At this stage of the game, there's no shame in bowing out of the state tournament after Day 1.
The smallest of schools at the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 5A Girls Swimming Championships,Durango High School was bounced from the big dance at the Edora Pool Ice Center on Friday in Fort Collins.
I don't think because we're not coming back (today) is at all an indication of how well we did this year," Demons
coach Jordan Parker said of Day 2 of the state tournament. It's so hard up here.
These girls competed against teams that had some 40 qualifiers," Parker said.
Not to mention Olympic hopefuls.
Regis has an Olympic hopeful on its team, and Parker suspects the state championship will come down to Regis and Cherry
Creek High School, both teams with more than 100 swimmers on their rosters.
It's going to be close between them," Parker said. I think it will be a push between each of them."
Parker said it was amazing for me to watch," but the Demons will be returning home today.
DHS competed in two individual events and three relays, but none improved on their previous best times set earlier this
I always tell the girls, 'Don't let that get you down,'" Parker said. We went undefeated (during the regular season)
this year and were District champions, then you come up here and it's 'Who is Durango? Where are you guys from?'
Just getting to state is such an accomplishment, and they swam well. They did what they could do."
Sheyanne Hunsinger swam her final meet at DHS, competing in the 500 free.
That's always sad," Parker said of the senior's final swim. Sheyanne's last swim meet. It's bittersweet, but she did
Ericka Pitcher, a Pagosa Springs High School student who swims for DHS, competed in the 50 free.
The rest of the Demons at the state meet were: Jamie Pannell, Haley Cotageorge, Hannah Chapman, Bonne Matheson, Jordan
Warren, Rydell Stottlemyer, Brennan Stottlemyer, Anne Marie Pettinato, Kayla McCarthy, Lauren Dody and Katie
DHS competed in the medley relay, 200 and 400 free relay.
Even though we're a small team, we are a presence," Parker said.