Craig Sea Sharks swim well at home meet |

Craig Sea Sharks swim well at home meet

Nate Waggenspack
Molly Neton and Jaci McDiffett, left, swim at the ABC Open on Saturday in Craig. In the girls 13-to-14 100-yard butterfly, the pair placed third and second in their heat, respectively.
Nate Waggenspack

— The Craig Sea Sharks were hoping for some fast times at their home meet during the weekend, and across the board, members from the youth swimming team came through.

Hosting the ABC Open on Saturday, the Sea Sharks had swimmers in every age group swim Seasonal State qualifying times and record top finishes.

The boys 8-and-younger medley relay team started the meet off with a win, as Treyton Jacobson, Owen Gifford, Hudson Jones and Travis LeFevre picked up the victory in the 100-yard relay.

During the summer swimming season, as during the high school seasons, competitors must swim their races under a certain time in order to qualify for the Western Slope Championships or the Seasonal State meet.

Jones and Gifford also did well individually, swimming the 25-yard freestyle in 20.02 and 22.58 seconds, respectively, both Seasonal State qualifying times.

On the girls side, Megan Neton was first in the 25 free and second in the 50 free, hitting the state standard in each event.

Owen Allen had a big day in the boys 11 to 12 division, qualifying for state in the 100 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 200 breaststroke.

“All our kids work really hard,” coach Meghan Francone said. “We’re not surprised that they’re doing this.”

Kelsey McDiffett’s 3:34.40 in the 200 individual medley was good for third place and a Western Slope qualifier. In the 15-and-older age group, Erin Fagan swam a 3:03.15 and Chris Kling a 2:55.41, both state qualifiers.

Kling, a swimmer for Moffat County High School, took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a seasonal state time, behind teammate Jesse Kurz (28.02) and Brenden Carta (28.75), an MCHS swimmer from Steamboat Springs who becomes a rival during the summer.

“The swims have been really good so far,” Francone said. “Now we have to come up with another good day.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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