Moffat County swimming takes wins at Front Range meet
The times are falling for Moffat County High School boys swimming as athletes picked up some higher placements in their latest meet.
The large-scale Jeffco Invitational April 19 and 20 in Arvada provided considerable competition for the Bulldogs. As one of the smallest schools in attendance, MoCo went in for the meet’s junior varsity races, a gambit that paid off with speedy results.
During the Friday preliminaries, Cody Evaristo recorded his quickest time this season in the 100-meter freestyle at 58.81 seconds, a finish that would be the best of the weekend in the JV event, although he did not swim in the Saturday finals.
Conversely, Nathan Cooper placed first during the finals of the 50 free (26.10), fourth overall with three other contenders setting the pace during the prelims. In the same race, David Prescott hit his season best (26.19) for sixth overall, while Chayton Owens also reached his lowest time at 30.28.
Prescott’s sixth-place 1:17.71 in the 100 breaststroke also was his swiftest of the season, which Evaristo set a new mark with fourth in the 200 free (2:14.93).
At sixth, the four swimmers placed better in the 200 medley relay (2:05.87 in prelims), yet their seventh-place group effort in the 200 free relay (1:50.55) was their best yet of the year.
“We had some great cuts and boys applied some new techniques that they have been working on in practice,” said coach Meghan Francone.
After the Front Range meet, MCHS swimmers will stay on the Western Slope with the D-51 Invite this weekend in Grand Junction.