Herald Staff ReportThere was no Robert Stafford.
There was no Teale Kitson.
There were Sallees, though.
"It was kind of a Sallee day," Durango High School boys swimming coach Tom Coxwell said.
Taylor Sallee, a senior, won the 200-meter individual medley relay and the 500-meter freestyle, while Carl Sallee, a freshman, won the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly.
Brothers Sallee also swam legs in the Demons' winning 200-meter medley relay and 400-meter freestyle relay.
Taylor Sallee swam the breaststroke in the medley relay, while Carl swam the butterfly. Alex Schweitz swam the freestyle, and Dylan Cave swam the backstroke in the first-place medley relay.
The 400 free relay team also was the Sallees, Cave and Schweitz.
Durango won its home-opening dual 122-77 against Delta on Saturday at the Fort Lewis College pool.
"We struggled, but we made it," Coxwell said. "We were trying to build emotion, but I was looking around, and we were flat.
"We took care of what he had to do. Our boys won; it wasn't pretty, but it doesn't always have to be pretty."
Kyle Odin won the 100-meter backstroke and finished second to Carl Sallee in the 200 free.
Without his two star swimmers, Stafford and Kitson, who are competing in the Western Sectional Championships this weekend with the Durango Swim Club, Coxwell was most impressed with freshmen Dane Murdock and Sallee.
"(Sallee) is going to be setting school records by the time he's a senior in the butterfly," he said.
Durango, with Stafford and Kitson in tow, will compete at the Montrose Invitational next weekend.
"With four Front Range teams and all the Western Slope teams going to be there, we'll find out how good we are or how much work we need to do," Coxwell said.