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Delta High School's swim team, comprised of members from schools within the county, has been busy the past few weeks. Previous meets the Panthers have competed in include the Gunnison Cowboy Invitational (Jan. 25) and the Wildcat Invitational, held at CMU on Jan. 26.

Last week's competition was at the Southwest Conference Championships at CMU.

Delta swimmers have improved throughout the season with some of the best times coming in recent meets.

Durango's 518 points was, by far, the most scored by any team at the Gunnison meet. Delta's 138 points included several top 10 finishes for the Panthers.

The Panthers had multiple fourth place finishes at Gunnison, including Hannah Sterns' time of 1:10.34 in the 100 freestyle. Kiarrah Schotten finished fifth (1:10.47, and Emma Purvis was sixth (1:12.51).

Purvis finished fourth (2:43.80) in the 200 freestyle with teammates Schotten, fifth (2:50.08), Sydnie West sixth (2:55.41) and Nadia Hill eighth (3:02.41).

Delta's 200 freestyle relay teams finished fourth (2:08.12), seventh (2:20.97) and ninth (2:30.47).

Karlie Egging had a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:26.39) and Autumn Eddy was ninth (1:41.75).

Abby Williams' 1:23.04 in the 100 breaststroke was Delta's best finish in that event.

Delta had 42 points in the seven-team field at the Wildcat Invitational. Williams had Delta's top time in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.10 and finished 13th in the event.

Schotten had Delta's top finish (14th) in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.13 to set Delta's team mark for the season to date.

Other top placers for the Panthers at the Wildcat included Hannah Sterns (23rd) in the 100 freestyle, Karlie Egging (100 backstroke and 200 freestyle), Hill endured a 19th place in the grueling 500 freestyle with Delta's 200 freestyle relay teams finishing 14th and 17th and the 200 medley relay finished 14th.

Delta's most recent competition came last weekend at the Southwestern Conference Championships. Glenwood Springs scored 428 points to win team title.

The best finishes for Delta were by Schotten in the 50 freestyle, Purvis in the 100 free, Egging in the 100 back, Williams in the 100 breaststroke, Purvis in the 200 freestyle and Hill in the 500 freestyle.

Delta's relay teams, based on time trials, were 30th and 32nd in the 200 freestyle relay, 31st and 24th in the 200 medley and 34th in the 400 freestyle.

The top marks for this year's swim team include Schotten's 50 freestyle time (30.13) at the Wildcat Invitation on Jan. 26; Williams' 100 breaststroke time (1:22.10) at the Wildcat on Jan. 1, 2019; Emma Purvis' 200 freestyle time of 2:40.27 at last weekend's Southwestern Conference Championships, Purvis' 100 freestyle time of 1:08.94 at the Southwestern Conference Championships, Karlie Egging's 100 backstroke time of 1:22.29, Schotten's 200 intermediate medley time of 3:37.29 and Hill's 500 freestyle time of 7:52.31.

This year's relay teams have had their best times in the 200 freestyle (2:08.12) at the Gunnison Cowboy Invitational (Jan. 25, 2019); the 200 medley time of 2:26.47 at the Montrose Invitational on Dec. 12, 2018 and the 400 freestyle time of 5:07.20 at the Montrose Invitational on Dec. 14, 2018.

The 3A Girls State Swimming and Diving championships will be held in Fort Collins, Feb. 9-10.

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