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State swim meet hosted by Craig Sea Sharks goes swimmingly

Local youth team places 4th among size division

Craig Sea Sharks' Travis LeFevre gets ready to flip around for another lap during the 200-meter freestyle at the Seasonal State Meet in Craig.
Andy Bockelman

Craig athletes, coaches and volunteers dove right in when it came to making a big swimming event one that showed a sense of pride in the area.

With about two dozen teams attending, the Seasonal State Meet hosted by Craig Sea SharksCraig Sea Sharks was bustling like the Great Barrier Reef with more than 100 races swum by teams from across Colorado Friday through Sunday. was bustling like the Great Barrier Reef with more than 100 races swum by teams from across Colorado Friday through Sunday.

Craig Sea Sharks was bustling like the Great Barrier Reef with more than 100 races swum by teams from across Colorado Friday through Sunday.

While Gunnison Stingrays collected the most overall points to claim the large team division, the home squad Sea Sharks placed fourth among those in the medium bracket, with 16 youth swimmers in the Craig Pool Complex.

Craig’s highlights included Wyatt Mortenson placing second in the 400-meter individual medley for boys 13 to 14, while Sea Sharks had seven third-place honors: Jacob Briggs in the boys 15 to 18’s 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Kelsey McDiffett in the girls 13 to 14’s 100 backstroke and 100 and 200 breaststroke; the boys 8 and under 100 free relay team of Nathan LeFevre, Milo Gifford, Eli Francone and Patrick Neton; and the girls 18 and under 400 medley relay quartet of Jaci McDiffett, Kelsey McDiffett, Molly Neton and Alexa Neton.

Additionally, Nathan LeFevre and Eli Francone raced against older kids, taking special exhibition honors in which they were among the only 6-year-olds, Nathan winning both the 50 and 100 free in his age and Eli third in the 50 free.

Owen Gifford, Hudson Jones, Travis LeFevre, Noah Mortenson, Sarah Johnson and Megan Neton rounded out the rest of the roster of Craig kids to hit the water.

“We always want to do our best for state, and they were tapered for it,” head coach Meghan Francone said. “It was also wonderful to be in our home pool and to be used to the blocks and walls and turns. Not a lot of newness. They did have a lot more people in their pool, and that was new.”

“Wonderful” was also what she used to describe the quality of help organizing the event, receiving positive remarks from other coaches.

“That’s such a wonderful compliment,” she said.

James Neton was among the volunteers who helped things go smoothly from recording times to keeping swimmers on track to announcing and playing music. An Olympic format and activities including early morning relays, concessions and a dunk tank kept the three-day meet fun for everyone.

Though a lightning scare nearly forced an early cancellation of the last session Sunday, James said the poor weather dissipated “just in time” to let them finish the remaining races.

“It ended on a good note, and we got rave reviews for the venue and the park,” he said. “When the kids come to compete and swim hard, it’s always a good meet.”

Craig Sea Sharks Seasonal State Meet results

Swimmer(s), Event — Time, RankingSwimmer(s), Event — Time, Ranking

Swimmer(s), Event — Time, Ranking

BoysBoys

Boys

6 and under6 and under

6 and under

Eli Francone, 25-meter backstroke — 31.78, 4

Eli Francone, 25-meter freestyle — 36.99, 5

Eli Francone, 50-meter freestyle — 1:25.56, 3

Nathan LeFevre, 25-meter backstroke — 34.84, 5

Nathan LeFevre, 25-meter freestyle — 25.98, 2

Nathan LeFevre, 50-meter freestyle — 1:00.55, 1

Nathan LeFevre, 100-meter freestyle — 2:10.95, 1

8 and under8 and under

8 and under

Eli Francone, 25-meter backstroke — 31.78, 16

Eli Francone, 25-meter freestyle — 36.99, 27

Eli Francone, 50-meter freestyle — 1:25.56, 21

Milo Gifford, 25-meter backstroke — 35.35, 18

Nathan LeFevre, 25-meter backstroke — 34.84, 17

Nathan LeFevre, 25-meter freestyle — 25.98, 18

Nathan LeFevre, 50-meter freestyle — 1:00.55, 16

Nathan LeFevre, 100-meter freestyle — 2:10.95, 16

Patrick Neton, 25-meter backstroke — 36.32, 20

Patrick Neton, 25-meter freestyle — 26.43, 21

Nathan LeFevre/Milo Gifford/Eli Francone/Patrick Neton, 100-meter freestyle relay — 2:05.58, 3

