Moffat County boys swim team picks up multiple state times in 1st meet since 2019
It’s been nearly three years since Moffat County last had a boys swimming team, but the program has returned with a splash, to say the least.
MCHS boys competed in their first meet of the spring this past weekend, recording state-qualifying results in four events, in what was also the first meet for Bulldog aquatic athletes since 2019.
While coach Melany Neton was looking to keep the energy of the girls winter team, a small roster for the boys season looked like it would limit the upcoming season.
However, she learned of two Steamboat Springs swimmers — Tyler Stone and Stovin Briggs — who were looking to be part of a team.
“Tyler swam for his high school in Denver but couldn’t in Steamboat because they don’t have a high school team,” Neton said. “They moved to Steamboat in August and reached out to see if he could swim for Moffat. I found out there were two boys from Steamboat that wanted to swim. With the addition of Tyler and Stovin, we were able to have a team.”
The team wasted no time proving their capabilities, excelling during the two-day Montrose Invitational, during which Briggs won Friday’s 100-yard butterfly race with the fastest time of any swimmer either day, 57.27 seconds.
The time in the fly easily beat the 1:01 state standard for 4A boys, but it wasn’t the only state time they’d achieve.
Stone placed third and posted a 2:16.76 in Friday’s 200 individual medley to qualify for state, and things kept going well on the second day.
Briggs took the silver medal in Saturday’s 200 freestyle, finishing 1:56.67 to surpass the 2:00 state time, while Stone earned second place with a state-worthy 5:31.61 in the same day’s 500 free.
Neton said the showing was phenomenal, as was the promise of the group races to post state times soon.
“Our relays are just three seconds away,” she said.
Bulldog relays’ best Friday finish was in the 200 medley, with MoCo’s Travis LeFevre leading off in the backstroke, Stone swimming the breaststroke, Briggs the fly, and Caedmon Anderson ending it with the freestyle to place fifth at 2:05.27. The same quartet also took fifth in Saturday’s 200 free relay at 1:52.7.
In Friday’s 50 free race, Briggs also took second, with Anderson 19th and Gabriel Klingbeil 20th; LeFevre seventh in the 100 free; and Stone fifth and LeFevre eighth in the 100 backstroke.
The following day, LeFevre cut significant time in his backstroke, three seconds faster at 1:10.55 to place fifth, as well as taking eighth in the 50 free, in which Stone took third.
Briggs also earned second in Saturday’s 100 free, within one tick of a state time at 54.03, with Anderson taking 14th.
MCHS will next compete this weekend at Colorado Mesa University’s El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction.
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