Moffat County swimmers racing with vigor |

Moffat County swimmers racing with vigor

Athletes nearing state qualifying times

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
The members of the Moffat County High School boys swim team line up on the starting blocks to dive into the waters of the MCHS pool. The Bulldogs competed in a dual meet March 28 with the District 51 team, placing second overall, with Jesse Kurz winning the 50-yard freestyle.
Andy Bockelman

The Moffat County High School boys swim competed March 28 in a dual meet at El Pomar Natatorium of Colorado Mesa University with the District 51 combined team of Fruita Monument, Grand Junction, Palisade and Central High School athletes.

The D51 Griffins won on overall points, with 682.5 to Moffat County’s 233.5, but Bulldog swimmers had a number of highlights, including Jesse Kurz winning the 50-yard freestyle event, clocking in at 24.17 seconds.

Teammates Jacob Briggs and Daniel Rockwell placed fourth and seventh in the same race, with respective times of 28.58 and 35.09.

The 400 free relay team of Kurz, Briggs and Steamboat Springs swimmers Brenden Carta and Sean Portman were second at four minutes, 7.07 seconds, while the 200 free relay of Kurz, Briggs, Carta and Chris Kling was disqualified due to a false start, negating a time that coach Jeff Wert said would have qualified the foursome for state.

The 200 medley relay team — Kling, Kurz, Portman, Carta — was third with a 2:02 even.

Kling tied for the bronze in the 100 backstroke — 1:11.96 — and was fourth in the 200 free — 2:16.75.

Rockwell placed third in the 100 breaststroke, closely followed by Wes Atkin in fourth, the two boasting times of 1:30.68 and 1:34.97. Briggs also took third in the 100 freestyle at 1:06.19, with Atkin seventh at 1:25.50.

Portman was third in the 200 individual medley, 2:10.69, while Carta was fourth in the 100 butterfly, 1:10.29.

The team will next swim April 11 at the Grand Junction Invitational.

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