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Freshman swimmer has ‘impressive state meet’

Elwood Shelton

Moffat County High School swimmer Chris Compton scooted to a 14th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, providing the only points the swim team would score in Fort Collins at the state meet over the weekend.

“Chris had an impressive state meet, especially as a freshman,” coach Jim Vorhies said. “It was a good experience for him and the other two freshman we qualified.”

The other two freshmen, Zach Vorhies and Kellan Moore, qualified on the three relay teams the Bulldogs sent: the 200-medley relay, 200-freestyle and the 400-freestyle.

The three relays all stayed close in their races but were knocked out in the preliminaries. This also left seniors Parker Moore and Randy Runyan, who qualified for state, high and dry in helping the team score points.

The team also saw disappointment in the diving event after junior Jerry Davis came down with a fever. Davis was running a temperature between 102 and 103 degrees when he mounted the board for the first round of diving. The junior was shaking when he started his dive and was unable to qualify for finals.

“I probably wouldn’t have let Jerry dive in the finals if he would have made it,” Vorhies said. “He was extremely sick and it wouldn’t have been a good idea for him to continue to compete.”

The Bulldogs will lose a total of 3 seniors but the hole left by those departing will be quickly filled. Vorhies said he expects a sturdy crop of freshmen to be added to the already seasoned Moffat County team, with the newcomers hailing from every point of the local compass.

“We’ll, of course, have a bunch of kids coming up from Craig,” Vorhies said. “But we’ll also have kids coming in from a bunch of the towns around us like Meeker, Rangley and others around the area.”

Vorhies said he is also confident in what his return swimmers have to offer.

“We’ve got a team of kids who’ve seen what state is like,” he said. “And that will only help our program grow.”

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