A third-place team finish and some quality swims at the Western Slope District Championships last weekend in Grand Junction have interim head coach Matt Seagrave excited as the Durango High School boys swim team heads to state this week.
Durango’s 244 points came in behind Grand Junction’s 413 and Montrose’s 388.
“We’re sending eight guys (to state), and I’d say we’ll have eight guys competing in the finals in one event or another,” Seagrave said of the CHSAA Class 4A state swim meet set for Friday and Saturday in Thornton.
Jessie Rubenstein built some momentum heading to state by taking second in both the 200-meter freestyle and 500 free.
He came up just .13 seconds behind winner Kostya Callihan of Montrose in the 200, finishing in 1 minute, 49.66 seconds. He captured second in the 500 in 4:58.60, three seconds behind Max Bryant of Glenwood Springs.
“In the 500 free, his goal was to break 5 minutes sometime at state, and he went 2 seconds under that this weekend,” Seagrave said.
Carl Sallee, who posted the second-best time of the meet in his preliminary run, finished fourth in the 100 butterfly final to go with a fifth-place showing in the 200 free.
Colby White finished second in the 100 backstroke, and Austin Bullock chipped in a fourth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Joshua and Austin Miller went fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 individual medley, and DHS finished fourth in the 400 free relay in 3:30.34.
Seagrave said he also was pleased with the 27.85-second time of Thananpot Rujinunpanich, or “Coco” to his teammates. The head coach said that the goal was for his swimmer to break 28 seconds, and he did so in the final regular meet of the year.
“I was extremely happy with the way our guys performed,” Seagrave said. “They are really happy.”