Youth swimming is served

Summer and swimming go hand in hand, and the Durango Swim Club got its summer off on the right foot in its first long-course meet of the summer June 8-10 in Cortez.

The club took a contingent of swimmers age 12 and under westward under the tutelage of age-group coach Bobbie Hamilton while head coach Suzanne Schieltz helped some of the more senior swimmers prepare for a key meet the next weekend in Grand Junction.

Another contingent swam last weekend in Ouray.

“I am really impressed with Bobbie’s creativity during practices; she is a huge motivator for her swimmers as well as an amazing coach when it comes to details,” Schieltz said of Hamilton.

Under Hamilton’s tutelage, eight-year-old Angela McManus swept the 25-meter freestyle, 100 individual medley, 25 breaststroke and 50 free events in Cortez, while 10-year-old Miles Bronson finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 50 backstroke, 100 free and 100 back.

Other participants singled out for their performances were Haley Benjamin, Steevie Delio, Jocelyn Earl, Madelyn McManus, Rebecca Schmidt, Soma Smith and Mina Willemin.

“It was so much fun to be there outside with all my friends,” Madelyn McManus said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

The meet was just the second for Smith.

“The thing that surprises me about Soma is she swims so much fastern in the meets,” Hamilton said. “It’s really impressive.”

It was the first meet for six-year-old Edie Erwin.

“I was so proud of Edie,” Schieltz said.

The Durango Swim Club holds tryouts throughout the summer from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center. For more information, call Schieltz at 779-8643.