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Durango Swim Club collects a MAValanche of results
DSC swims to high places in the High Desert

The Durango Swim Club thrice found the highest place at the High Desert Classic in early December.

Casey Hamilton, 12, took first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 2.71 seconds, and Mira Joiner, also 12, won both the 50 and 100 backstroke in 30.62 and 1:07.30, respectively.

“Our powerhouse group of juniors are really up and coming,” swim club head coach Suzanne Schieltz said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “They have put in a lot of work over the last few seasons to get where they are now. We have consistent hard work from these kids, and it’s really showing in their swims.”

Hamilton also finished second in the 50 back, 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

Joyner, who doesn’t normally swim freestyle, qualified for the finals in the 50 free, placing eighth with a personal-best time.

And they weren’t the only swimmers to put up strong times December 7-9 in Albuquerque against 15 other club teams:



Haley Benjamin, 12, dropped 12 seconds in her 500 free race, placing second. She also took fifth in the 200-yard individual medley – another personal best by three seconds – and sixth in the 200 freestyle.



“Hailey is much more a middle distance/distance swimmer and can swim for days without getting tired,” the DSC head coach said.



Steevie Delio, 12, set four new personal bests – in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 100 and 200 individual medley.

Lacey Hoselton swam her first meet in the 13-year-old age bracket and swam personal-best times in six different events, including dropping 20 seconds off her 500-free time.

Mina Willimen and Eliza Rossi, both 10, rounded out the meet’s personal bests. Rossi posted three new top times and a 15th-place finish in the 200 individual medley, and Willimen had two new personal records and placed 23rd behind Rossi in the 200 IM.



“Although we are still needing more swimmers on the team, our group is a solid one that has put their time in and will improve throughout this year and the coming seasons,” Schieltz said. “I am so proud to have kids going to big meets with 200-300 swimmers and placing in the top five. It’s a great feeling as their coach.”



heraldsports@durangoherald.com

Locals swim like Earl

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