High on chlorine, Montrose beats DHS in the pool

Not exactly a performance-enhancing drug, but it works for the Montrose Indians’ swimming program.

After Friday’s girls swimming meet at Montrose was delayed because of elevated chlorine levels in the pool, the Indians went out and swept the competition.

Montrose beat Durango and nine others in a two-day meet at Montrose on Friday and Glenwood Springs on Saturday. Durango finished runner-up, 520.5 points to the Indians’ 656.

“All the girls really persevered,” DHS head coach Christina McMunn said in an email to The Durango Herald.

McMunn ticked off Katie Ambrecht, Hannah Chapman, Haley Cotgageorge, Brooke Kniffin, Katie Kroening, Bonne Matheson and Sydney McMunn, who dropped four seconds off her 100-yard breaststroke time, as weekend highlights.

Ambrecht, Chapman, Kniffin and Kroening combined to win the girls 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay both days.

Chapman won the 1,000 free Friday in Montrose and Saturday in Glenwood Springs. She finished second in the 400 individual medley and third in the 100 IM on Friday.

On Saturday, she won the 400 IM, third in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 100 IM.

Durango’s only other victories on the weekend came from 14-year-old freshman Maddison Hoven, who scored twin wins in the 50 breaststroke.

Kniffin finished runner-up in the 50 backstroke and “destroyed the 5A time in the 100 backstroke,” coach McMunn said.

Ambrecht finished third in the 50 butterfly adn 400 IM.

Kroening finished third in the 50 free and 500 free.

Jordan Warren finished third in the 50 breaststroke behind Hoven.

Cotgageorge finished third in the 200 butterfly.

In relays, the Demons’ 400-yard medley relay team of Ambrecht, Chapman, Cotgageorge and Kroening finished runner-up, and their 200 medley of Ambrecht, Matheson, Kniffin and Kroening finished third.