Worsley wins state title in 50-yard freestyle
Steamboat senior places second in 100 fly at swimming championships
Loveland — It’s not often a state champion is disappointed.
But it’s not often a swimmer such as Steamboat Springs High School senior Cole Worsley – who swims for Moffat County – graces the high school ranks.
So even after Worsley didn’t reach his goal of winning two individual state titles at the Class 4A State Swimming Championships in Loveland on Saturday, the normally stoic Worsley took time to finally smile a little bit at his accomplishments.
With a title in the 50-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly Saturday, Worsley wrapped up one of the most decorated swimming careers in Moffat County High School history.
“I’d say I’m pretty disappointed in not winning (the 100),” Worsley said. “But I did get first in the 50, I guess.”
With the win in the 50, Worsley now has two state titles and two runner-up finishes. He won the 100 butterfly last year and finished second in the 50 freestyle.
The day started out well for Worsley. Seeded first in the 50, Worsley did what most thought he would. He went wire-to-wire in the event, finishing in 21.22 seconds, slower than the 21.05 on Friday that gave him the Class 4A state record.
“I had a bad swim,” he said about the 50. “I thought I’d take off time. It’s good going in first, I guess.”
After sitting for more than 45 minutes while the diving finals wrapped up, Worsley took to the pool in the 100 butterfly. He came in seeded second, just behind Lewis-Palmer freshman Ryan Arata.
With Arata in lane four and Worsley in lane five, the showdown was set.
After the first 50, Worsley was in third. But he started to open things up. With 25 yards left, the two were neck and neck, but at the finish, Arata just edged Worsley by finishing in 50.82 seconds.
Worsley finished in 50.98 seconds.
“He did a great job,” said Patti Worsley, Moffat’s coach and Cole’s mom. “He’s a state champion, and he got the record. It’s been great. I’m going to start crying. But it’s been wonderful.”
Although Cole admitted the loss in the 100 butterfly was upsetting, he’s got bigger things on the horizon. Cole will begin his collegiate career at the University of Denver next year, where his brother, Blake, just finished as an All-American.
“I’m pretty psyched about (winning two state titles),” he said. “I guess I’m on to bigger and better things now. But I’m really psyched for the next four years. I get to swim with some people. I’m psyched for college. I’m living the dream.”
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