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Sandau, Knight win Narrow Horse swim

Sandau breaks 20 minutes to lead the field
Durango High School graduate Erin Knight, pictured when she signed with Merrimack College this spring, won the Narrow Horse Mile Swim recently. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Thirty-one swimmers from the Durango Swim Club tested their endurance in the Narrow Horse mile swim May 29.

After 1,500 meters racing in the pool, Jake Sandau, 14, finished with the fastest freestyle time. Sandau finished first in 19 minutes, 13.63 seconds, and was the only competitor to break 20 minutes.

Wyatt Hawley, 14, finished second in the men’s 19-and-under heat in 20:39.07, followed by Luke Swenk, 15, (21:21.33), Denny Woods, 13, (21:25.41) and Bear Yount, 7, (43:16.56).

Erin Knight, 17, was the women’s champ and had the second fast time overall. Knight won the women’s 19-and-under race in 20:14.53.

Following Knight were Victoria Duran, 19, in 21:07.45, Linzie Bidart, 12, (22:36:22), Raina Dixon, 12, (22:36.91), Nora Miller, 13, (23:29.17) and Ava McKown, 11, (24:13.79).

Kayla Binggeli (23:00.98) bested Maggie Yount (25:15.04) in the women’s 30-39 race.

Heather Hoechst won the women’s 40-49 race in 21:3.85, followed by Tina Martinez (26:02.75) and Melissa Liebling (28:13.41).

Michelle Blankenship crossed first in the women’s 50-59 race in 31:26.32, and Paula Miller took second in 34:22.55.

In the women’s 60-69 division, Andrea Parker touched first in 25:40.46, followed by Marjorie Brinton (28:05.19) and Lin Reading (42:14.17).

Steve Foster won the men’s 40-49 race in 21:20.60. Trevor Woods (28:48.81) finished second, and Dave Ottman crossed (29:15.34) third.

Daudi Barnes won the men’s 50-59 race in 22:31.02, followed by Rob Downing (23:54.59) and L.G. Gould (28:35.72).

Kyle Collins crossed first in the 20-29 race in 38:34.31, followed by Daniel Gustavson (51:29.56).

In the men’s 60-69 race, Rob Stafford (23:25.61) bested Bruce Mayer (29:08.98).

John Simons, 71, won the 70-and-over division in 26:50.69, crossing ahead of 75-year old Chuck Rock (40:40.99).