MCHS boys swimming finishes well at state meet |

MCHS boys swimming finishes well at state meet

Ben Bulkeley

MCHS boys swimming results

From the state meet in Loveland, May 15 and 16

Name, event, time, place

Cole Worsley, 50-yard freestyle, 21.05, 1st

100-yard butterfly, 52.82, 2nd

Relay team, 200-yard relay, 1:39.11, 19th

400-yard relay, 3:42.62, 22nd

Although the Moffat County High School boys swim team will be losing the 4A swimmer of the year, the team still has reason to look forward to next year.

Senior Cole Worsley, of Steamboat Springs, is graduating, and the team will be looking to its younger athletes to make waves next year.

With freshman John Kirk, sophomores Chance Peterson, Adam Richardson and Charlie Griffiths, the team will have a solid core for next year.

The relay team of Kirk, Peterson, Griffiths and Worsley had a pair of top-25 finishes in the 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 yard relays.

What made the meet so special, however, is that the boys’ times had improved each week heading in to the state meet, coach Patti Worsley said.

“The relay team dropped their time in the 4-by-50 by two seconds, and by four seconds in the 4-by-100,” she said. “Overall, the team finished 19th in the 4-by-200 and I think 22nd in the 4-by-400 – they weren’t far-off from the semi-finals.”

During the state meet Friday and Saturday in Loveland, Kirk managed to shave three seconds off his personal best time.

“I think we all did really well,” Kirk said. “We all beat our previous best time – I’m happy with the improvements I had during the season.”

Next year, Kirk said he wants to compete in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard fly.

“I just need to keep working and qualify for state,” he said.

Peterson said he thought the team had swam better before, but the results still were positive.

“I don’t think we skipped our fastest times,” Peterson said. “But, we did pretty good.”

During the summer, Kirk and Peterson will continue working on matching kicks, strokes and turns.

“I’m definitely going to push myself,” Peterson said.

Kirk said the competition at the state meet was the best they had seen all summer.

“It was a blast – I had a great time,” Kirk said. “We gave our hardest effort. There were a lot of really good swimmers for the other schools.”

But, Coach Worsley said she was impressed with the Bulldogs’ effort.

“I’m so happy – the boys all did great,” Worsley said. “Cole came in first in the 50-yard free and second in the 100-yard fly. I think he was one-tenth of a second off.”

One of the positives was having the younger athletes experience the biggest stage.

“They all got experience,” Worsley said. “They got to see what it was like, and they all did a great job.”

Worsley said the team next year would be especially young, with Cole Worsley and fellow senior Brandon Corey graduating.

“It’s going to be a little team to start next year,” she said. “But, they’re young and developing. They did so well this year, it will help them for next year.”

More time in the pool also will help the team prepare for next season, Worsley said.

“Some will continue to swim year round,” she said. “I think a couple of the boys on the team will swim with the Sea Sharks this summer, which will really help them.”

The task of replacing the swimmer of the year is not lost on the younger Bulldogs, however.

“It was fun,” Kirk said about the past season. “But, next year, we’ll have to step it up.”

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