Everybody gets wet in last home meet
Things were quiet until the final event Saturday at the swim dual between Moffat County and Durango.
A 9 a.m. start may have kept fans away from the final home swim meet of the season, but it didn’t stop the Bulldogs from having some fun in a 105-69 win.
In the final event of the day, the Moffat and Durango 400-meter freestyle relay teams went back-and-forth throughout.
In the final leg of the relay, Moffat’s Robert McClellan couldn’t hold off Durango’s anchor by .05 of a second. Regardless of the winner, everybody was on their feet down the homestretch.
“It’s fun to see the guys who don’t normally get the glory have a chance,” senior Chris Compton said. “That’s what this meet is for.”
The final home meet of the season also is all about the seniors throwing the coach in the pool — a MCHS tradition. This year, coach Jim Vorhies and Dave Fix took the dive. No one in street clothes was safe from the water. The team managers, Vanessa Murray and Clarrissa Dilldine, were thrown in along with the Craig Daily Press sports reporter.
The day was bittersweet for Vorhies as he watched a senior class (a class that includes his son Zach) that he is close to swim its final home meet.
“It’s sinking in right now,” Vorhies said.
“It’s going to be hard when this ends.”
The Bulldogs ended their regular season with seven first-place finishes in the dual.
Seniors Blake Worsley, Nick Ruckman and Compton teamed with freshman Tyler Kalsow to win the 200-medley relay in a state qualifying time of 2:07.45.
Vorhies was complementary of his two freshmen, Kalsow and Andrew Aultman.
“They made great progress,” Vorhies said. “They’ll be something.”
Other first-place finishes were: Worsley in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Ruckman in the 100 butterfly; the 200 freestyle relay team (Ruckman, Compton, Worsley, McClell-an); Compton in the 100 backstroke.
Worsley originally was sched-uled to swim the 500 freestyle, but he would have none of that.
“This was a fun meet,” he said. “I wasn’t going to do the 500.”
Junior diver Aaron Kawcak earned his first win of the season with a personal best score of 145.95.
The performance was one point better than Friday.
“I’ve got the dives down.Now it’s time to perfect them,” Kawcak said.
“I’ll work hard this week to prepare for next week.”
Other top three finishes for the Bulldogs were: 200 medley relay (Aultman, David McClellan, Shane Dodge, Devin Gillette); R. McClellan, third in 200 freestyle; Comp-ton, second in 50 freestyle; R. McClellan, second in 100 butterfly; Aultman, third in 100 freestyle; D. McClellan, third in 500 freestyle; 200 freestyle relay (Abram Balloga, Dodge, Aultman, Joe Hayes) third; R. McClellan, second in 100 breaststroke; D. McClellan, third in 100 breaststroke.
Next week, the swim team is in Grand Junction for the Western Slope champion-ships.
The tournament is a two-day affair Friday and Saturday.
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