Demon swimmers rack up the laps to keep program afloat |

Demon swimmers rack up the laps to keep program afloat

Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Martin Hall Contributed photoHannah Peterson swims to raise money for the Laps 4 Loot fundraiser held by the Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team over the holiday break.

Over the Christmas holidays, while most people were lounging and eating very sweet, tasty, unhealthy food, the self-funded Glenwood Springs High School girls swim team was doing the polar opposite.

Since the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board decided to cut high school swimming funding last year due to budget restraints, the young ladies have been out seeking the almighty dollar to keep their beloved sport afloat.

The Demons decided they could turn a regular practice session into a fundraising machine by swimming laps to raise money, or what is now known as “The Lady Demons Laps 4 Loot.”

Instead of swimming a workout one evening over the holidays, the girls swam for two hours straight. Faithful parents showed up to count laps and to cheer the team on while serving the girls smoothies and other healthy snacks to aid in the completion of their journey.

Some of the eighth-graders that will be joining the team next year showed up to swim with their future teammates as well.

The lady Demons, along with their coach and the future Demons, swam 2,445 lengths of the 25-meter pool, which is equivalent to 122,250 meters – or approximately 76 miles – in two hours. In the process, they raised $3,250.50 – and counting.

Those would like to donate to help keep the program alive should contact Glenwood Springs High School or contact coach Mark Bauer at 618-6898.

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