Moffat County swimmer Jesse Kurz hits state times at league meet |

Moffat County swimmer Jesse Kurz hits state times at league meet

Team places fifth in conference championships, ready for state

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

It looks like Moffat County High School aquatics athletes will be part of a few more races when they attend their highest level of competition coming up soon.

The MCHS boys swim team placed fifth at the Western Slope Conference Championship Meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

No. 5 was notable for Bulldog swimmer Jesse Kurz, as well, as that was how he finished in the 50-yard freestyle. Another number was more prominent in his mind, however.

At 23.30 seconds, Kurz surpassed the state qualifying time for the event in his final opportunity of the year, but it wasn’t his only achievement of the day.

Kurz posted another state-worthy time in the 100 free, again doing so at his last possible chance with 52.75 seconds that gave him fourth place.

The 200 free relay team of Kurz, Chris Kling, Jacob Briggs and Steamboat Springs’ Brenden Carta also took a state time, fourth in all and shaving seconds off their previous peak with a new best of one minute, 40.83 seconds in the preliminary round.

The same group nearly hit the mark in the 200 medley relay, less than one second short of making their goal at 1:58.19.

Also competing hard in their final event of the season were Daniel Rockwell and Wes Atkin.

Qualifiers will head to the 4A State Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton.

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