Swimmers get ready for Western Slope meet
It is the meet that coach Jim Vorhies sees as the event will produce the Moffat County High School boys swimming team’s individual qualifiers the Western Slope Championships.
Orchard Mesa’s pool will be crowded to capacity Friday and Saturday with the bulk of the Western Slope’s swimmers all trying to hit their state qualification times one last time and the qualification-heavy Bulldogs are no different.
Throughout the season the Bulldogs have qualified the most swimmers in Vorhies’ tenure 10 out of a possible 14. To date the team has only qualified three individuals, two being junior divers Jerry Davis and John Shipley and Shipley again in the 50-meter freestyle.
The rest of the swimmers are qualified in the Bulldogs three relays.
“Really I don’t know how many more kids we’ll qualify this weekend,” Vorhies said. “But I’m already happy with what we’ve qualified. It’s a big improvement on last year.”
There are three events Vorhies foresees the Bulldogs finding late-season qualifications in.
He said he’s looking for senior Parker Moore to join Shipley in the 50-meter freestyle along with senior Jeff Olree and sophomore Kyle Eitel finding their qualifications in the 100 breaststroke.
Vorhies also said there’s an off chance that two freshmen may find qualifications in the 100 backstroke. Kellan Moore and Chris Compton both have an outside chance of finding their way to state.
“I really don’t see too many new kids qualifying for state,” Vorhies said. “If we qualify any new individual events it will come from the athletes we’ve already got qualified.”
Whether qualified or not the Bulldogs will be ready for the weekend because they have begun to reduce the amount of time they practice. The reduction of practice is the beginning of the swim team’s taper, which will go into full swing next week leading into state.
“At this point we’re aiming the kids to be ready for state,” Vorhies said. “So we’ll really lay off practice at the start of next week.”
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