Demons dominate the lanes Durango girls swimming team wins 11 of 23 at Montrose

It was Durango Demon domination.

The Durango High School girls swimming team won 11 of 23 events Friday and Saturday at the Montrose High School Girls Invitational in Montrose to splash to an easy first-place team finish with almost 40 points more than its closest competitor.

The Demons finished with 520 points, as they added to their already full pool of state qualifiers. Montrose was second with 481, followed by third-place Glenwood Springs with 420. The rest of the 11 teams finished with less than 350 total points.

It started with continued relay dominance from the first race to last.

The team of Brooke Kniffin, Hannah Chapman, Haley Cotgageorge and Annie Mummery won the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 58.70 seconds, again beating the state-qualifying mark. Then, the same team won the 400-yard medley in 4:26.39. In between the state caps, they won with state qualifying times in the 400 freestyle relay (3:51.54) and the 200 free (1:47.12).

In addition to her team wins, Kniffin won three more individual races – 50 backstroke in 28.6 seconds, 100 free in a state-qualifying 57.68 and the 100 back in 1:03.49 – and she took second in the 50 free in 26.67.

Kniffin was edged out in the 50 free by Mummery, who won in 26.43. Mummery also tallied a few runner-up swims in the 200 back (2:21.11), the 200 free in a state-qualifying 2:07.7 and just behind Kniffin in 1:06.09 in the 100 back.

Chapman got a win in the 200 individual medley in a state-qualifying 2:21.06 before taking third in the 200 butterfly in 2:25.78 and second in the 400 individual medley in 4:58.18 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:42.63.

Cotgageorge won the 100 individual medley in 1:09.58 and took third in the 50 fly in 30.98.

The Demons got one more first-place swim from Madison Hoven, who won the 50 breast in 36.24.

Katie Pannell scored some long-distance points for Durango, too, with a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 free in 13:5.65.

From the 1-meter diving board, Sarah Lawton finished third for the Demons with a score of 134.25 points, just clipping teammate Caroline Tidwell, who scored 133.25.

Durango will break for the holidays, returning for its next meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at Fort Lewis College.