Demon girls swimmers finish third at Montrose Invite
The self-funded Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team was back in the water this past weekend at the Montrose Invite. The meet format was a little different than the usual high school lineup. All the events that the girls swim weekly were present, plus some added sprint and distance events to make up the two-day extravaganza. With 11 high schools and more than 200 swimmers competing for supremacy, the Demon ladies garnered enough points for a third-place team finish. The 200-yard medley relay began the invite. Glenwood sprang out of the gates to a fast start, with two of its relays placing high enough to score points. Juniors Lily Thorsen and Rebecca Carcaterra joined Savanna Pearson and freshman Mikayla Axtell to take 13th place, while juniors Kierra Kalakewich, Hannah Grumley and Ashley Roper teamed with the feisty freshman Hannah Peterson to take fourth and, in the process, beat the state cut. Grumley and Vail Christian’s Kalakewich wasted little time and were right back in the water for the 200 backstroke, adding to Glenwood’s point total with fourth- and seventh-place swims. Alida Eide swam valiantly but came up one place short to be in the points.In the 50 butterfly, Carcaterra made the difficult stroke look easy as she glided through the water like a dolphin to finish in seventh. Immediately following one of the shortest events of the multi-day meet was the longest event, the 1,000 freestyle. Thorsen swam a brilliant race, going head to head with Durango’s Hannah Chapman for most of the 40 lengths of the murky pool, only to lose by a body length and a half.Tri-captain Grumley’s grueling schedule put her back in the pool for her third event, the 200 individual medley. The 200 IM consists of a swimmer completing two lengths of the pool of each stroke: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Grumley managed to take the bronze in a stacked field. Peterson wasn’t far behind, finishing seventh and in the process swimming her best time of 2 minutes, 32.06 seconds. Pearson, a senior, had an exciting swim to watch but ended up just outside the point window.Kalakewich swam a breathtaking race in the 50 backstroke where she did more than half of the pool underwater on her first 25 yards. At the conclusion of the two lengths of the pool, the junior ended up in fifth.The lady Demons continued their assault on the pool in the 200 free. Roper, a tri-captain, linked up with fellow junior Carcaterra to swim to fifth- and eighth-place finishes, respectively, in the eight-length-of-the-pool contest. Coal Ridge’s Roper had barely enough time to catch her breath before tying for fourth place in the 100 free. The 100 breast showcased Thorsen and Peterson once again, with the junior and freshman claiming the fourth and fifth spots.The final event of Friday was a barnburner, the 400 freestyle relay, with the top five teams all making the state-qualifying time. Thorsen, Roper, Peterson and Grumley swam hard for a third-place finish, just shy of second place by two-tenths of a second. Kalakewich, Pearson, Eide and Carcaterra claimed the 10th spot along with some hard-earned points towards Glenwood’s final tally of 340.5. Day two began with one of swimming’s most fun events, the 200 freestyle relay, where the top 10 teams all broke two minutes. The lady Demons just happened to have two of those teams. Carcaterra, Eide, Thorsen and sophomore Mackenzie Fuller were electrifying in their sub-two minute, 10th-place onslaught. Roper, Kalakewich, Peterson and Grumleys’ blitzkrieg was just shy of the state cut yet good enough for fifth place in a race that if you blinked you missed it. The 50 free was next, with three of Glenwood’s ladies finishing in the top seven. Kalakewich, Peterson and Thorsen finished seventh, sixth and fourth in swimming’s premier sprint.Kalakewich hopped out of the 50 and right into 100 backstroke, where she managed to save enough energy to finish 11th. Tri-captains Roper and Grumley brought home seventh and fourth, with Grumley missing the state cut by an eyelash.In an event dominated by Montrose, the 200 breaststroke, Peterson was fifth, but first of schools not being Montrose.Thorsen, a distance specialist, had another head-to-head battle for the better part of 20 lengths to finish second in the 500 free and, in the midst, come painstakingly close to the state-qualifying time. Roper muscled out a fourth place in the adventure while senior Kenzie Hill, though just missing the points, put in a top-notch effort.Carcaterra maintained her consistent effort in the 100 IM by placing eighth. Pearson continued her senior campaign with a ninth place in the 50 breaststroke. With two events to go, juniors Grumley and Carcaterra, along with senior Jenna Sobke, were showing signs of mental fatigue and bodily exhaustion. The three student-athletes were about to swim back-to-back 100 flys at the end of a two-day meet. Although Sobke finished outside the points in her individual 100 butterfly, she managed to drop two seconds off her previous season-best time. Carcaterra swam impressively to a 12th-place spot while Grumley swam to a bronze and another state cut. The ladies’ second 100 fly came in the 400 medley relay. Sobke’s swim was reminiscent of a marlin, although her relay had an unfortunate disqualification.Carcaterra’s second go-around was more fruitful. She helped her team of Eide, Pearson and Thorsen to a 10th-place swim. Grumley’s last hoorah, aided by Kalakewich, Peterson and Roper, was a foreshadowing of the Demons’ final position – third.Olivia Ayers, tri-captain Danielle Turley, sisters Grace and Sofia Gamba and Jessie Cruz all had breakthrough swims, dropping significant amounts of time, with freshman Lexie Montoya leading the drubbing by dropping more than 11 seconds in one event.The self-funded lady Demons have a couple weeks off of competition but will still be practicing to prepare for six straight weekends of competition, beginning Jan. 7 in Delta. Over the holidays, the ladies will be taking part in a swim-a-thon to raise money for their next season. Keep a watchful eye out for a lady Demon asking you to help keep her sport afloat.
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