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Moffat County swims fast again at state

Nate Waggenspack

Dalton Kendall pushes through the water Friday at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins. After qualifying for the finals Friday, Kendall swam a 22.29, two-tenths of a second better than he had swum before, to win his consolation final heat Saturday.

In his final individual swimming event of his high school career, Dalton Kendall made it count.

The Moffat County senior had swam the ninth-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle in the preliminary round of the 4A state swimming championships Friday, earning himself another chance to swim the sprint. On Saturday, he showed the ninth-place swim was no fluke, again cutting time off his best effort and winning the consolation final heat.

Kendall finished in 22.29 seconds, nearly two-tenths of a second better than his best time of the season, the 22.48 he swam Friday. It was the third straight 50-yard freestyle in which he swam a personal record.

The boys 200-yard freestyle relay also improved Saturday. That team had not been expected to make the finals based on their times entering the state meet, but it qualified in the 16th and final spot Friday before placing 15th Saturday. The Bulldogs’ team of Kendall, Chris Kling, Brenden Carta and Jesse Kurz didn't move up because another team had a bad day. Moffat County chopped more than a second off its time from Friday's prelim, swimming a 1:37.22.

Moffat County went to the state meet with one of the smaller contingents there in 4A. But the Bulldogs did not shy away from the moment, hitting individual and relay bests in every event, each time they swam.

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