GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The seniors on the Glenwood Springs High School girls swimming team couldn't think of a better way for their last home meet to finish.
The Demons managed top-four finishes in 10 of the 12 events held at Saturday afternoon's Demon Invitational at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and a pair of event victories helped lift Glenwood to the top of the six-team field at the end of the meet.
"Great way for us to finish our home meet," said Glenwood senior Hannah Grumley said. "It sure gives us a lot of confidence right now because we just swam against some of the best schools on the Western Slope, and we were able to win it. It really gives us the confidence that we can win [the Western Slope Championships] this year."
Grumley, one of six GSHS seniors who were recognized during a mid-meet ceremony at the pool, was just one of the Glenwood swimmers who excelled. She anchored the Demons' 400-yard freestyle, which finished second to Durango in 3 minutes, 51.24 seconds, made up ground to finish third in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.96, and led the meet off by joining Jessica Tuttle, Hannah Peterson and Ashley Roper in the 200 medley relay for a third-place finish.
Not to be outdone, Tuttle finished as the Demons' lone individual winner with her first-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.73, just missing her personal-best mark (2:02.21). Four other Glenwood swimmers (Kierra Kalakewich, Kendall Vanderhoof, Lily Thorsen and Peterson) teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.04, upsetting a top-seeded Durango squad with a time that, like Tuttle's mark, was nearly a best time for the team. The squad's top mark for the race this season is 1:49.84.
"We have what's probably the second-fastest pool on the Western Slope right here," Glenwood coach Mark Bauer said. "It's nice to get some of those extra teams here since everyone is pushing for state times, especially us."
The Demon Invitational, which originally was scheduled for Jan. 12, was moved back a week to Saturday since a state-wide meet in Lakewood was canceled. With the schedule change, Bauer invited all of the Western Slope teams who were going to attend that meet to swim in Glenwood, thus nearly doubling the amount of teams the Demon Invite typically draws.
It also gave the Demons a few more teams to beat in the standings. Glenwood finished with a team score of 332, with Durango (320), Montrose (264) and Grand Junction (189) following.
"The girls swam well," Bauer said. "For them to win their last home meet, you've gotta love that."