Swimmers get a chance to shine at 'home'

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— Moffat County swimmers Cole Worsley, Kyle Steitz, Cody Poirot and Greg Ingalls are hoping for some hometown support Saturday, and it would be nice to hear a few cheers from the Craig fans, too.

The four swimmers are from Steamboat Springs, but they swim with the Moffat County team during the spring season because Steamboat doesn't offer a high school program.

On Saturday, when the Bulldogs face Montrose in a dual meet, it will be the closest the Steamboat swimmers will come to competing at home. The meet will begin at 11 a.m. in the high school's pool. It will be the team's only home meet of the season.

"This is a big meet for our swimmers," coach Patti Worsley said. "We are hoping to get a lot of support from both Craig and Steamboat."

The 12-member Moffat County swim team includes eight swimmers from Moffat County and the four dedicated Steamboat swimmers who have been making the 45-minute drive to Craig for team practices at least twice a week this spring.

Several members of the team have made state qualifying times, including Cole, who has made the cut in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. Moffat County's Tyler Kalsow also has made the cut in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

Worsley said Steitz also is close to making the cut in the 100-yard backstroke, along with several of Moffat County's relay teams. It's something she hopes the members of the team can accomplish at home this weekend. The state meet will take place in Fort Collins in May.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 132-112 win against Summit County on Saturday.

Cole's time of 58.16 seconds in the 200-freestyle and 1:52.89 in the 100-yard butterfly gave him first-place finishes in both events.

Moffat County's Andrew Aultman won the 100-freestyle with a time of 57.55 and was followed by teammate and Steamboat Springs swimmer Ingalls in second at 1:04.33.

Steitz, Ingalls, Poirot and Worsley teamed up to win the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well.

-The Craig Daily Press contributed to this article.

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