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Hillman wins 50 yd. freestyle

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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome (left) was emotional with Kendra Hillman's 50 yard freestyle victory last Saturday morning. Hillman's time of 26.90 qualified her for the state meet to be held Feb. 8-10.

Delta High School had a few high finishes in last weekend's swim meet at Bill Heddles Rec Center. One of the most rewarding, for head coach Karoline Roome, was the first-place finish by Kendra Hillman in the 50 yard freestyle event. Hillman recorded a 26.90 to score 16 points for the Panthers. Most importantly was the fact that her win, and time, meant a qualifying time for the coming state meet. Hillman is now state-qualified in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breaststroke, which she also won on Saturday in a time of 1:18.14.

Hillman's next goal is to qualify for state in the 200 IM. This year's state meet is scheduled for Feb. 8-10.

Delta had other point-producing finishes in the 50 yard freestyle including Olivia McCrackin (5th-29.59) and Lene Meneley (12th-32.69).

Abby Williams placed sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:25.62.

The Panthers were fourth in the 200 yard medley relay (2:16), which included Samantha Wollert, Hillman, Olivia McCrackin and Jordan Tamayo. Tamayo was also fourth in the 200 yard butterfly on Saturday.

Delta's 200 yard freestyle relay also placed fourth (2:01) featuring the team of Olivia McCrackin, Wollert, Tamayo and Hillman.

Fifth place finishes went to Kalinn Komives in the 500 yard freestyle (8:11.59) and O. McCrackin in the 100 yard backstroke (1:11.97). Also fifth was the team of Hailee Ruble, Williams, Kaitlyn Neeley and Lene Meneley in the 200 yard medley relay.

Several Delta swimmers placed sixth, including Haylee Chamblin (500 yard freestyle), Ruble (100 yard backstroke) and Williams in the 100 yard breaststroke.

The team of Ashley LaHoe, Sydne West, Summer Young and Kinnah Schotten finished sixth in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Delta team members finishing seventh through twelfth included the seventh-place 200 yard freestyle relay team (Young, Emma Puruis, Schotten and Neeley) and the seventh-place 400 yard freestyle relay team (Sophia McCrackin, Brooke Hillman, Williams and Puruis).

In the 200 yard freestyle Tamayo was eighth, LaHoe (9th), Young (11th) and West (12th).

Delta point-producers in the 100 freestyle included Meneley (8th), LaHoe (9th), Puruis (10th) and Hannah Philman (11th).

The Panthers' Taylor Bess was 10th in the 100 yard backstroke.

Delta finished third in Saturday's field of four. The Panthers finished with 240 points. Fruita was first (708), Durango second (317) and Cortez fourth (23).

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta’s Abby Williams nears the finish line of her heat of the 100 yard breaststroke. Williams placed sixth in the event with a time of 1:25.62.
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