Steamboat Springs Cole Worsley immediately made his presence felt on the Moffat County High School boys swim team.
In the first meet of the year, the Steamboat Springs freshman qualified for the Class 4A State Swimming Championships in the 100-meter freestyle. In his second meet, he qualified in the 50-meter freestyle.
Worsley swims for the Bulldogs because Steamboat doesn't offer swimming as a varsity sport.
"He hasn't swam those events a whole lot in the meets," Moffat coach Patti Worsley said. Patti Worsley is the first-year coach for the Bulldogs and is Cole's mother. "You can only put a certain number in events during meets, so he doesn't get many opportunities to swim in those events because most of my swimmers are new swimmers."
The shorter 50 and 100 freestyle events are the easiest for newcomers, forcing Cole to swim more difficult events, such as the butterfly.
He nearly qualified for state in that event, as well.
"He should do very well at state," Patti Worsley said.
Cole Worsley qualified for state in the 50 free with a time of 26.0 seconds. He needed to swim 26.63 seconds or faster. He swam a 59.43 to qualify in the 100 free. He needed to swim 59.44 seconds or faster.
Since qualifying, however, Worsley has turned in times closer to the 52-second range in the 100 free. The state meet is May 19 and 20 in Fort Collins and will take place in a pool measured in yards, not meters.
Moffat County also is close to qualifying its 200-meter freestyle team. Worsley, fellow Steamboat swimmer Cody Poirot and teammates Andrew Aultman and Tyler Kalsow were nine-tenths of a second from hitting the state standard.
Patti Worsley is optimistic the group will qualify at the regional meet May 12 and 13 in Montrose.
"I'm tapering them for that," she said.