Delta High School's swim team has a new coach and a home meet win to begin the 2016 portion of its schedule. The Panthers outscored Montrose 342-341 to claim a win at home. A team from Central/Palisade was the third team competing in swim competition last Saturday.
The Panthers, under new coach Karoline Roome, finished first in four events and placed second in five others.
Roome, a former Delta Panther athlete, holds many of the records posted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Roome is excited about returning to Delta to coach swimming. "I know many of the swimmers in the program and enjoy working with them."
Panther swimmers who earned first place finishes on Saturday included Leandre Whelan (100 butterfly), Abigail Vigil (500 freestyle), Olivia McCracken (100 backstroke) and Whelan in the 200 freestyle.
Second-place finishers included Naomi Hayner (100 butterfly), McCracken (100 freestyle), Kendra Hillman (100 backstroke), the 200 freestyle relay team (Hayner, Vigil, McCracken and Hillman) and the 200 medley relay (McCracken, Hillman, Hayner and Vigil).
There were six third-place finishes by the Panthers at Saturday's home meet. Individual third-place finishes went to Megan Huggett (100 freestyle), Sami Wollert (100 backstroke), Hillman (200 freestyle) and Kaylee Dunham (200 individual medley).
Two relay teams, the 200 freestyle and 200 medley, placed third. Members of the 200 freestyle team included Cassie Waters, Huggett, Whelan and Dunham. Team members for the 200 medley relay team included Huggett, Dunham, Whelan and Waters.
Delta is at Gunnison on Friday, Jan. 8, with competition in the beginning event set to start at 4 p.m.