After Friday's strong start, the Durango High School boys swimming team found a way to turn in an even better performance on the final day of Districts on Saturday at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
District 51 finished as team champions with 380 points, followed by Montrose with 340 and DHS with 170.
Senior Teale Kitson added two individual District titles to his résumé, and he did so in style. Kitson set pool and school records in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1 minute, 46.44 seconds to claim the crown.
"He's had a four-year-long rivalry with the kid from District 51, and Teale always seemed to come in second," coach Jordan Parker said. "It was an awesome race to see him win by two seconds and get a personal best."
Kitson went on to shatter the pool record in the 100 backstroke, clipping the previous time by four seconds with his time of 53.57 seconds. The time also was good for a school record.
Carl and Taylor Sallee pushed the DHS state-cut number to 11. Carl Sallee's 57.66 came in .2 seconds under the qualifying time for the 100 butterfly, and Taylor Sallee's personal best of 49.73 bettered the state mark.
The 200 freestyle relay team of the Sallees, Kitson and Kalen Dear, which qualified for state Friday, won Districts on Saturday.
Parker said she's thrilled with the amount of swimmers DHS will take to the state meet Friday and Saturday in Fort Collins.
"I'm very proud of them, and they're proud of themselves," she said. "I'm looking forward to having a bigger state team than I originally thought."
Now, Parker must decide which races her qualifiers can swim. Swimmers are allowed only two relays and two individual races, and a swimmer like Kitson may be qualified for more than the allotted amount.
"It was a really good way to end the regular season," she said.