Durango swimming keeps kicking strong

DHS girls victorious in Cortez

Saturday’s performance wasn’t quite as mind-blowing as Friday’s, but it wasn’t far off.

The Durango High School girls swimming team won Saturday’s quad meet in Cortez with 410 points to complete a weekend sweep.

Grand Junction was second with 393, followed by Fruita Monument with 26 and Montezuma-Cortez with 230.

The Demons qualified for state in two more events after qualifying four times in three events at home Friday. Hannah Chapman qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the race in 1 minute, 14.83 seconds, while teammates Haley Warren and Catherine Dellinger finished third and fifth, respectively.

The relay team of Brooke Kniffin, Chapman, Haley Cotgageorge and Annie Mummery, already qualified in the 200 medley, beat the qualifying time for the 400 freestyle relay, winning in 3:57.60. The quartet swam a qualfying time for the second consecutive event to win the 200 medley, as well.

Mummery and Kniffin went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke again, as well, and Kniffin won the 200 free to cap another strong showing. Chapman narrowly missed qualifying for state in another event, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:06.35, just .05 seconds slower than the cutoff.

Bryn Joyner, a member of the fifth-place 200 medley relay team, was second in the 100 free, while Cotgageorge picked up a third-place finish in the 500 free.

Katie Pannell finished fourth and Anna Chambers sixth for Durango in the 200 individual medley. Dellinger and Kaitlin Barela were third and fifth, respecively, in the 50 free, while Bonne Matheson and Sarah Lawton finished fourth and fifth in diving. Dellinger added a fifth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, while Haley Warren was third.

Durango’s three 200 freestyle relay teams finished third, fourth and fifth, while DHS added a fourth-place finish to go with a win in the 400 free relay.


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