Worsley qualifies for event

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Steamboat Springs freshman Cole Worsley qualified for the Junior Olympics during a weekend club swim meet in Denver.

Competing at the large and highly competitive Tops meet, held by the Denver Hilltoppers swim club, Worsley dropped his times in every event he entered Saturday and Sunday.

"He cleaned the clock," coach and mother Patti Worsley said. "I was surprised by how well he did. Every single time dropped ... We are only training three days a week."

Worsley qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.04 seconds. His previous best was 23.59. He also qualified in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming a 51.05. His previous best time was 53.66.

He placed 11th in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 50 freestyle.

"I got my best times in the meet," said Worsley, who was home Thursday after having his wisdom teeth pulled. "My brother also dropped times at this pool, so I think this is a really fast pool. It was one of the better meets I've been to."

Blake Worsley, Cole's older brother, swims for the University of Denver, site of the Tops meet.

Cole Worsley also swam in the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. He dropped nearly five seconds off his previous best 200 freestyle time, swimming a 2:00.99, and he dropped more than 13 seconds off his previous best 100 backstroke time, finishing in 1:03.87.

The Junior Olympics are at the end of February on the DU campus, but Worsley will be in high school swim season by then and doesn't plan to compete. He is looking forward to his first year of varsity swimming.

"I actually get to train with other people," he said. "It's a lot more fun."

Worsley and Cody Poirot are swimming for Moffat County because Steamboat Springs doesn't offer swimming as a high school sport.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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