Districts is in the books.
State is on the docket.
The Durango High School girls swim team used a number of good results to finish runner-up at Districts last weekend at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
Montrose, based on its advantage off the diving board, was crowned district champion.
Durango, which doesnt field divers, finished second, about 100 points behind Montrose, DHS interim head coach Christina McMunn said Tuesday afternoon. She said there were about 15 teams in the field.
That was semi-expected, McMunn said of the Demons runner-up. Montrose has a really strong senior team. ... We have a few really strong seniors, too, but we just couldnt quite pull it off.
McMunn singled out freshmen Rydell Stottlemyer and Brooke Kniffin for their effort at Districts.
Stottlemyer swam a personal record 1:00.76 in the 100-yard freestyle, while Kniffin really came to the forefront for us with a strong swim in the 200 individual medley. She came close to a state-qualifying cut with her 2:43.02 and seventh-place swim in the IM.
McMunn praised her teams depth from seniors to freshman, and almost without exception we finished in the top 16 to reach the finals (top eight) or consolations (top 16).
DHS had 21 of its 25 swimmers qualify for Districts, and the Demons were without state-qualifier Haley Cotgageorge, who missed the meet because of illness.
Sophomore Hannah Chapman and senior co-captain Kayla McCarthy finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 500 free.
I was really pleased with that, McMunn said.
The relay teams, McMunn said, performed exceptionally, as theyve done all season long.
McMunn has yet to decide on her swimmers for the Demons three state relays: the 200 medley and the 200- and 400-free relays.
Among the Demons 16 state qualifiers, Katie Armbrecht and Erika Pitcher Pagosa Springs students who swim for DHS because the Pirates dont have a swim program will swim the 200 free and 200 IM (Armbrecht) and the 50 free and 100 butterfly (Pitcher).
Chapman will swim the 200 IM and the 500 free.
Cotgageorge will swim the 100 backstroke.
Also competing at this years state meet: Kelsea Anderson, Lauren Dody, Danielle Erickson, Robin Fox, Bonne Matheson, Jamie Pannell, Brennan Stottlemyer and Jordan Warren.
This is where it gets fun, McMunn said. Weve put in the work, had some difficult times inside and outside the pool; weve dealt with all the difficulties. This is where it gets fun.
DHS will leave Thursday for Loveland, where the state meet will take place Friday and Saturday.