qualified in multiple relay events last season, including both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle.

“We didn’t finish that well last year, but I think if we really put our hearts into it, we can do better this year,” he said. “I’ve been doing weight-training and cardio.”

Tegtman has also put special preparation in for this season. A shoulder injury last year prevented him from being at the top of his game.

“We’re still getting cleaned up and ready for the season,” he said. “I’d definitely like to improve on my times, and just make sure my shoulder doesn’t hold me back. John’s really good as a leader and getting everyone to follow his example. He’s just a good role model.”

Tegtman said that while he always strives to be at his best in the water, his main concern is more relaxed.

“I swim solely for fun,” he said. “It’s always a plus to place well, but I do it for fun.”

The team won’t swim at home competitively until May, when the MCHS Invitational will bring teams from locations like Montrose, Glenwood Springs and Gunnison.

“We’ve never had this many teams come to us before, so I’m very excited about that,” Francone said.

“I hear other coaches complain about problems within their team and I just can’t complain because I have a very tight group,” she said.

“We spend a lot of time in the pool and on the road together, so we have to be close.”


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