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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Royle Swimmer of the Year, Demons dominate All-Conference

  • The 2012 season has already been a success story for the Dodge City Lady Demon swim team, but with a strong performance on Tuesday night in Garden City for the Western Athletic Conference swim meet, the girls could make their mark on a special year.


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  • The 2012 season has already been a success story for the Dodge City Lady Demon swim team, but with a strong performance on Tuesday night in Garden City for the Western Athletic Conference swim meet, the girls could make their mark on a special year.
         In the end, the Demons ended up finishing third in the event with 283 points, while Great Bend barely edged out Garden City for the team title, beating out the Buffaloes by one point.
         Of the 10 swimmers on the 1st Team All-Conference squad, five of them came from Dodge City. Grace Royle, Zhu Zhu Lundin Daniels, Jenny Delzeit, Megan Gerard, and Kari Keahey all earned spots on the roster with their efforts throughout the season.
         "The most exciting part of the day for me as a coach was seeing the 1st team all conference line up, and realizing that five out of the 10 spots were our athletes," said head coach Deena Hamilton. "Even though we placed third overall as a team, it is amazing to think that we have five of the WAC's top swimmers on our squad."
         On top of that, Royle was crowned WAC Swimmer of the Year as she took home titles in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle.
         "Grace swam all throughout the off season, and worked really hard in weights class this year," Hamilton said. "Her getting swimmer of the year sends a strong message to her teammates, especially our underclassmen. The fact that she only started swimming last season and has come so far in such a short amount of time is a really big deal."
         As for the rest of the squad, Lundin Daniels captured another title for the Demons, winning the 100-yard fly. She also placed 2nd in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing .12 seconds behind Hannah Hildebrand of Great Bend. Gerard had another strong meet, placing 3rd in the 200 free and 2nd in the 500-yard freestyle.
         Keahey set a personal best time in the 100 free, finish behind Royle as the runner-up, and she also came in 4th in the 100-yard backstroke. Delzeit secured her spot on the All-Conference team with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke, while also earning a State consideration time with a 2nd-place finish in the 100 fly.
         So far this year, two of the Demons' relay teams have qualified for the State meet, while three swimmers have earned consideration times. Those include Delzeit (fly, breaststroke), Lundin Daniels (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back), and Royle (100 free, 200 free).
         "My goal from the start of the year was to get more individuals to make consideration times and qualifying times," Hamilton said. "I know these three had that same goal in mind and have pushed themselves throughout the season."
         In the relay events, the 200 medley (Keahey, Delzeit, Daniels, Talia Falcon) fell .09 seconds short of winning, while 200 freestyle (Royle, Gerard, Falcon, Delzeit) also came in 2nd, and the 400 freestyle (Royle, Gerard, Keahey, Daniels) took home the gold.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Now the Demons will wait to see who will join the relay squads in Topeka for the 6A State meet.

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