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.
Delta County's swim team competed at Montrose last Friday and Saturday. There were 10 teams at the competition and Delta finished eighth with 71 points.
Third year Delta County swim coach Karoline Roome is excited with this year's turnout for swimming. The Panthers show more than 25 athletes making waves at Bill Heddles Recreation Center during practice sessions.
Grand Junction High School (365) out-paddled the Durango swim team (347) to win last Friday's Delta Invitational at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Fruita finished third (249) with Gunnison placing fourth (217), Moffat County fifth (146) and host Delta sixth with 47 points.
The Delta Barracuda swim team kicked off the 2018 season with a two-day meet in Gunnison June 1, and closed out competition Aug. 5 at the seasonal state meet Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs.
The team was comprised of 38 swimmers ranging in age from 4 to 13:
The aquatics department at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will be hiring lifeguards this winter. A lifeguard training class is being offered Oct. 9-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fall swim lessons begin at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Monday, Sept. 10, for the Monday-Wednesday evening classes and Saturday, Sept. 15, for Saturday morning classes. Please sign up early as space is limited.
Delta City Council considered requests from two youth groups at its June 5 meeting.
Elyse Casselberry, Delta County community and economic development director, requested the appointment of six Delta High School students to the youth council for the upcoming school year.
The Delta City Council is weighing a request from the Delta Barracuda swim team for a donation of $5,000 to help with the purchase of new timing equipment and a scoreboard.
Darnell Place-Wise made the request on behalf of the swim team.
Delta High School senior Kendra Hillman entered last week's state swim meet ranked ninth in the 50 yd. freestyle and finished 10th. Hillman posted a personal best time of 25.93 in the race.
Delta senior Kendra Hillman was the top 50 yard freestyle swimmer last weekend on the campus of CMU in the multi teams and Southwester Conference League Championships.
Teams competing in the competition included Fruita Monument (361), Glenwood Springs (359), Grand Junction (291), Gunnison (255), Durango (246), Aspen (246), Summit (245), Montrose (156), Delta (75), Moffat County (58) and Montezuma-Cortez.
Delta won its final home swim meet on Jan. 27. The Panthers earned 434 points to outswim Moffat County (380) and Cortez (21).
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.
Delta High School's swim team traveled to Frisco to participate in the Summit Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Panthers placed third out of five teams with 141 points. Glenwood Springs won the team title with 418 points.
Last week's swim meet held in Montrose was an eight-team event. Glenwood Springs won the Montrose High School Girls Swim and Dive Invitational on Dec. 16 with 443 points.
The Panthers finished sixth with a score of 167 points.
Thirty-three swimmers are keeping the water at BHRC in constant motion during practice times for Delta High School's swim team. The participating team members are from all four Delta County schools.
In a three-team swim meet held last Friday, Delta's Panthers finished second with 342 points. Gunnison won the meet with 347 points and Montrose placed third with 270 points.
Kendra Hillman finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a winning time of 1:20.48.
Anyone for swimming in the ocean? And, not just a brief leisure excursion either. Try a 2.4 mile swim off the island of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Posing with their first place team trophy are members of the Barracuda Swim team.
Delta High School swim team is finished with its regular schedule for the 2017 season. The Panthers have showed vast improvement through the season and will end the year with district competition this week.
Delta senior Landre Whelan (right lane) swims the 200m freestyle for the first time this season to work on her conditioning
Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome brings genuine enthusiasm to practice each day.
The Panthers' second-year head coach likes to think of her athletes as top swimmers from top to bottom.
Delta High School's first swim meet was held in Gunnison on Dec. 3.
Placing third in Gunnison was Landre Whelan in the 200 individual medley, Olivia McCracken in the 100 butterfly and Whelan in the 500 freestyle.
Gail and Gary Gibson penned the following summary to a great swim season for the Delta Barracudas.
"Swimming is Family," said Tom Whelan at the recent Delta Barracudas banquet which celebrated the end of a fantastic season.
Local swimmer, Elias Carlson of Delta, traveled to California with five of his Montrose teammates to compete in the Arena Western Zone Senior Championships. His parents, Jessica and Derek Carlson, of Delta, provided the following account of the team's participation.
Sixteen of the Delta Barracudas' finest athletes competed with the best of the best at the Western Slope League Championship Swim Meet. The championship meet was held at Colorado Mesa University over three days and included over 112 events.
Delta's Barracuda swim team spent three days, last week, at the Montrose Invitational Swim Meet.
Delta represented themselves very well with a sixth-place finish out of 14 teams competing in the meet.
A report on last week's Delta Barracuda swim team was submitted by Gary Gibson.
The swim team competed in two swim competitions last week.
Jaylena Gibson provided information for a recent swim meet in Craig.
Six members of the Delta Barracudas swim team traveled to Craig to compete in the Craig ABC Invitational, including Grady Hellman, Ashton Jones, Xavier Quintanilla, Hannah Sterns, Landre Whelan and Emma Wise.
A review of the Delta Barracudas swim season was received from Gary Gibson recently. The following article reflects his reports from several sites this summer.
The Delta Barracudas swim team has started their 2016 summer season. Currently, there are 33 swimmers involved with the Barracudas program, including five new swimmers this year.
Bill Heddles Recreation Center is offering public swim lessons at a variety of days and times. All classes are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. The cost is $28 per child for Saturday sessions and $40 for Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday sessions, due at registration.
Delta High School finished fourth in a swim meet hosted by the Panthers Jan. 29. Fruita Monument won the meet with 507.5 points followed by Gunnison with 362, Delta 252 and Cortez 109.5.
Delta High School's swim team participated in two meets recently. On Jan. 8 the Panthers were in Gunnison for what was to be more than a dual between the Cowboys and Delta.
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