9 to 109 to 10

9 to 10

Owen Gifford, 50-meter freestyle — 39.30, 5

Hudson Jones, 50-meter butterfly — 47.97, 5

Hudson Jones, 100-meter freestyle — 1:29.14, 8

Hudson Jones, 100-meter individual medley — 1:49.69, 8

Hudson Jones, 200-meter individual medley — 3:49.57, 4

Travis LeFevre, 50-meter backstroke — 53.30, 16

Travis LeFevre, 50-meter freestyle — 43.79, 17

Travis LeFevre, 100-meter backstroke — 1:54.05, 8

Travis LeFevre, 100-meter freestyle — 1:41.04, 18

Travis LeFevre, 200-meter freestyle — 3:41.76, 14

10 and under10 and under

10 and under

Eli Francone/Travis LeFevre/Hudson Jones/Patrick Neton, 200-meter medley relay — 4:34.38, 4

Owen Gifford/Hudson Jones/Nathan LeFevre/Travis LeFevre, 200-meter freestyle relay — 3:29.37, 5

11 to 1211 to 12

11 to 12

Noah Mortenson, 100-meter freestyle — 1:32.32, 12

Noah Mortenson, 400-meter freestyle — 6:35.36, 7

13 to 1413 to 14

13 to 14

Wyatt Mortenson, 100-meter freestyle — 1:18.40, 13

Wyatt Mortenson, 400-meter individual medley — 7:02.02, 2

Wyatt Mortenson, 1,500-meter freestyle — 22:57.53, 4

15 to 1815 to 18

15 to 18

Jacob Briggs, 50-meter freestyle — 28.45, 3

Jacob Briggs, 100-meter backstroke — 1:11.70, 3

Jacob Briggs, 100-meter freestyle — 1:04.89, 5

Jacob Briggs, 200-meter freestyle — 2:29.02, 9

18 and under18 and under

18 and under

Jacob Briggs/Owen Gifford/Wyatt Mortenson/Noah Mortenson, 400-meter medley relay — 6:57.37, 5

GirlsGirls

Girls

9 to 109 to 10

9 to 10

Sarah Johnson, 50-meter freestyle — 40.78, 13

Sarah Johnson, 100-meter individual medley — 1:51.66, 15

Megan Neton, 50-meter backstroke — 47.82, 8

Megan Neton, 50-meter butterfly — 52.90, 10

Megan Neton, 50-meter freestyle — 40.78, 14

Megan Neton, 100-meter backstroke — 1:48.66, 12

Megan Neton, 100-meter freestyle — 1:34.56, 15

Megan Neton, 100-meter individual medley — 1:49.12, 13

13 to 1413 to 14

13 to 14

Kelsey McDiffett, 50-meter freestyle — 33.65, 10

Kelsey McDiffett, 100-meter backstroke — 1:27.95, 3

Kelsey McDiffett, 100-meter breaststroke — 1:34.57, 3

Kelsey McDiffett, 100-meter freestyle — 1:13.16, 7

Kelsey McDiffett, 200-meter backstroke — 3:00.45, 4

Kelsey McDiffett, 200-meter breaststroke — 3:25.83, 3

Kelsey McDiffett, 200-meter freestyle — 2:45.04, 7

Kelsey McDiffett, 200-meter individual medley — 2:57.86, 4

Kelsey McDiffett, 400-meter freestyle — 6:03.36, 8

Alexa Neton, 50-meter freestyle — 35.03, 14

Alexa Neton, 100-meter backstroke — 1:33.32, 13

Alexa Neton, 200-meter backstroke — 3:12.64, 11

Alexa Neton, 200-meter freestyle — 2:53.53, 14

Alexa Neton, 200-meter individual medley — 3:13.97, 14

Alexa Neton, 400-meter freestyle — 6:06.12, 10

15 to 1815 to 18

15 to 18

Jaci McDiffett, 100-meter backstroke — 1:24.82, 12

Molly Neton, 50-meter freestyle — 33.80, 13

Molly Neton, 100-meter backstroke — 1:22.80, 8

Molly Neton, 100-meter butterfly — 1:39.02, 8

Molly Neton, 100-meter freestyle — 1:14.72, 13

Molly Neton, 200-meter backstroke — 2:59.46, 8

Molly Neton, 200-meter freestyle — 2:49.14, 14

Molly Neton, 200-meter individual medley — 3:07.64, 11

Molly Neton, 400-meter freestyle — 6:16.52, 18

Molly Neton, 1,500-meter freestyle — 24:20.73, 10

18 and under18 and under

18 and under

Jaci McDiffett/Kelsey McDiffett/Molly Neton/Alexa Neton, 400-meter medley relay — 5:58.03, 3

Molly Neton/Kelsey McDiffett/Alexa Neton/Jaci McDiffett, 400-meter freestyle relay — 5:04.75, 4

— Sea Sharks placed fourth among medium-sized teams.— Sea Sharks placed fourth among medium-sized teams.

— Sea Sharks placed fourth among medium-sized teams.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.


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