Durango is right where it wants to be, for now.
"We swam very, very well," Durango High School boys swimming co-head coach Jordan Parker said Friday night from Montrose.
"We're only seven points behind District 51, and they've got twice as many kids as we do," Parker said of the District 51 conglomerate that includes Fruita Monument, Grand Junction, Grand Junction Central and Palisade.
Cherry Creek leads the seven-team Montrose Invite with 376 points after Day 1.
District 51 has 270 points, and Durango has 263 points.
"We're always impressed coming up here and competing and holding our own," Parker said. "We had some good, good swims (Friday)."
DHS junior Taylor Sallee finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a state-qualifying time, and he took second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Younger brother freshman Carl Sallee finished second in the 200-yard butterfly.
Kalen Dear swam a personal best in the 100-yard freestyle.
Parker credited great swims to her team's Pagosa Springs swimmers: senior Dylan Caves and freshmen Keegan Caves, Dane Murdock and Austin Miller.
Dylan Caves finished third in the 50-yard freestyle.
Keegan Caves set a personal record by 2 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.
Murdock swam a personal best, and Miller "really toughed it out in the 1,000 free," said Parker, a former collegiate swimmer.
"I mean, I can't even do it."
Durango qualified two relay teams for next Saturday's Coaches Invitational at Loveland: the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
"That's eight swimmers there," Parker said. "Hopefully we'll add some more (today)."
Parker said the Demons' 200 medley relay "demolished" the school record by 2.1 seconds.
"We knew we were going to do well here ... it's just great to actually see them do well after a day of school and traveling," Parker said. "We're looking forward to (today) after a good night's sleep.
"We're hoping to be in second place by (the end of today)."