The meet might have been over after the first event.
Despite missing eight swimmers and two days of practice this week, the Durango High School girls swim team dominated
Montezuma-Cortez High School 1004.5 points to 443.5 in Saturday's 11th-hour dual.
The meet, which was thrown together at the last minute according to DHS head coach Jordan Parker, started with some
technical difficulties, delaying the start. The extra time didn't seem to affect the Demons, as they swept the first
event of the day, the 200 medley relay.
The winning just kept on coming.
DHS swept the second event, the 200 free, with Katie Ambrecht touching the wall first with a time of 2 minutes, 09.56
seconds, just ahead of teammate Sheyanne Hunsinger.
Anne Marie Pettinato emerged on top in the DHS-dominated 50 free with a time of 27.10.
Anne Marie swam really well (Saturday). This is only her second year swimming, and she just keeps improving," Parker
said of the junior.
Pettinato also won the 100 free.
Parker also was impressed by Jordan Warren, who set a personal best in the 100 free, and Ana Michel Apted, who was
swimming in her first meet after joining the Demons later in the season.
Ally Yeager also did really well (Saturday) in the 50 free," Parker said.
Many of the Demons were allowed to pick the events they wanted to swim, and some were put in events they weren't as
The girls had a lot more input in what they wanted to swim (Saturday). I think it made the meet a lot more fun for
them," Parker said. Durango won every event en route to its landslide victory. Durango also took the top three
spots in eight of the 12 events. The outnumbered Panthers, overall, were happy about their first dual meet of
We had no disqualifications on the day so that was huge for us," Montezuma-Cortez head coach Maggie Thomson said.
We did great (Saturday), so I'm pretty happy."
Thomson said that both Amie Boren and Jaynee Brock swam less than 30 seconds in the 50 free, which was a bright spot
for the team.
Despite the lopsided result, the Demons found the meet to have some unexpected challenges. With eight girls absent
because of illness or holiday travel, the team didn't have as many A-relays, thus making it difficult to post any
state-qualifying times. The interrupted practice week, due in part to Wednesday's bomb scare, also provided a
They swam well (Saturday), but it was hard to stay motivated," Parker said of the inconsistent practice schedule and
It was an alright day," said Hunsinger, who won the 500 free. With a lack of competition I know it makes it hard
for me to push myself, and I know we could have done better (Saturday)."
The team will have to content itself with more time off going into the two-week Christmas holiday. Parker said she
would hold optional practices at the Durango Community Recreation Center over the break and encourage the girls to
You just have to go with it," Parker said of the time off. Some girls will respond to it and others won't, we'll
see where we are after break."