Craig Sea Sharks end season on positive note
Craig Sea Sharks results from July 31 to Aug. 2 at Colorado Seasonal Club Championships in Fort Morgan
200 meter IM/2:40.52/8
100 yard fly/1:13.83/8
100 yard freestyle/1:03.41/13
200 yard breaststroke/2:58.83/11
500 yard freestyle/ /6:19.30/11
50 yard free/28.86/10
100 yard breast/1:22.09/10
1650 yard freestyle/21:19.70/4
100 yard freestyle/1:01.18/21
200 yard breaststroke/2:33.43/2
200 yard butterfly/2:26.16/3
100 yard breaststroke/1:13.67/8
100 yard backstroke/1:13.08/14
100 yard backstroke/1:24.72/7
100 yard freestyle/1:11.36/9
50 yard freestyle/31.79/9
50 yard backstroke/38.40/5
200 yard freestyle/2:37.04/6
25 yard backstroke/25.86/13
Despite swimming in a new age group for the last meet of the summer, Matt Hulstine managed to surprise.
Swimming for the Craig Sea Sharks during the Colorado Seasonal Club Championships from July 31 to Aug. 2 in Fort Morgan, Matt, 15, was able to do what he has done all summer – compete.
Matt, who usually swam in the 13- and 14-year-old division, was swimming in the 15- to 18-year-old division.
He was able to finish fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle, second in the 200-yard breaststroke, third in the 200-yard butterfly and eighth in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Despite being one of the younger competitors, Matt was able to impress his coach, former Sea Shark Caitlin Conci.
“He could have swam in the other division, but he chose not to,” she said. “He went in with the older swimmers and did well.”
It wasn’t just Matt who swam well, Conci said.
“I think everyone had a best time in all their events,” she said. “Everyone – Katelyn Peroulis, Nate Cooper – swam well.”
One swimmer really stood out for what she didn’t do.
With a week until the Seasonal Club Championships, Katherine Dodd was on vacation and unable to practice, Conci said.
“She wasn’t able to swim before,” Conci said. “But she still came in and posted best times.”
Peroulis was able to swim her way to a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard backstroke, and Cooper finished 13th in the 25-yard backstroke.
Conci, the first-year coach and current University of North Dakota swimmer, said she was unsure whether she would be able to come back next summer to coach the Sea Sharks.
“I would love to,” she said. “I’m just not sure if I’ll be able to.”
If it was just one lap with the Sea Sharks, Conci said she enjoyed her time with the team.
“I am so proud of all the kids,” she said. “I saw some real improvement in all of them. They set goals and kept working until they reached them.
“They wanted to do well, and they did great.”
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