Despite posting a couple season-best times, the Durango High School boys swim team couldn't quite muster a finals qualifier during preliminaries at the CHSAA Class 5A State Swimming Championships at EPIC in Fort Collins.
The results did little to diminish coach Jordan Parker's enthusiasm about the 2010 season. The Demons had just six swimmers at the meet competing in various events.
"It was awesome," she said. "We had a great day, but states are just really difficult for us."
Teale Kitson came the closest to advancing, finishing just two spots out of finals contention in the 100 backstroke.
Taylor Sallee, despite not advancing, set a personal best in the 200 individual medley by roughly three seconds, finishing in 2 minutes, 3.79 seconds.
Kitson finished 23rd and Sallee 22nd in the 100 freestyle. Carl Sallee swam the 100 butterfly, missing out on his personal best by a half-second according to Parker.
"Carl had some kind of play at school (Thursday) night, and he didn't get up (here) until about midnight," Parker said. "Given the circumstances, he did really well."
The Demons competed in all three relay events, posting a season-best of 1:48.77 in the 200 medley. The medley swimmers were Kitson, the Sallees and Kalen Dear.
"All in all it was a good finish to the season," Parker said.