A taste of new waters

Durango Swim Club introduces eight new members at its home meet

The Durango Swim Club had a chance to show the home crowd what it is made of.

For some, the club’s home meet Oct. 22-23 at the Durango Community Recreation Center was the first to show off their new skills in the water.

The DSC added eight new members to its roster:

Sophia Adamski, 10, daughter of Annette and Mike Adamski;

Marie Davis, 9, daughter of Ginny Davis;

Kenzie Galloway, 7, daughter of Elizabeth Galloway;

Ari Lawson, 8, son of Kristen Lawson;

Emily Mattox, 7, daughter of Alisson Mulolland;

Anna McCulloch, 8, daughter of Peggy McCulloch;

McKenzie Rion, 7, daughter of Janette and Steve Rion.

“I was very impressed with how well each swimmer handled themselves in their first meet,” DSC assistant coach Bobbie Hamilton said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “They looked as though they have been swimming all along.”

As for the more-experienced DSC swimmers, it was a chance to improve upon their last meet early October in Aspen.

Hannah Chapman, 16, didn’t waste a breath in the five matches she swam.

“She proved you can swim when you are tired,” DSC coach Suzanne Schieltz said in the news release.

Chapman placed second in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke. Chapman is the daughter of Mike Chapman.

Wiley Corra, 8, hadn’t competed with the club in two years; but he didn’t forget how to swim.

“I’m amazed at how well he did. What a great meet,” said Janet Corra, the eight-year-old’s mother. Andy Corra is Wiley’s dad.

A sibling duo was on hand, too. Katie Pannell, 16, placed sixth in the 100 free and 100 breast and fifth in the 500 free. Pannell is the daughter of Jim and Kathy Pannell.

Her brother Tommy, 13, swam his way into first place in both of his events, the 100 and 200 breast.

Megan Piccoli, 17, daughter of Tracey Piccoli, “dedicates most of her time to swimming and helping out our younger age group swimmers,” Schieltz said. Her love for the sport has paid off. Piccoli shaved 3 seconds off her time in the 100 fly and 30 seconds off her 400 IM.

Eliza Rossi, 9, is learning the ways of the water. She participated in a few events she doesn’t normally swim: the 200 free, 50 fly, 100 breast and the 100 free.

Her younger brother Wyeth has been advancing in the junior group and placed first in the 50 breast, 50 free and 50 back.

The Rossi’s parents are Karin and Steve Rossi.

“It’s really nice to see my kids succeed at a sport I love as well,” Steve Rosi said in the news release.

Jennifer Schadt, another junior club member, made significant time drops in the 100 breast and 100 back.

“I am so proud of her this weekend,” her mom, Deedee Schadt, said.

Brody Smith, 5, is one of the youngest swimmers on the team.

“He has a huge heart and a big smile and improves daily,” Schieltz said.

Smith, son of Nancy and Tam Smith, dropped 10 seconds in the 25 free. He also competed in the 50 back.

Alma McKown, 13, daughter of Barbara and Randal McKown, swam personal bests in all of her events, and she dropped from 2 seconds to 1 minute from her times in some events.

“Her dedication to the sport will pay off in the long run,” Schieltz said.

Jackson Paine, 16, son of Mike Paine, improved in all of his events – the 100 free, 100 breast, 50 free and 500 free.

“It’s nice to see him compete for the swim club. He is so involved in school activities he doesn’t always get to make it to meets, but he improved so much last year,” Schieltz said.

The DSC has tryouts all year from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If interested, call Schieltz at 779-8643 or email her at suzanneschieltz@hotmail.com.