Moffat County High School swimmers show well in their own pool
Back-to-back home meets proved to be successful outings in the pool Friday and Saturday for the Moffat County High School boys swimming team.
Swimming at home, the team turned out winning individual and relay team efforts.
“The boys all swam really well,” coach Patti Worsley said. “They all dropped their times. I was really proud of them.”
On Friday, the five-man Bulldogs squad competed against 20 swimmers from Grand Junction.
Outnumbered, the Bulldogs didn’t fare well as a team, Worsley said, but they were able to turn in some good individual performances.
“We had five kids,” Worsley said, “and they had 20. That makes a big difference.”
Cole Worsley, a senior from Steamboat Springs, broke a 24-year-old school record in the 200-meter individual medley.
He finished in 2:20.96, besting Tim Osborne’s 1985 record of 2:23.03.
Worsley also qualified Friday for state in the 100-meter fly.
Chance Peterson took second place in the 50-meter free, finishing in 28:58, and teammate Charlie Griffiths finished third in the same event, in 29:86.
John Kirk finished the 200-meter free in third place with a time of 2:24.56.
Senior Brandon Corey also finished Friday with his best times in two events – 35:84 in the 50-meter free and 1:24.49 in the 100-meter free.
The relay team, composed of swimmers Kirk, Peterson, Griffiths and Cole Worsley, also showed well Friday.
They finished the 200-meter relay in 1:53.24, qualifying for state, and the 400-meter relay in 4:18.61, a second off qualifying for state.
Things got better – much better, in fact – for MCHS a day later.
On Saturday, the team competed against Glenwood Springs, again at the MCHS pool.
The odds were a little more even Saturday – Glenwood had four swimmers.
The Bulldogs won eight of 10 overall events Saturday, and they won the meet by a score of 90-58.
Peterson finished in first place in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles; Kirk finished first in the 200- and 400-meter freestyles; Worsley finished first in the 100-meter fly and the 100-meter backstroke; and the relay team finished first in the 200-medley and 400-free relays.
This week, the team will start preparing for the regional meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Montrose.
State competition takes place later this month in Loveland.
Worsley said she’s proud of how her team performed Friday and Saturday and is looking for bigger things come state time.
“I’m very pleased,” she said. “They have been working very hard, with no rest. : I expect them to do really well at state, when they’re rested.”
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