Despite Farmington’s FCAT swim team leading the Cortez Water Dragons Summer Open by over 100 points after two days, the Durango Swim Club pushed hard to the very end and surpassed FCAT to win the season opening meet on June 2-4.
The Durango Swim Club won with 2,048.5 points, 406.5 points ahead of second-place FCAT, after the combination of short-course and long-course scores.
During the opening short-course session, 60 swimmers competed, and Durango’s 12-and-under swimmers had a strong showing with multiple first-place finishes and personal best times.
Eight-year-old Wylie Woods placed first in the 25-yard backstroke, 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Bodie Fischer, 12, also placed first in both the 100 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.
In the girls’ division, 10-year-old Brinley Duran won the 50 backstroke, 100 IM, 50 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. Ava McKown, 12, won the 100 IM and 100 freestyle.
Other notable finishers on the short course were 8-year-old Hannah England, 7-year-old Piper Bolinske and 10-year-old Katelynn England.
The short-course session ended with the Cortez Water Dragons in first with 510 points, followed by Durango Swim Club in second (338.5).
Over the next two days, 120 swimmers raced on Cortez’s long-course meters pool, giving the Durango Swim Club’s swimmers of all ages a place to shine.
Durango's A relay placed first in the 200 mixed freestyle relay, with Liam Paxton-Horn, Raina Dixon, Olivia Becher and Denny Woods competing.
Wylie Woods won the 50 back, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Hannah England won the 50 freestyle in the 7-8 girls division.
Brinley Duran placed first in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly and the 400 freestyle.
McKown won the 200 backstroke, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Avery Barnett, 11, won the 11-12 division’s 1,500-meter freestyle.
Bear Allport, 12, won the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM.
Fischer touched first in the 100 breaststroke.
In the 13-and-over division, Raina Dixon, 13, placed first in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 1500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle.
Riley Simplot, 13, placed first in the 100 breaststroke and 50 breaststroke.
Denny Woods, 14, placed first in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
Grant Wright, 14, placed first in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle.
Paxton-Horn, 15, won the 1,500 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 400 IM.
Becher, 16, touched first in the 50 butterfly.
Victoria Duran, who will be heading to the NCAA Division II institution Oklahoma Christian University in the fall to swim, won the 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 1,500 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Other notable finishers were 10 and 11-year-old Elise and Ivy Nakamoto, 13-year-old Rhett Brown, 10-year-old Henry Allport and 11-year-old Hadley Bumpers.