Big sweep for Demon swimmers |

Big sweep for Demon swimmers

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – There’s not much in the way of calm water in the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool these days. Not when it’s practice or meet time for the Glenwood Springs girls swimming and diving team, anyway.

The Demons are operating with full roster, one that’s loaded with young talent. Talent that was on display as Glenwood welcomed Grand Junction Central/Palisade to its home pool for a Saturday dual.

And, with a bevy of freshmen leading the way, the Demons coasted to a 146-28 win.

With its team of 28 swimmers dispatched in full force, Demon swimmers or relay teams won all 12 of Saturday’s events. A big roster is a luxury Glenwood’s girls haven’t always enjoyed.

“Last year, I think we finished with 17,” Demons co-coach Michelle Brune said. “So we have 11 more. … We have a pretty good amount of depth, too.”

Depth augmented by a number of freshmen who are already finding ways to contribute.

“The team is doing really, really well,” said junior Keevyn Scholl, one of the team’s veteran members. “We have so many good freshmen. It’s unbelievable. I can barely keep up with half of them in practice. I think this year is going to be a really big year for us, for sure.”

One of those youngsters, Ashley Roper, bagged a pair of state meet-qualifying times on Saturday. The freshman, who attends Coal Ridge High School, bettered state thresholds in both the 50-yard freestyle (26.43 seconds) and the 500 free (5:46.12).

Other individuals already in possession of state-qualifying marks are Scholl (100 breaststroke) and freshman Hannah Grumley (100 butterfly). Both qualified at last Friday’s season-opening meet in Aspen.

The Demons’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams – both of which have freshmen swimming three legs – also already have a trip to state locked up.

Talk about a promising start to the season.

Freshman Kierra Kalakewich, a Vail Christian student who moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania just a few months ago, is encouraged by what she’s seen so far.

“I like it,” she said. “It’s been awesome. The coaches are really nice and everyone on the team has been great.”

And it’s a team that’s high on talent.

“We do have a lot of talent this year,” Scholl said. “We have people good at every single event – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke.”

On deck for the Demons is a trip to Delta next Saturday. There, Glenwood will face both Montrose and the host Panthers.

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